Ascent of La Vache Noire on 2018-07-21
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Saturday, July 21, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
|Peak:||La Vache Noire|
| Elevation:||2474 ft / 754 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFrom the parking area at the foot of mont Kaaikop, I drove back to HWY 329 to Sainte-Agathe where I took HWY 117 heading north. In Saint-Faustin-du-lac-Carré, I headed north towards Lac-Supérieur and Parc national du Mont-Tremblant. I made it around 08:30 at the welcome center where I paid for daily access and asked if the washout on RTE 3 prevented access to the trail up Le Carcan. The clerk told me the whole area was closed and, even though I was totally dissatisfied with the lazy answer - she couldn't tell me if I could access the trail either from the Pimbina area or Saint-Michel-des-Saints - I let it slide and went my way.
After getting ready, I headed off south on the road towards the trailhead. Crossing over rivière du Diable, the trail entered the woods. I was happy to find the shade as it was already quite warm. The overall humidity didn't help and I had to pace myself. I took frequent breaks to gulp down water. The first part of the trail was easy, winding uphill towards the steep valley walls. When the slope steepened, the trail started climbing in a slight uphill traverse. It was still really steep, going through several short switchbacks. Somewhere in the middle, the typical Sépaq stairs appeared on a rocky outcrop.
The trail reached some kind of crest and bent left, following it for some time. After climbing steeply up to a slight bump, I had to descend in a slight col from where I could see the main summit just north. The steep ascent resumed shortly after, switchbacking up and around to a junction where a spur led to the high point. I reached a first bump but I wasn't sure it was the highest so I went bushwhacking east, finding two other bumps nearby. I couldn't say which one is the highest, but I suspect the western one being slightly higher.
From there I started downhill. I was going quite fast but I tried to minimize impacts on my knees. I still wanted to try and grab at least another summit after this one today. During the descent, I arrived at some ledges with views and caught a woman taking a selfie in front of the scenery. She looked slightly embarrassed as I nodded and went by. Some distance below, I passed another couple going uphill. I was still hot but not overheating so I was able to go quite a lot faster than on the ascent. I made it back to the road as another group was getting to the trailhead and after crossing the bridge, I covered the remaining distance baking above the superheated asphalt.
When I made it to the car, I decided I would rest before the next ascent. I took the road north, passing the gatehouse, towards my third trailhead.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1678 ft / 511 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||1678 ft / 511 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||4 mi / 6.4 km|
| Quality:||7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack|
| Weather:||Hot, Calm, Clear|
| Gain on way in:||1530 ft / 466 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 1359 ft / 415 m; Extra: 171 ft / 52m|
| Loss on way in:||171 ft / 52 m|
| Distance:||2 mi / 3.3 km|
| Route:||Le Centennaire trail|
| Start Trailhead:||La Diable welcome center 1115 ft / 339 m|
| Time:||57 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||1507 ft / 459 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 1359 ft / 415 m; Extra: 148 ft / 45m|
| Gain on way out:||148 ft / 45 m|
| Distance:||2 mi / 3.2 km|
| Route:||Le Centennaire trail|
| End Trailhead:||La Diable welcome center 1115 ft / 339 m|
| Time:||33 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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