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
    Elevation:1601 ft / 487 m

Ascent Trip Report

I summited this Peak twice, all as per this one only TR.

VISIT 1 DATED 2012-07-22 ..........A woods track and herd path ..... 5.6km, 587' gain, 1h40 hours RT.
Rose and I 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 followed the gravel road for 200M (staying right) to a clearing and parked the van, this was my TH (48.52818,-79.83030)
The route that I took is clearly shown on the ON Base Map.

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 abt .6km directly to the summit's Communication Tower (appears to be an old abandoned Fire Tower). ...... 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 at the nice West Lookout.
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.

VISIT 2 DATED 2017-07-31 with Derek Standen .... successful.
This entry is sort of a good news-bad news report.

The good news is that this successful climb was Derek's 51st Ontario COHP and thereby became the first person to complete the PB List "ON COHPs". Congratulations to a super guy and as far as I know Ontario's Premier Bushwacker - check out his web site ""
The bad news is that I opted not to attempt our planned climb to my 51st Ontario COHP, thereby not having the distinction of joining Derek's club, for reasons given below.

Some background.
Derek and I planned a 3 day hiking trip back in the spring in order to complete the PB List "ON COHPs". There are 51 counties on said List and we both had done 50. The plan was for Derek to finish first on Ghost Range Peak, followed by Ben the next day on Ishpatina Ridge North.
After Derek's celebratory summit I broke the bad news (on the descent, didn't want to spoil Derek's 51st, which in a way I probably did).
After yesterday's difficulties on my climb to Mont Brumeux-Sommet Est (see its TR for the details) I decided not to attempt this hike. I didn't think that I would be able to do this hike (perhaps 3 times as hard as the Brumeux climb) in a reasonable amount of time, and perhaps more importantly very unfair of me to knowingly put Derek in a difficult/precarious situation. After all it would be Derek that would have to deal with the consequences.
Derek was very understanding of my situation, adding, "Well do it another time, just let me know when you want to go."

We had a nice long chat about hiking in general before deciding to go our own way.
As the lyrics in a few songs of my early years said, "Que Sera, Sera." and "That's Life".

As far as the hike itself went - no changes to report only to say that the Tower has been totally removed, little evidence of the foundations remain. I forgot to hang the Glass-Jar-Canister that I brought with me - pissed.
The trail, still overgrown, has now a number of downed trees across its way.

Again congrats to Derek, who has promised to write a guide book on the "ON COHPs", the hiking community needs one.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:587 ft / 178 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:woods track/herd path from hwy 101
    Trailhead:sand quarry near 672/101  1014 ft / 309 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Time:47 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:35 Minutes

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