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Ascent of Point Pelee National Park High Point on 2012-03-20

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
Date:Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Point Pelee National Park High Point
    Location:Canada-Ontario
    Elevation:180 m / 591 ft

Ascent Trip Report

PB lists 5 Candidate High Point Areas for this Park, we visited all 5 of them in the order entered below. They are old sand dunes, now wooded.

We found our way to the Point Pelee National Park Entrance at the northwest corner of the Park, we paid a senior's fee of $5.40 each.
We drove south on Point Pelee Drive 1.9 km to Northwest Beach Road #1200 on the right, parked at the Locked Gate, this was my TH for Areas 5, 2 & 1. The paved road leads 100+ yards to the Beach Parking Area, normally the Gate should be opened.

AREA 5
I walked 30 meters to the road crest, then right 15 meters to the obvious bump inside the woods. I descended back to the road.
AREA 2
From the road I walked a herd path southeast in fairly open woods 100+ meters over a number of bumps, coming back and choosing my HP on the 3rd bump in dense brush, 60 meters from the road at GPS 41.97155,-82.53579.
NB: #5 is much lower in elevation than #2 and in my opinion should be removed as a Candidate.
AREA 1
From my TH I walked south on Point Pelee Drive .25 km to a herd path on the right, that led 50 meters to the obvious HP, GPS 41.97028,-82.53484.

AREAS 3 & 4
From the above TH we drove south .65km to a left into the Marsh Boardwalk Parking Area, this was my TH for #3 & 4. Just before this Parking Area on the right is a one-way paved road exiting from the beach.
I walked across the road, then up the beach road to it's crest. Both candidates are on obvious bumps, beside the road, in open woods .... #3 is to the left at GPS 41.96765,-82.53281 and #4 is to the right at much lower elevation and in my opinion should be removed as a Candidate.

ANOTHER CANDIDATE
There are a number of bumps north of Area 4 that looked higher, so I checked them out and chose a bump that merits to be a Candidate .... 200 meters north of Marsh Boardwalk Parking, 40 meters west of Point Pelee Drive, GPS 41.96893,-82.53354.

As I descended to the road from my last bump, a Park Ranger stopped to inform me that walking off-marked trails in the Park is not permitted. It's noted that there are numerous animal/herd paths in the woods.

We spent the rest of the day enjoying this Park in unusual warm weather. Th southern tip of this Park is Canada's most southern mainland point at the 42nd Parallel.

"THE MOST REWARDING THINGS YOU DO IN LIFE ARE OFTEN THE ONES THAT LOOK LIKE THEY CANNOT BE DONE." ...... Arnold Palmer.




Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:68 m / 226 ft
    Extra Gain:30 m / 100 ft
    Distance:2 km / 1.2 mi
    Route:visit to 6 areas
    Trailhead:point pelee drive  172 m / 565 ft
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack



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