Ishpatina Ridge (North Peak) – Overland

Posted by Derek on Sep 23, 2019

View to North Ishpatina summit

Rank: 3
Height: 2221 feet / 677 m
GPS recorded height: 2247 feet / 685 m
Lat/Lon: N47 19.977, W80 44.014
Line Parent: Ishpatina Ridge (Tower Summit)
Key Col: N47 19.742 W80 44.593 (1640 ft / 500 m)
Clean Prominence: 581ft / 177m
Date Summited: August 9th, 2019

Overview:

The Ishpatina Ridge traverses several rounded humps and under the Ontario 2100 Footer criteria, 3 of these qualify as being distinct 2100+ foot peaks. The familiar Fire Tower summit of the Ishpatina Ridge is the highest point in Ontario and a popular destination. It is reachable via a trail from Scarecrow Lake.  The North Peak as seen from the Fire Tower summit appears to be just as high, but according to Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources Ontario Base Maps (OBM) series, it is 43 feet lower.  There is no trail to the North Peak of the Ishpatina Ridge and the route from Ishpatina – Tower Peak is hindered by the steep cliffs surrounding the peak.

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White Mountain

Posted by Derek on Mar 27, 2018

aka. Lanark County High Point
Height: 1266 feet / 386 meters
GPS recorded height: 1270 feet / 387 meters
Lat/Lon: N45.1810083 W76.6381359
Date Summited: July 4, 2017

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Tip Top Mountain

Posted by Derek on Mar 26, 2018

Rank: 21
Height: 2103 feet / 641 m
Lat/Lon: N48 16.405 W86 00.228
Line Parent: Blackspruce Lake Peak
Key Col: N48 17.390 W83 57.048 (1115ft / 340m)
Clean Prominence: 988ft / 301m
Date Summited: N/A

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Overview:

Tip Top Mountain is located in Pukaskwa National Park in the Canadian province of Ontario. Its summit is 641 m (2,103 ft) above sea level and 457 m (1,500 ft) above Lake Superior. It lies north of the Swallow River, about 10 km inland from Pukaskwa’s Coastal Trail and Lake Superior. Before 1966, Tip Top Mountain was considered the highest point in Ontario. Read the rest of this entry »


Parch Creek Peak East

Posted by Derek on Sep 12, 2017

Parch Creek Peak East as seen from a clearing on route

Parch Creek Peak East as seen from a clearing on route

Rank:11
Height: 2133 feet / 650 meters
GPS recorded height: 2153 feet / 656 meters
Lat/Lon: N47 37.727 W84 23.106
Line Parent: Blackspruce Lake Peak
Key Col: N47 37.329 W84 18.058 (1585 ft / 483 m)
Clean Prominence: 548 ft / 167 m
Date Summited: September 2nd, 2017

Overview:

Parch Creek East Peak is a remote peak in the Algoma Wilderness, located 24 km north-northeast of the Agawa Canyon and 10 km southeast of Millwood, a stop along the Algoma Central Railway. Parch Creek, the closest significant body of water from which the mountain is named, winds it’s way west into the Agawa River at the Algoma Central Railway.

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Ghost Range Peak

Posted by Derek on Aug 10, 2017

Height: 1601 feet / 488 meters
GPS recorded height: 1607 feet / 490 meters
Lat/Lon: N48 32.326 W79 50.106
Date Summited: July 31, 2017

Overview:

Ghost Range Peak is a 2.7 billion year old layered intrusion / sill located south of Lake Abitibi. It is the highest point in Ontario’s Cochrane District. It’s a short hike to the summit along trails that depart from a sand quarry located near the corner of Hwy 101 and Hwy 672. The fire tower that once stood at the summit was recently removed by Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources.

