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 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 Lake Superior. Before 1966, Tip Top Mountain was considered the highest point in Ontario.

Tentative Itinerary:

When: August, 2019

Day 1 Drive to Hattie Cove, camp at Pukawska Campground
Day 2 Water shuttle to White Spruce Harbour (or if ideal weather conditions permit White Gravel River). Hike north to White Gravel River. Begin multiday bushwhack to Tip Top via Route A. Bushwhack 8 km to small lake at N48 18.105 W86 03.323
Day 3 Bushwhack remaining 5.8 km to summit of Tip Top Mt, return to small lake = 11.6 km
Day 4 Bushwhack back out 8 km to Coastal Trail. Camp at White Gravel River or White Spruce Harbour (+ 3.1 km)
Day 5 Optional – Day hike to end of trail at North Swallow River and back to White Spruce Harbour (10.8 km x 2 = 21.6 km)
Day 6 Hike to Oiseau Bay and camp (17.4 km)
Day 7 Hike to Willow River (14.1) km OR Hook Falls (21.7 km)
Day 8 Hike out to Hattie Cove (16.4km) OR (8.8 km)
Day 9 Spare Day
Day 10 Drive home


Cost of Water Shuttle: equal share of $700 (estimated — might be possible to share cost with a second group)
Park fees for 7 days: $70 ($9.80 per person, per night)

Contact me at if you’re interested in joining the excursion.

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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
Fletcher family spent ‘20s in Pukaskwa area
Pukaskwa National Park – Provisional Master Plan (1978)

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