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Ascent of Ghost Range Peak on 2012-07-22

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Sunday, July 22, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Ghost Range Peak
    Location:Canada-Ontario
    Elevation:487 m / 1601 ft

Ascent Trip Report

A woods track and herd path ..... 5.6km, 1h40 hours RT.

We drove west into Ontario from the Quebec side to the junction Hwy 672/101 (23km west of the QC/ON border), where we continued west on 101 for 1.2km to a right onto an unnamed gravel road that leads north to an old sand quarry. We stayed right at the first fork and came to a clearing at 200M from 101 and parked the van, this was my TH.

A woods track leaves the east side of the clearing, this was my route. I stayed right at the first immediate fork and walked the woods track generally east to where it bends/descends left to a second fork at .4km from TH. I stayed left and continued/climbed north for another 1.8km to a height-of-land in a small col, northeast of the summit (GPS 48.54074.-79.82984).

On the way up I passed a small beaver pond on the left ..... the one beaver I saw put on a show for me, memories of my climb to Ontario's Hastings CoHP.
The woods track at places is badly overgrown, tunnel-like, however it's easy.

At the height-of-land a well-marked/wide herd path is to the left, the few stone steps are painted red, pink/orange flag tape adorn the trees .... can't be missed.
My original plan was to bushwack from here, so once again someone has taken-care-of-me !!!! I had no clue that a trail existed.

I followed/climbed the good herd oath southwesterly directly to the summit's Communication Tower (appears to be an old abandoned Fire Tower), about .6km, 15 minutes. ...... I chose my HP just 2M south of the Tower, GPS 48.53876,-79.83507, I added orange tape to the spot. The views are limited.
At about 25M before arriving at the Tower at a small clump of trees, there is a BM embedded in a rock right on the trail "Leves Geodesique Canada 27306A". I orange flagged the spot.

This good herd path indicates one of two things, a lot of people come up to visit or it's there for the Tower's maintenance people. My guess is the latter because I did not see any evidence of roads at the top.

From here we drove back to Quebec to Camping Bon Vent in Duparquet.

"I HAVE BEEN A ROVER, I HAVE HIKED ALONE,
CLIMBED COUNTLESS MOUNTAINS, NEVER FINDING THE END
STILL I AM PRETTY HAPPY, AND THE REASON YOU SEE
ALL ALONG MY TRAILS, LIFE HAS BEEN GOOD TO ME."
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:183 m / 601 ft
    Distance:5.6 km / 3.5 mi
    Route:woods track/herd path from hwy 101
    Trailhead:sand quarry near 672/101  304 m / 1000 ft
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:47 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:35 Minutes



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