Ascent of Mont des Lacs Jumeaux on 2017-05-23

Climber: Gabriel C

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mont des Lacs Jumeaux
    Elevation:440 m / 1444 ft

Ascent Trip Report

After climbing colline de la Black and making a short trip in Ottawa, I got back on the Québec side and took exit 138 on HWY 50, heading north on chemin Saint-Louis. I followed it through Cantley, past the first and second junctions with HWY 366 and turned left on chemin du Fort. It took longer than I expected to reach chemin du Lac Bran de Scie but when I reached it, I parked on a wider part of the shoulder some distance South of the junction.

I geared up and started walking up the road but as I progressed, I saw houses with people and dogs moving around. Not wanting to risk being turned around, I got in the woods, up a rocky hill, and headed west. After a short distance, I got back down in a boggy area and reached a creek too wide to jump across. I followed it, fighting through the brush, until a suitable log crossed the water. I got to the other side and rejoined with chemin Poitras. A few seconds later, I reached a bend past which I arrived at a green steel gate. From there, the dirt road wound its way along the creek, reaching a marshy lake where it bent sharply right. It went across a creek and headed southwest again. The road arrived at the foot of a rocky bump and ascended steadily north past nice cliffs. When the slope lessened, the road went west again, meandering along past what looked like beaver ponds.

Now I could see a high hill further ahead and guessed this was my objective. I went by a junction where the main road headed South while I followed a spur Northwest. It went through a hairpin turn before heading southwest down in a slight valley, crossing a stream. It bent right and started ascending again to a crest where I found myself almost exactly South of the summit. I got in the forest, climbing among boulders and outcrops. I saw a clear rocky bump ahead and made my way up on it before seeing a second higher bump further. As I reached the final clearing, I saw the metal stand over the benchmark. I signed the register hung up by Ben Lostracco as I fended off the hordes of black flies, took quick pictures, and started downhill.

After getting back to the trail, it was an easy way downhill to the stream crossing, countless frogs jumping in the water as I went past every puddle and pond. It was an uneventful hike back to the gate on chemin Poitras but when I wanted to get across the creek, I had to wander a bit to find the log I had crossed on. I made my way up on the rocky hill and then back down on chemin du lac Bran de Scie, reaching my car shortly afterwards. From there I headed South back to HWY 50, towards Québec.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:391 m / 1286 ft
    Elevation Loss:391 m / 1286 ft
    Distance:9.7 km / 6 mi
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:277 m / 909 ft
    Extra Loss:114 m / 377 ft
    Distance:4.8 km / 3 mi
    Route:Forest trail, bushwhack
    Trailhead:Along chemin du Fort  277 m / 912 ft
    Time Up:59 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:277 m / 909 ft
    Extra Gain:114 m / 377 ft
    Distance:4.8 km / 3 mi
    Route:Forest trail, bushwhack
    Trailhead:Along chemin du Fort  277 m / 912 ft
    Time Down:48 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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