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Ascent to Northumberland County High Point--Bump E of Area 1 on 2009-09-04

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Supported by Rose
see TR for details of today's hike
Date:Friday, September 4, 2009
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Northumberland County High Point - -Bump E of Area 1
    Location:Canada-Ontario
    Elevation:1138 ft / 346 m
    Remaining Elevation:30 ft / 10 m (48% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

PB shows 2 Candidate HP Areas for this County inside a contour of 350 meters. In checking the topo maps I have found 3 other areas with a 350 meter contour located northeast of road intersection CR45/Beagle Club Road and all inside the same 300 meter contour as Area 1. According to the "USA County Highpointer Association" all 5 Areas would have to be visited in order to claim "successful", so I will follow that same rule for Canada.

FIRST VISIT TO THIS COUNTY WAS ON 2009-09-04.
Area 1 ...... unsuccessful, I had sketchy information nor my GPS, I would find out later that I was no where near the HP, I ended up on a bump 600M to the east and 10M lower in elevation. For record purposes I entered a TR here.
Rose and I were driving home from Welland ON. on hwy #401, after a 5 week road trip to the USA. We decided to take a short detour to visit this candidate highpoint with limited information. We left hwy #401, exit 487, drove North on #CR23 to Centreton, a flashing light at junction #CR23/22, and continued straight on McDonald Road for 4.2km to a left on Jewel Road. In 550m Jewel Road makes a bend to the right, we parked at this bend, this was my TH ....... the HP is to the Southwest.
I followed the good dirt track heading Southwest, past a track to the right, and arrived at a dirt track intersection. I continued straight ahead (very steep) for 75m to a T intersection on top of the (N-S)ridge, this point is about .8km from the TH ...... the High ground I went-to is about .4km south (left) of this T intersection in a densely wooded area beyond a grassy knoll (I would discover later that the HP is actually abt .6km to the west of this point and can be easily accessed from the south).

SECOND VISIT WAS ON 2011-07-14.
Once again we were driving home after visiting family in Welland, ON, this time fully equipped with all the necessary information except for Area 5 (I'll need another visit).
AREA 1 ..... we drove north on CR23 from hwy401/exit487 to flashing light at Centreton, continued north on McDonald Road for 3.1km to a left on OFSC E108 Road (Dunbar Road on Google map), large sign "Northumberland County, No cars past this point". This was my TH, highpoint is to the west. This area is a popular off road ATV sport, OFSC E108 is a driveable road.
I walked west 1.2km to a four-way intersection, straight is E108 and left-right is a good/partly-gated dirt road for non-motorized vehicles, signed "Northumberland County Forest Non-Motorized Trail", refers you to www.northumberland.ca/foresttrails.



"IT ISN'T HARD TO BE GOOD FROM TIME TO TIME ....WHAT IS TOUGH, IS BEING GOOD EVERY DAY."
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:68 ft / 20 m
    Extra Gain:33 ft / 10 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:woods rd/xcountry/bushwack to area 1
    Trailhead:North of Centreton, Jewel Road  1140 ft / 347 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack



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