Temagami: Sturgeon River to Ishpatina Ridge (3 days / 35 km)

While Ontario may not be home to the Rocky Mountains, believe it or not, it still has a highest peak! Ishpatina Ridge is located in Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Provincial Park 90 km north of Sudbury Ontario, resting 693m above sea level. It may seem like a baby hill, but I promise you it’s a good adventure. You’ll have to work hard to get to the remote location, maybe do some bushwalking, or get your feet wet, but the 360-degree view from the isolated Ellis fire tower is worth every step.

Trip Completed: July 2020

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Intersection of Sturgeon River & logging road

Ending Point: Intersection of Sturgeon River & logging road

Total Distance: 35 km

Elevation Gain: 1,200m

Duration: 4 days

Difficulty: Intermediate

Location: Temagami Cluster, Lady Evelyn Smoothwater Provincial Park 

Traditional Territory: This route takes place on the traditional territory of Anishinabewaki

Maps & Resources

Guidebook: None

Map: I hiked with someone who knew the trail well, so we did not carry a full-sized map. We had a printout of this one. Note that the distances are slightly shorter than reality.

Both AllTrails and Maps.me have an accurate GPS trace of the hiking route and can be used offline. 

Lady Evelyn Smoothwater Provincial Park Map (Backroad Maps) could be a good physical map option

Permits & Reservations

Campsite Reservations: Campsites are first come first serve. 

Permits: Yes, we bought our permit online in 2020 because of the pandemic. Ontario Parks states you can purchase online up to two weeks in advance of your trip, or person at Marten River or Point Provincial Parks. 

Know Before You Go

Season: July was a great time for this hike, except for the bugs. 

Note: The Ontario Parks 2024 season lasts from May 10th - October 27th

Cell Reception: None!

Water: Yes, lots of freshwater lakes to filter water from. 

Wildlife: Black bears, moose, ...

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