Ascent of Pasquia Hills High Point on 2016-08-10

Climber: Michael Schwartz

Date:Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Ascent Type:No Summit Goal
Peak:Pasquia Hills High Point
    Elevation:2717 ft / 828 m

Ascent Trip Report

I queried the Saskatchewan Parks authorities about the Psaquia Hills highpoint, thinking I might head up that way this September. Adam Helman and Bob Packard made an epic hike there several years ago as noted in their trip report. After discovering that the Pasquia Hills, located in the Wildcat Hill Provincial Park are the home of both cougars and wolves and are very remote and untraveled, I decided a solo journey there was ill advised. For the benefit of anyone planning a visit, here is the verbatim reply I received from the park authorities:

"There are some snowmobile trails that you can hike on that are accessible from hwy 9 north that turns into gravel. There is also a good old logging road that is off of this road is blocked off by a berm and a gate. This road takes you into the hills but then the paths start to weaken and soon you find yourself in a slash pile .. This road depending on experience will still give you a solid day hike there and a day hike back. There are a few off shoots to this logging road that can be hiked as well - this road is not park land but will get you to the edge of park land. If you want to stay on park land you need to access the snowmobile trails but this year with it being wet might be difficult to hike and you will need a mosquito suit as the bugs will be very bad up there. There is no cell service although I did get a bar on the top of the hills. A gps and compass are also needed incase you venture off the road. There are wolves and other wildlife so please keep that in mind. In fact when I was there the wolves were howling around us. It's a beautiful remote piece of Saskatchewan enjoy your trip."

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