24-Aug-2022 -- Incomplete visit.
We started the day at Neys Provincial park after driving from Sudbury the previous day. From Neys, we took Highway 17 west until Deadhorse Road where we left the highway.
Following Deadhorse Road north and west we crossed the Steel River, at which point the road split and we could continue north on Deadhorse, or go south on Twin Ponds Road. North it was!
Continuing on Deadhorse, we ran into a small washout on the road that we had to navigate - it seemed pretty huge from inside the car, but I'm sad the say the video is rather underwhelming.
After the washout we turned west on Esker Lake Road, taking us closer to the confluence. This road was significantly rougher than Deadhorse, clearly having seen little to no traffic for years. I initially started out with well defined ruts and it was easy enough to follow. As we went on the road grew rougher, the vegetation in the middle and along the edges grew taller, and closer. Eventually I was just assuming I was still on the road due to there being an swathe that, while full of vegetation, had no actual trees.
Shortly after crossing an unnamed creek (the bridge being the best bit of road we'd see for a while), we arrived at the turn off for Owl Lake Road - this should have been the final stretch.
However, after having already passed several kilometers of not-a-road to get where we were, and looking down at even more not-a-road, we opted to take the opportunity of a slightly wider spot to turn around and head out.
So, discretion being the greater part of valour, we abandoned the visit with 10km to go (as the crow flies).
A full video narrative can be found here.