Ascent of Turtle Mountain on 2016-10-16

Climber: Dave Ward

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, October 16, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Turtle Mountain
    Elevation:600 ft / 182 m

Ascent Trip Report

A hike out to Turtle Mountain had been on my "to do" list for a number of years, so in the morning I decided this day was the day. Access to the road with camps before starting the hike, is gained by taking the woods road at civic #513, Hwy 177 in Nerepis, NB. The access road passes under Hwy 7, then turn left. Almost immediately, the road swings to the right (west) and the orange-painted gate should be open. Although you could start your hike from there, I continued along the road for 2.2 km (keep to the right, past another private gated road) and parked in a small parking area beside a camp (which was unoccupied this day). My starting point was there, but another hiker with an SUV parked another km further west, where the two lakes meet (Robin Hood Lake to the north, and Little John Lake to the south), separated by a small bridge.

After crossing the bridge, stay on the main trail. There are a number of spurs along the way, but stay on the wider and more frequently used trail, which is also an ATV trail. You come to an open area on a rock; keep going straight to the left. You'll then come to another large open area on a rock. If you take the trail that swings to the left from this point, I believe it will bring you to Mawhane Mtn, about an hour return, according to a couple of teens who took it by accident. But, to continue to Turtle Mtn, keep going straight (west), down the other side of the rock, and the trail continues on from there.

For most of the trail, it's just gradual ascending and descending, nothing strenuous. The last 5-10 minutes before reaching Turtle Mtn, is a steep climb up a rock.

On this day, I passed 3 ATV's, 3 people on mountain bikes, and about 20 hikers. It was overcast and cool, and the summit was very windy. But there was clear visibility. I would say the warmest it got this day was about 15 C.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Very Windy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Main trail.
    Start Trailhead:2.2 km west of Hwy 7   
    Time:2 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 

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