Ascent of Mont Bleu-Northeast Slopes on 2013-07-13

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, July 13, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mont Bleu-Northeast Slopes
    Elevation:655 m / 2150 ft

Ascent Trip Report

A road walk with a short but difficult wacks ..... 9.2km, 2h50 hours RT for both Peaks.

From the TH (per below) I walked/climbed Chemin Mont Bleue (left branch of the fork) northeasterly for 2.4km to a sharp left bend, .6km west I passed a service road on the right that leads easterly .8km to Montagne Bleue-Northeast Slopes, I continued west on Chemin Mont Bleue for another .8km to the summit of Montagne Bleue (going around a locked-gate at half way point).

MONTAGNE BLEUE (3.8km from the TH)
Is capped with 3 Communication Towers and offers good views, the BM, embedded in a large concrete pedestal located beside the west Tower, is not legible except for "1915".
From this summit I headed to the Northeast Slopes at 1.4km.

MONTAGNE BLEUE-NORTHEAST SLOPES (1.6km from Montagne Bleue or 3.8km from TH)
From Montagne Bleue I walked the service roads easterly for 1.2km to the a group of 4 Communication Towers then continued easterly on the road for another .4km to the most eastern single Tower.
Both Tower installations are on the ridge and I believe in Kamouraska County and the County Line with Temiscouata County is immediately south of these Installations, on the very steep slope. After taking a lot of time checking out the area I didn't find any evidence of the County Line. This is a rough/dense area so everything I concluded is only a guess .... I believe its impossible to find "the" HP of these 2 Areas.
AREA 1 (per PB) ..... the most eastern single Tower is inside a large fenced-in area, 15 meters east of the northeast corner of this fenced-in area the ground drops off practically vertical. My GPS at this spot read 47.58453,-69.36737. I walked both directions (east/west) along the edge of this drop and scrambled south down the embankment blindly looking for the County Line ... no luck. This a rough/dense/difficult stuff, no fun here.
AREA 2 (per PB) .... PB wrongly shows this Area south of Montagne Bleue in a much lower area (its obvious to the eye, confirmed by my eye-level). If there is a second Area it would be south of the 4 Towers. I checked-out this Area 2 similar to the Area 1 and I chose a spot just south of the 4 Towers (at the edge of the clearing, east of the most southerly tower), GPS 47.58233, 69.37080. I wacked south to the road, again rough stuff.
I am calling this one good, and I'll leave it to others (better than I) to improve on my effort to find the county line "it will push me come back". Good luck.

From Autoroute 20, exit 488 (Saint-Alexandre) we drove south on #289 for 28.3km to a left turn on Chemin Mont Bleue (unsigned), sign "Sanctuaire de Parke". Across the street(west) is a large wooden cross. We drove northeast on the good gravel road for 2.6km to a fork, the route which is to the left is gated, so we parked here, this was my TH.

Today I saw a cow moose, 2 deer and a bear cub.


Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:55 m / 180 ft
    Elevation Loss:55 m / 180 ft
    Distance:5.4 km / 3.4 mi
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:43 m / 140 ft
    Extra Loss:12 m / 40 ft
    Distance:1.6 km / 1 mi
    Route:ch mont bleue from montagne bleue
    Trailhead:Montagne Bleue  624 m / 2050 ft
    Time Up:22 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:43 m / 140 ft
    Extra Gain:12 m / 40 ft
    Distance:3.8 km / 2.4 mi
    Route:ch mont bleue from montagne bleue
    Trailhead:Montagne Bleue  624 m / 2050 ft
    Time Down:45 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: bleue 1

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mont Bleu2013-07-13 a
2Mont Bleu-Northeast Slopes2013-07-13 b

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