Ascent of Lévis High Point on 2018-09-07

Climber: Gabriel C

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, September 7, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Lévis High Point
    Elevation:420 ft / 128 m

Ascent Trip Report

We had a wedding to attend in Québec this weekend and while Luiza was busy getting her hair done on Friday night, I took the opportunity to grab the correct Lévis high point. I drove south on HWY 73 to exit 123 where I took a left on HWY 175. I followed it a few kilometers to chemin Beauséjour where I turned left. I stopped at a gated forest trail, just in view of the highway overpass, and got out, walking the road up to the crest of that overpass.

The sun was already low so I hurried over the guard rail and down the high grass talus. I was in street clothes and my shoes were not adequate for the damp trampling I was doing. I had to cross a first small stream before getting in the forest. It was quite dark under the tree canopy but I managed to make my way down the center divide. The brush was thick and I got stuck in thorny bushes a few times. When I reached a wide stream, I had to find a way to jump across. It was too wide so I had to trudge around and find a narrow enough spot with a decent landing.

I made it across without getting wet but I soon reached a marshy area where I sank and got my right foot wet. Finding a way across this part was horrible but I eventually got past this hurdle. Then I started seeing a bump up ahead and reached the rocky spine that constituted the high point. It was a good few meters high and obviously higher than anything else around. Since I didn't have my GPS, I was using my phone with the PB app and discovered I could record a track directly in there. I turned it on as I wandered down on the other side but there was nothing else higher further south so I backtracked and started north towards the trailhead.

I followed the western side more this time and even though it was still wet and terrible, it was much easier than on the eastern side. It was getting seriously dark now and I scratched my face several times on unseen branches. When I reached the stream again, I found a log to climb on and step across. The rest of the way wasn't too difficult but I skirted the treeline just before getting back on the embankment for the overpass, which proved a bad idea. Back on the road, I walked to the car and drove off towards Québec.

It's evident that in order to bag this high point, one needs to get out of the car and bushwhack some ways from the overpass or cross the busy highway to the center divide after parking on the shoulder. Safety-wise, I advise on my route, but it certainly makes it a longer and harder hike. The high point is some 400m north of the peakbagger entry [now fixed]. It is invisible from the southbound lanes, but you can see the rocky outcrop from the northbound lanes. You can also see them in Google Streetview if you look hard enough.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:191 ft / 58 m
    Extra Gain:66 ft / 20 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Route:Road hike, bushwhack
    Trailhead:Gated aerial access trail  361 ft / 110 m
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Gabriel C
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