Ascent of Beausoleil Island High Point on 2012-08-18

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Saturday, August 18, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Boat
Peak:Beausoleil Island High Point
    Elevation:212 m / 696 ft

Ascent Trip Report

A boat ride and a trail/easy bushwack to 4 areas ...... 3.3km, 2h50 hours RT (it can be done faster)

Georgian Bay Islands National Park is composed of 63 Islands, spread throughout the Bay and accessible only by water. The largest of the Islands is Beausoleil, home to the Park's HP and the only Island with recreational facilities, including cabins, camping, beaches and trails. This whole Georgian bay area is a very beautiful part of Ontario.

We arrived at Honey Harbor and went directly to the Parks Information Office. We were able to get on the 11h00 hour "Day Tripper Vessel" with a 15h30 hour return, heading to Cedar Spring at the south end of the Island, at a cost 0f 13$ per person (the other alternative is a water taxis at a much higher cost). "Day Tripper Vessel" also go to the north end of the Island
The 20 minute boat ride dropped us off at the Tourist Office, right at the Cedar Spring beach.

PB shows 4 Candidate High Point Areas and I went to all 4. I have numbered my Areas in the order listed in PB and visited them in the order listed below. Rose decided to stay back and laze around the beach.

11h40 hours .....I left the TH at the rear of the Tourist Office southbound on the Lookout trail, to a right on the Huron Trail (all distances given are estimates only).

AREA 2 (most southern area).
I walked north on the Huron trail .7km, GPS 44.86118,-79.87009 where I turned left and bushwacked west .2km to the summit area on the Islands north-south main ridge (12h15 hours) ....... the fairly flat ridge has nothing obvious, I chose my spot at a pile of rocks GPS 44.86118,-79.87202.

AREA 3 (furthest west area)
From Area 2 I bushwacked a 350 degree magnetic compass line for .7km and chose my spot at GPS 44.86582,-79.87344 (12h35 hours) ...... again nothing obvious, there is a 50M long flat area, I built a cairn.

AREA 1 (the center area east area 3)
From Area 3 I bushwacked east .3km and chose my spot at a large rock (13h00 hours) ..... nothing obvious on the north-south ridge, GPS 44.86618,-79.86980.

AREA 4 (furthest north area)
From Area1 I bushwacked north for .3km and beyond looking for some evidence of a high spot, I couldn't find anything (13h30 hours) ..... I came back south and concluded that there is no high ground here, my observations told me that the ridge is flat or descends slightly to the north from Area 1. I think that this Area should be removed as a Candidate but I'm not sure.
From here I bushwacked .4km east to the Huron Trail.

The whole bushwack to the 4 Areas is in open deciduous woods with some dead fall, easy going throughout. As I have noted there is nothing obvious, so the best thing to do is to walk the whole ridge in a north-south direction (like I did) thereby touching all high ground. The east side of the main ridge is fairly steep.

Once back on the Huron Trail I walked south to the Treasure Trail then on to THUMB POINT LOOKOUT, .8km (14h00 hours) ..... an outstanding granite rock lookout, open to the bay with camping facilities by the water, spot elev 186M, my GPS 44.85928,-79.86223.
This is a great spot to end the hike, relaxed/snacked before going back to the Tourist Office .4km (14h30 hours).

Once back on the main land I went to the Park Office for a comment card "I suggested to the Park that all of Canada's National Parks should have their HP identified, complete-with a maintained trail."

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:38 m / 122 ft
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:38 m / 122 ft
    Distance:3.3 km / 2.1 mi
    Route:lookout/huron tr/bushwack from cedar spring visito
    Trailhead:cedar spring tourist office  174 m / 574 ft
Descent Statistics
    Route:lookout/huron tr/bushwack from cedar spring visito

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