13-Sep-2021 -- We are geocachers and confluence hunters and have visited several confluences. However, this is our first confluence visit logged on this site. We decided to log our visit here, as we noticed there was no GPS picture for this confluence yet.
As part of a geocaching group road trip, we had had a full day of driving and geocaching before arriving in the Nipigon area. We had planned to scout out this confluence via the Mazukama Falls and Stairway of the Saints trail as it is about 700m from the Stairway. However, being short on time and running out of daylight, we opted to try to access it from the hydro corridor instead - a distance of about 1.6km as the crow flies.
We parked our car in a small spot north of the highway, where a trail took us right to the hydro corridor. From there we walked through some brush until we reached the first hill/cliff. After getting to the top, we enjoyed some flat and relatively easy terrain until reaching the second cliff. We also found ATV tracks to follow, which significantly decreased the amount of bushwhacking required.
As mentioned, the second cliff is the most difficult to climb, but we scaled it from the right hand side which was less steep and offered more trees for stability. From here, it was a more gradual uphill. We continued to follow the ATV tracks along the power lines, until we found another old road/track going to about 250m from the confluence.
Upon reaching 250m we commenced a true bushwhack straight to the confluence. There was some uphill climbing required. Seeing the numbers on our GPS decrease provided the motivation to keep going, as we were so close!
It took us about 1 hour to reach the confluence, and the elevation gain from the parking to the confluence was 207m. We placed a geocache, which will also serve as a visitor log. We took some photos and headed back down as the sun set.