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Rainy River District High Point

Posted by Derek on May 1, 2017

Rainy River District High Point visible between the trees

Rainy River District High Point visible between the trees

aka. Quetico Provincial Park High Point
Height: 1785 feet / 544 meters
This is the elevation at the spot height. The elevation at the highest point was found to be significantly higher
GPS recorded height: 1857 feet / 566 meters
Lat/Lon: N48 09.967 W91 15.364
Date Summited: August 4, 2016

Overview:

The Rainy River District High Point is located 7 km north of the Minnesota-Ontario border in Quetico Provincial Park. Only accessible by canoe, the shortest route to the peak is from Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area via the backcountry border crossing/ranger station at Prairie Portage. Permits are both required for the remote border crossing and to enter Quetico Provincial Park.

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Little North Lake Peak

Posted by Derek on Feb 24, 2017

Little North Lake Peak as seen from the Border Route Trail, MN (Courtesy of David Battistel)

Little North Lake Peak as seen from the Border Route Trail, MN

Rank: 13
Height: 2126 feet / 648 m
GPS recorded height: 2119 feet / 646 meters
Lat/Lon: N48 08.373 W90 35.184
Line Parent: Prelate Lake Peak
Key Col: N48 11.169 W90 22.162 (1706ft / 520m)
Clean Prominence: 420ft / 128m
Date Summited: July 31, 2016

Overview:

Rising 500 feet above the Gunflint-North Lake chain, Little North Lake Peak lies at the southwestern edge of a range of hills west of Thunder Bay. Situated just 2 km north of the (Minnesota-Ontario) border, the peak can be accessed via a rough trail which traces the route of the defunct Port Arthur, Duluth & Western Railway.

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Sunbeam South Peak

Posted by Derek on Feb 19, 2017

Sunbeam South Peak ridge

Sunbeam South Peak ridge

Rank:22
Height: 2100 feet / 640 meters
GPS recorded height: 2106 feet / 642 meters
Lat/Lon: N48 10.185 W90 28.848
Line Parent: Little North Lake Peak
Key Col: N48 09.093 W90 32.926 (1739ft / 530m)
Clean Prominence: 361 ft / 110 m
Date Summited: July 30, 2016

Overview:

Sunbeam South Peak is a part of a group of hills located on the northwest shore of Lake Superior, not far from the city of Thunder Bay. It is located 3 km west of Addie Lake and 2 km south of Sunbeam Lake.

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Head Lake Peak West

Posted by Derek on Jan 31, 2017

Head Lake Peak West

Head Lake Peak West

Rank: 11
Height: 2133 feet / 650 m
GPS recorded height: 2152 feet / 656 meters
Lat/Lon: N48 17.893 W90 09.680
Line Parent: Head Lake Peak East
Key Col: N48 17.420 W90 08.780 (1870ft / 570m)
Clean Prominence: 263ft / 80m
Date Summited: July 29, 2016

Overview:

Head Lake Peak West is the westernmost peak in the Head Lake Peak grouping; 3 peaks 65 km West of Thunder Bay. The Peak is located due north of the lake from which it is named: Head Lake, 3.0 km due west of it’s higher neighbour Head Lake East Peak and 5.1 km west-southwest from Tower Mountain, which is the highest mountain in the area.

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Head Lake Peak South

Posted by Derek on Jan 8, 2017

Head Lake South Peak

Head Lake South Peak

Height: 2133 feet / 650 meters
GPS recorded height: 2165 feet / 660 meters
Lat/Lon: N48 17.572 W90 08.167
Line Parent: Head Lake East Peak
Key Col: N48 17.659 W90 07.802 (1969ft / 600m)
Clean Prominence: 164 ft / 50 m
Date Summited: July 28, 2016

Overview:

The Head Lake Peaks are a group of peaks situated north of Head Lake in the hills 65 km West of Thunder Bay. Head Lake South Peak shares a ridge with it’s higher neighbour Head Lake East Peak. There are no trails to it, however an overgrown trail passes within 1 km of the summit. There are only limited views at the summit.

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