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Ascent of Hill Island 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:Hill Island High Point
    Location:Canada-Ontario
    Elevation:120 m / 394 ft

Ascent Trip Report

A northeast easy bushwack from Sky Deck Road ...... 1.8 km, 1h15 hour RT including all of the searching/stomping around.

After visiting "Saint Lawrence Islands National Park HP" we traveled south on Hwy 137 (from Hwy 401, exit 661), paid our $2.50 toll fee and drove over the "1000 Island Bridge" to Hill Island. Immediately past the "1000 Island Observation Tower" we made a left turn on Sky Deck Road and drove 1.5km to the TH Parking on the left side, just where the road makes a right turn.
The start of the trail is the opening in the fence signed "Pedestrian Traffic Only" on the north side of the Parking. The summit is on the ridge about .8km to the northeast. A good unblazed trail heads northeast, staying right-of/below the summit's main ridge.

I left the TH heading northeast on the good trail, at 100 meters I got off the trail by staying left and went across a field in a general north direction (look for orange flag tape) to the start of the woods where I climbed steeply to the top of the rocky ridge (.3km from TH) .... note that all my distances in this report are estimates only. Once on the ridge I turned right and followed the ridge (.5km meters) in its northeast direction all the way to where I was sure it dropped-off (.8km from the TH). This whole route is well blazed with orange flag tape and the odd pink and blue tape.
The undulating ridge is mostly rock with a number of open rock faces, open woods and very easy going. There is no obvious HP bump, very difficult to pick the HP even with my eye level.
The ridge has a number of animal paths which I followed (in fact I saw a white-tailed deer as I attained the ridge, he looked at me as if he knew that the hunting season ended a few days back), signs of human traffic, a few fenced-in areas for presumably conservation and a number of trees tagged for cutting.

At the very north end of the ridge I went over a large left-right stone wall (at an opening) where just beyond I chose my furthest north possible HP candidate (A) at GPS 44.35600, -75.95788.
I then backtracked on the ridge going-to/stomped all of the possible high spots. I chose another spot (B) at GPS 44.35367, -75.96079 that I am guessing to be "The" HP, (B) being .35km south of (A).
My furthest-south spot (C) was at GPS 44.35274, -75.96163, .15km south of (B).

I returned to the TH the same way. We drove to Watertown, NY for the night.

"IF PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO COME HIKING, HOW ARE YOU GOING TO STOP THEM." ..... a variation on berraism.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:37 m / 119 ft
    Elevation Loss:37 m / 119 ft
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:37 m / 119 ft
    Route:trail/xcountry/bushwack nb from sky deck road
    Trailhead:sky deck road  83 m / 275 ft
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:37 m / 119 ft
    Distance:1 km / 0.6 mi
    Route:trail/xcountry/bushwack nb from sky deck road
    Trailhead:sky deck road  83 m / 275 ft



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