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

Tip Top Mt. Backpacking Expedition (7-10 Days): Looking for Participants

Email me at or leave a comment on this page if you’re interested in joining the excursion.


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.

Tentative Itinerary (Subject to changes):

When: TBD

Day 1

  • Hattie Cove (8+ hours)
  • Camp at Hattie Cove (Pukawska)

Day 2 (8.5 km / 11.6 km)

  • Boat shuttle from the Visitor Center at Hattie Cove with North Shore Adventures to White Gravel River (weather permitting) or White Spruce Harbour if landing at White Gravel River is not feasible (2 hours)
  • Bushwhack 8.5 km from mouth of White Gravel River along White Gravel River to Camp C (Small Lake: N48 18.105 W86 03.323)
  • Camp at Camp C (Small Lake: N48 18.105 W86 03.323)

Day 3 (11.4 km)

  • Bushwhack remaining distance (5.7 km) from Camp C to summit of Tip Top
  • Return back to Camp C (Small Lake: N48 18.105 W86 03.323)

Day 4 (8.5 km)

  • Bushwhack 8.5 km back along White Gravel River to mouth of White Gravel River
  • Camp at White Gravel River

Day 5 (7.1 km)

  • 7.1 km hike from White Gravel River to Fisherman’s Cove
  • Camp at Fisherman’s Cove

Day 6 (12.3 km)

  • 12.3 km hike from Fisherman’s Cove to Fish Harbour
  • Camp at Fish Harbour

Day 7 (16.6 km)

  • 16.6 km hike from Fish Harbour to Hook Falls
  • Camp at Hook Falls

Day 8 (8.8 km)

  • Hike out 8.8 km from Hook Falls to Hattie Cove
  • Drive home (or part way)


Cost of Water Shuttle: equal share of $600 (estimated — might be possible to share cost with a second group)
Max capacity of the boat is 5 people, and the earliest departure time is 6-7am.
Park fees for 6 days: $60 ($9.80 per person, per night)

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Tip Top bushwhack overlayed on Forest Resource Inventory Imagery

Tip Top Mt. Route – Planning (.gpx format)

Related Links:

Spirit Journey to Tip Top Mountain
Mdaabii Miikna & Coastal Hiking Trail Trip Planner
North Shore Adventures Facebook Page
North Shore Adventures Web Site
Fletcher family spent ‘20s in Pukaskwa area
Pukaskwa National Park – Provisional Master Plan (1978)

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