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Ascent of Les Collines-de-l'Outaouais High Point on 2016-07-02

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, July 2, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Les Collines-de-l'Outaouais High Point
    Location:Canada-Québec
    Elevation:440 m / 1444 ft

Ascent Trip Report

LES COLLINES DE-L'OUTAOUAIS HIGH POINT -- A road walk with a short wack, 10km, 2:35 hours RT.

A BIT OF BACKGROUND
Les Collines-de-l'Outaouais HP was originally considered to be the 3 areas(420M) in the Gatineau Park, just north of the Eardley Escarpement, until this year. Michel Waechter and Serge Massad's investigative work found areas with a higher elevation in a number of Counties - Outaouais being one of them.
The new area with a higher elevation (440M) for Outaouais, about 24km to the northeast of Gatineau Park, is the one covered by this TR. The details of the 3 original areas in Gatineau Park can be found in my TRs for "Peak 420" and "Mont du McKinstry".

Rose and I were in Ottawa visiting with our daughter's family and taking part in the Hill's Canada Day celebration's and also taking in a few innings of Ottawa Champions baseball - our grandson, Michael, is the voice of Roger's TV Baseball Broadcast.
A good opportunity to make a side trip to this nearby COHP.

Jean-Philippe Lavoie Morin's TR provides all the necessary directions that one needs for this hike. This TR attempts to add detail to the HP's background and to the bushwacking part of the hike. This is not a stand alone TR and one must read Jean-Philippe.

I started my bushwack at the small clearing 30M before the actual crest of the road, signs "Chaussers 2012/2020, 2010, 2013" (45.70843,-75.82875).
I wacked a left-of-magnetic-north line .4k directly to the HP - ignoring the major bump on the left 50m before. The open deciduous woods have little/no undergrowth (full of new maple sprouts taking hold) with a few short stretches of rough terrain, not difficult.

The obvious HP, a small clearing with no views at a rock area, has a short aluminum Tri-Pod straddling a concrete pier, embedded with the BM "GEODETIC SURVEY OF CANADA, TRIANGULATIN STATION" (45.71079,-75.83112). I hung a plastic canister with a register on the Tri-Pod.
I looked-for/couldn't find the other 2 Benchmarks except for, what-looked-like, the remains of a BM embedded in rock (a rod and a disc), on a rock outcrop 25m to the southwest. I added a small cairn here.

I backtracked to the TH in 55 minutes and moved on to my next hike on way back to Ottawa.
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THE 2 SUMMITS OF MONT DES CASCADES -- xcountry/trail to 2 peaks, 2.7km, 1:05 hours RT.

I drove back south on #307 to Cantley and the JCT #307 and Chemin du Mont des Cascades, where I went northwest on des Cascades for 7km to the main north entrance of Mont Cascades Ski Resort (has a water park here).

There are a number of approaches that one can take to the summits, I chose to drive back (southeast) on #307 for 300m to a small staff parking on the west side of the road (in the middle of the Alouette ski run, perhaps a summer parking only).

I walked/climbed southerly on the Alouette run .7km to the MONT DES CASCADES-EST summit topped with 2 Ski Lift Stations - one from the north side and the other from the east side. The actual obvious HP is 30m to the southwest just inside the woods (45.58635,-75.84557).

I continued west 50M where Hogan Ski run makes a left bend to the southeast. I stayed westerly, entered the woods and immediately picked up a red blazed trail signed "#8 Cascades".
I followed it westerly as it descends .4km to the col, then climbs steeply .2km to the MONT DES CASCADES-OUEST summit topped with a SKI Lift Station coming up from the north slopes. (45.58600,-75.85021).

I backtracked to the TH going over MONT DES CASCADES-EST for the second time.
Both summits offer superb views to the south of the Gatineau River and the Ottawa/Gatineau Capitol Region. I believe these peaks belong in the PB Library so I added them as provisional.

I got back to Ottawa by mid-afternoon, where we decided to drive home (back by 19:00 hours).

"HE WHO LIMPS IS STILL WALKING." ..............stanislaw j lec
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:250 m / 825 ft
    Extra Gain:45 m / 150 ft
    Distance:10 km / 6.2 mi
    Route:road swb with wack nb
    Trailhead:chemin du fort/lac bran de scie  280 m / 919 ft
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:55 Minutes



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