Cup and Saucer

Posted by Derek on Jul 17, 2010

Cup and Saucer / Manitoulin High Point

Cup and Saucer / Manitoulin High Point

Height: 1155 feet / 352 meters
GPS recorded height: 1171 feet / 357 meters
Lat/Lon: N45 51.000 W82 06.370
Date Summited: July 19, 2009
Last Updated: September 13, 2014

The Cup and Saucer is the highest point on Manitoulin Island. There are 2 ways to get to Manitoulin Island. From Sudbury, take Highway 17 west and turn south onto Highway 6 through Espanola. Continue on Highway 6 for 52 km and cross the swing bridge into Little Current. Continue west on Meredith Street, past the intersection with Manitowaning Street (keep straight), where Highway 6 diverges left and then turn left on Worthington Street where Highway 540 begins. Continue on 540 for 23 km and turn left onto Bidwell Road. The parking lot for the Cup and Saucer trail is a short distance (600 meters) on the right.

The other way to get to Manitoulin Island is via the Ferry from Tobermory, which lies at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula. Once arriving on Manitoulin Island at South Baymouth, take 6 north for 12.4 km until reaching the left turn onto 542. Proceed on 542 for 23.7 km to Mindemoya and turn right onto onto 551 for 11.6 km to West Bay. At West Bay, turn right onto 540 and continue north for 6.5 km at which time Bidwell Road and the parking for the Cup and Saucer Trail will appear on the right.

There are 2 main trails as well as a couple of side ‘adventure’ trails for the Cup and Saucer. The white and blue trails form a 9.9 km loop around the Cup and Saucer formation. The most direct route from the parking lot to the Manitoulin High Point is to take the more scenic white trail up the Cup and Saucer. Shortly past the steep climb up to the East Lookout, a side trail branches to the right and it is a short walk to a small concrete footing which is the highest point along the trail. The highest point on Manitoulin however, is 50 meters southwest off the trail at the coordinates: N45 51.000 W82 06.370. A large tree beside a pile of fallen trees / branches is the most likely location of the highest point. A moss covered boulder 20 feet northeast of the tree is another candidate for highest point.

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Cup And Saucer Trail GPS Track (.gpx format)

Related Links:
Manitoulin High Point on peakbagger.com



Joanne McDougall:

Hello, just wondering the level of difficulty of the Cup and Saucer trail that takes you to highest point, both the 9km loop and the shorter. Thank you!

February 9th, 2013 | 3:43 pm

Hi Joanne, I would rated this as a moderate hike. Most of the trail, especially the blue route is fairly flat, but with a couple of steep sections as you ascend up to the lookout. It took us 3 hours to hike the 10km loop.

February 17th, 2013 | 2:31 pm
Mark Mattalo:

Hiked the Cup and Saucer trail today..As per your directions you turn left on 540 NOT right ….right turn will take you to the Marina…
The 3 hr hike was worth every minute

June 29th, 2013 | 8:49 pm

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August 14th, 2013 | 11:04 pm

Are leashed dogs allowed on the trail?

September 12th, 2013 | 10:52 am

Is there any camp site for tent trailer around trail?

December 25th, 2013 | 7:41 pm

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March 17th, 2015 | 12:11 am
Don Tenniswood:

As of spring of 2017 the parking lot and trail to the cliffs has been changed due to private property issues. The trails are still open and fantastic. The new parking is about two km closer to the reserve at the foot of the bay and is well marked. I started hiking at “The Cup” over thirty years ago and now I try to rock climb there once a week when the weather is good. Send me an email if you would like to hook up for a for day of climbing!

September 27th, 2017 | 3:17 pm
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