Parry Sound: Pikes Peak

5 degrees and sunny in February! If ever there was a day to get out and explore in the winter, today was a day I couldn’t pass up! After recently being informed that my previous Pikes Peak journey was to Old Baldy I knew I had to remedy the situation. I was told to just continue following the snowmobile trail and stick right after Old Baldy.

I parked on Farley’s Rd. in a plowed out area to not obstruct traffic. From here I cross- country (XC) skied across Grassy Bay.

20200223_153349Looking back on Grassy Bay

From Grassy Bay there was a rather difficult snowshoe through a stream that feeds Grassy Bay. Once I made it to the snowmobile trail on Mud Lake I strapped on my XC skies for the rest of the journey.

20200223_113110Mud Lake

The sections between the lakes where very hilly. I am a very inexperience XC skier and fell way too many times to count. I found the best way to go downhill was to sit on the skies. From Mud lake I crossed to Mell Bill Pond. After Mell Bill Pond I made it to Dunchurch Lake. Old Baldy is found at 45.632834, -79.933253.

Edit yoView from “Old Baldy”

The photo doesn’t do it justice. Here is a short video from the peak:

20200223_141904“Old Baldy” from Dunchurch Lake

After Dunchurch Lake the snowmobile trail runs east. To get to Pikes Peak continue South to Canning Lake. I XC skied another 3.2 km till the end of Canning Lake to get to Pikes Peak. Pikes Peak is located at 45.607584, -79.948849.

GH010068 On the way to Pikes Peak_Moment2View from Pikes Peak

Here is a short video of Pikes Peak:

The XC ski back was a lot better managed. I took off my skis for the difficult sections and walked them instead of trying to power through like on the way there. The more realistic approach to Pikes Peak and Old Baldy is by snowmobile. Both peaks are along the 805 snowmobile trail.

Click on the BOX icon to make the Google Map full screen, to see all the photos I took and where they were taken. Click on the Blue photo symbol to see all the photos. There are 12 in total.

Total hike: 15.8 km
Elevation gain: 869 m


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