Ascent of Taylor Island Highpoint on 2020-02-21

Climber: David Parratt

Others in Party:Janis
Date:Friday, February 21, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Taylor Island Highpoint
    Elevation:830 ft / 252 m

Ascent Trip Report

Taylor Island is a large island in Lake Muskoka. It is approx. 3 km long and at best about 0.5 km at its widest. The island is formed by two parallel ridges with a central depression. Down the centre runs a hydro right of way. The perimeter of the island is pretty much lined with cottages. The only time to bag this peak is in the winter and when Lake Muskoka is safely frozen. We X-country skied from our cottage down the channel between Taylor Island and the mainland. We entered the island along a snowmobile trail and climbed to the main ridge. Turning right we followed the hydro right of way as it passed near the Highpoint. There were a couple of rock piles at the summit. Standing there, we had excellent views over Lake Muskoka. We then skied along the central spine of Taylor Island for about 2 km exiting onto Lake Muskoka at Turtle Bay.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:92 ft / 28 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.5 mi / 5.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:92 ft / 28 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.3 km
    Start Trailhead:Cottage Lake Muskoka  738 ft / 224 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.3 km
    Route:via hydro right of way on Taylor Island
    End Trailhead:Cottage Lake Muskoka  

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