Ascent of Muskoka High Point on 2012-08-16

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Thursday, August 16, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Muskoka High Point
    Elevation:541 m / 1778 ft

Ascent Trip Report

A woods track hike with an easy bushwack ..... 7.2km, 3H00 hours RT including a lot of time to identify the HP.

Located at the very northeast corner of the County.
I followed the route taken by Derek Standen's in his TR. All was as per his TR except perhaps for the HP location .... as he says "no obvious HP".

I started my bushwack at the same spot as Derek, an open area where the track bends west, my GPS reading was 45.49972,-78.93692.
I bushwacked/followed a straight line (23 degree magnetic compass) to the summit, except for the scramble section this is an easy wack in beautiful open deciduous woods. My line took me over a false/confusing bump where my GPS told me that I had to continue. I descended to a lower area for 100M before the final climb to the summit area.
I came to a short north-south ridge that looked to be the high ground, I continued northwest finding Derek's erratic rock, his chosen HP is at the fallen tree 30M to the north of the rock. I found Derek's tape marking with an additional pink tape on the same tree. My GPS reading was exactly the same as Derek's, 45.50752,-78.93512.

I took a lot of time checking out the area and my eye-level concluded that the HP was on the north-south ridge referred-to above. The ridge is fairly flat for about 30-40M, I chose my spot at its north end, GPS 45.50712,-78.93434 (this spot is about 50M southeast of the erratic rock). I added 2 orange flags to a tree.

As reported there is nothing obvious on this summit, so the best thing to do is to touch all bases for the home run.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:191 m / 633 ft
    Elevation Loss:476 m / 1566 ft
    Distance:7.2 km / 4.5 mi
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:167 m / 551 ft
    Extra Loss:35 m / 115 ft
    Distance:3.6 km / 2.2 mi
    Route:rd/bushwack nb from tasso lake rd
    Trailhead:tasso lake road  409 m / 1342 ft
    Time Up:1 Hours 25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:441 m / 1451 ft
    Extra Gain:24 m / 82 ft
    Distance:3.6 km / 2.2 mi
    Route:woods track/bushwack nb from tasso lake road
    Trailhead:tasso lake road  124 m / 409 ft
    Time Down:1 Hours 

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