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Ascent of Thousand Islands National Park High Point on 2011-12-07

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Thousand Islands National Park High Point
    Location:Canada-Ontario
    Elevation:150 m / 495 ft

Ascent Trip Report

An eastbound bushwack in open woods from a house next to a small lake ....... 3km, 1 1/4 hour RT.

The main goal of this overnight trip was to bag Jefferson CoHP, just south of Watertown, NY ..... it was not to be. As is the case in most of my trips I try to bag as many Peaks possible on the way to the main destination, so this Peak in the recently discovered PB List "Canada National Park High Points" was the first on the agenda (I can't count the number of times I drove-by this peak over the last 40 years).
From Hwy 401, exit 659, we traveled a very short distance south on Hwy 3 (Reynolds Road) to a right turn on Granite Ridge Road, .9km right turn on Fitzsimmons Road, .9km to its dead-end at a turn-around. On the left is a driveway , Mailbox #354 with a sign "Soft Landing B&B", we drove .25km to the house next to a small lake, a beautiful setting and a nice place to stay (clearly shown on the Google Satellite Map).
No one at home, the place looked quiet. Rose would wait/read in the van while I went for a walk in the woods. The house was our my TH, the summit is to the southwest (255 degree Compass).

I walked west 100 meters to the lake where a 20 meter-wide maintained grass swath heads generally southwest in the woods. I followed it to its end (700 meters from the TH) then turned right and entered the woods on a path (look for an orange flag tape). Once inside the woods I bushwacked generally west about 800 meters to the summit. This route's terrain is up and down in open mixed woods with a number of rocky bumps and wet areas to contend-with (I went around most of them) .... the going is easy.

When I reached the summit ridge I was confronted with a left-to-right rocky wall with a woods track along its bottom, I went left on the track a short distance (passing a blue trail marker) where I found a way to the top of the ridge ..... mostly beautiful open rock with some evergreens and great views in most directions, a camping area in the sparse woods with propane tanks and a fire pit, a wooden flag-less pole at the north end and Hwy 401 can be seen and heard a stones throw away to the north. Signs of a woods track and a few blue Trail markers (near the HP) tells me that this could be the Park's maintained trail. I must contact the park and check out this (?) trail.
I found a BM embedded in rock "Leves Geodetic Survey, 123,120" at GPS 44.37209, -76.03763, my actual high spot however is 15 meters to the south (a number of spots vie for the HP). I descended the same way in 25 minutes.

From here we drove south over the "1000 Island Bridge" to the Hill Island HP, ON.

"KEEP CLOSE NATURE'S HEART .... BREAK AWAY ONCE IN A WHILE TO CLIMB A MOUNTAIN OR SPEND TIME IN THE WOODS. WASH YOUR SPIRIT CLEAN." ....... john muir


Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:89 m / 295 ft
    Extra Gain:15 m / 50 ft
    Distance:3 km / 1.9 mi
    Route:bushwack from east side fitzsimmons road
    Trailhead:end of Fitzsimmons Road  91 m / 300 ft
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:25 Minutes



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