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Ascent of Northumberland County High Point on 2011-07-14

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Thursday, July 14, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Northumberland County High Point
    Location:Canada-Ontario
    Elevation:356 m / 1168 ft

Ascent Trip Report


I had to make 2 visits to this County. PB shows 2 Candidate HP Areas for this County inside a contour of 350 meters. In checking the Google Topo Map there are 3 other areas (easily accessible) with a 350 meter contour located northeast of road intersection CR45/Beagle Club Road and both inside the same 300 meter contour as Area 1. I decided to include 2 of these other areas on my second trip to this County and perhaps visit the 3rd area on another trip.

NB: *******
I should note that after this TR Dereck Standen informed me that the much more detailed ON BASE Maps clearly show that the 3 areas I refer-to are much more lower in elevation and should not be considered. After taking a look at Dereck's heads up I agreed fully with his finding, so these 3 other areas refered-to above need not be visited. However as I note below, they are worth the visit.

FIRST VISIT TO THIS COUNTY WAS ON 2009-09-04.
AREA 1 ...... unsuccessful, I had sketchy information nor my GPS, I would find out later that I was no where near the HP, I ended up on a bump 600M to the east and 10M lower in elevation. For record purposes I entered a TR here.
Rose and I were driving home from Welland ON. on hwy #401, after a 5 week road trip to the USA. We decided to take a short detour to visit this candidate highpoint with limited information. We left hwy #401, exit 487, drove North on #CR23 to Centreton, a flashing light at junction #CR23/22, and continued straight on McDonald Road for 4.2km to a left on Jewel Road. In 550m Jewel Road makes a bend to the right, we parked at this bend, this was my TH ....... the HP is to the Southwest.
I followed the good dirt track heading Southwest, past a track to the right, and arrived at a dirt track intersection. I continued straight ahead (very steep) for 75m to a T intersection on top of the (N-S)ridge, this point is about .8km from the TH ...... the High ground I went-to is about .4km south (left) of this T intersection in a densely wooded area beyond a grassy knoll (I would discover later that the HP is actually abt .6km to the west of this point and can be easily accessed from the south).
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SECOND VISIT WAS ON 2011-07-14 (A successful visit to PB's AREAS 1 & 2 plus the 2 other Near-By Areas which I named here as 3 & 4 (didn't have time for the 3rd area).
Once again we were driving home after visiting family in Welland, ON, this time fully equipped with all the necessary information.

AREA 1 ..... successful, 5.2km, 2 hour RT.
We drove north on CR23 from hwy401/exit487 to flashing light at Centreton, continued north on McDonald Road for 3.1km to a left on the signed OFSC E108 Road (Dunbar Road on Google map), large sign "Northumberland County, No cars past this point". This was my TH, highpoint is to the west. This area is a popular off road ATV sport, OFSC E108 is a driveable road.
I walked west on the sandy road 1.2km to a four-way-intersection, straight is E108 and left-right is a good/partly-gated sandy road only for non-motorized vehicles, signed "Northumberland County Forest Non-Motorized Trail", it refers you to www.northumberland.ca/foresttrails.
I turned right (north) .4km to a height-of-land then turned left into the woods and bushwacked west, on the way I came upon a good trail going in the same direction that took me to the highground at about .5km from the height-of-land. I took the trail back to the Sandy road so what follows is my recommended route.
From the four-way-intersection (above) walk north on the dirt road, over the height-of-land, to a good trail on the left at about .7km with a posted white sign "Northumberland County Forest", my GPS here read 44.11178, 78.07113.
I turned left and followed the winding trail west to the highground at approx .7km. The trail passes to the left and just lower than the highground. I bushwacked/stomped the highground area the best I could, finally coming back to my chosen spot at about 80 yards northwest of the PB coordinates, my GPS read 44.11095, 78.07480, I added orange flag tape to my spot (difficult for me to pick "the" high spot).

AREA 2 ...... successful, 1km, 20 minutes RT.
From the AREA 1 TH (above) we traveled north on McDonald Road to a left on CR29, then 8.1km to the entrance "Lafarge Quarry" on the left, this is .9km past Bates Road (on the way we crossed CR45).
We turned left and drove south (gate was open), past weigh scales, on the rough road inside the quarry to the high ground area at 1km, we parked here. This is a large/long east-west high ground which has all been quarried-out.
PB puts the spot at 50 meters south of our parked van, the high ground no longer there. I walked 100 meters south to higher ground (on a definite east-west higher ridge, ??? unsure if natural), then left (north of east) along the ridge for good distance, before coming back to my chosen spot (GPS 44.10966,-78.13932) at about 300 meters from where I turned left.
We got out as quickly as possible and we didn't see anyone.

AREA 3 is the Communication Tower (inside the 350 meter contour) northeast of road intersection CR45/Beagle Club Road ..... successful, drive-up with a 200 meter walk, 15 minutes RT.
From Area 2 we found our way to the above noted intersection and drove north on CR45 .4km to a right on a rough/dirt road which we drove generally east .5km, then north .4km and parked the van to the left of the Communication Tower.
I walked the rest of the way on a grass track (small sign CRTA Oak Ridge Trail Assoc) 100 meters northwest to the obvious summit .... an open grass area with tall evergreens, old Tower foundations and partial views through the trees. My chosen spot was west of the foundations at GPS 44.09733, 78.09535

AREA 4 is located to the northeast of the AREA 3 Communication Tower at about half a kilometer ...... successful, 1km, 15 minutes RT from AREA 3.
From our parked van at the communication Tower walk north 20 yards on the grass track to a good dirt trail that leaves to the right and takes you northeast directly to the obvious summit and descends the other side. My GPS beside/left of the trail read 44.10009, 78.09199.
Both AREA 3 and 4 are peak-like (unlike 1 and 2) and worth the visit, they can also be accessed from the Cobourg District Scout Camp, located on CR45 1km north of the intersection CR45/Beagle Club Road, it was closed on this day.

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Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:201 m / 657 ft
    Extra Gain:77 m / 253 ft
    Distance:7.4 km / 4.6 mi
    Route:from mcdonald rd/rtes 29 & 45 to areas 1,2,3,4.
    Trailhead:rte E108/29/45  309 m / 1017 ft
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack



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