Ascent of Boundary Peak 210 on 2018-09-02

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, September 2, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Boundary Peak 210
    Elevation:1972 ft / 601 m

Ascent Trip Report

This TR covers the four USA/CA Boundary Peaks (210, 207A, 205 & 201B) east of Lac de l'Est (between Lac de l'Est and Ruisseau l'Eau Claire (West Little Black River)). I did them in 2 visits however they can be all done in one good day - the worst part being the tense/rough back road driving, requiring a high clearance vehicle. For convenience purposes I put them all in this one-only TR.

We researched/approached the Peaks from the Quebec side, I did not look-at/research a southern approach from the Maine side.

From Autoroute 20, exit 456 (Saint-Phillippe-de-Neri) we zeroed our odo.
00.0km ... left exit 456 southeast bound on the paved Hwy #287.
22.0km ... pavement ends
35.5km ... arrived at a fork with a large sign "Lac de L'Est", we stayed left on Chemin Gustave.
36.2km ... arrived at a second fork and stayed left on gravel Rue de Epinettes. This road heads southeast then bends left to the northeast.
37.7km ... passed road on the right (47.23493,-69.56491) - the access road for BOUNDARY PEAK 210 all as noted below. We continued northeast on the main road.
40.6km ... passed lesser road on the left northbound (47.25306,-69.54382), my hiking route to Mont du Lac de l'Est per its TR (the Kamouraska COHP). We continued eastbound on the main road for Boundary Peak 207A, 205 & 201B. A passing truck driver told us that the road ahead is not made for our dodge caravan, "You'll need high clearance". The sketchy/obscure satellite imagery shows roads going another 8km to the USA/CA Border.
43.8km … JCT, stayed straight (right). On my second visit I came with high clearance (Nissan Rogue) - required.
45.2km … Fork (47.24126,-69.49425). I first went right on the smaller road for BOUNDARY PEAKS 207A and 205. A left here on the better road is for PEAK 1360 - WEST SLOPE all as per below.
45.9km … fork with a Hunting Camp (two trailers), I stayed left (southeast).
46.9km … Hunting camp with 2 trailers at an obscure 4-WAY-JCT (47.23428,-69.47496) owned the Gerard (84) and Jeanine (78). They were here for a few days preparing their 2 caches that they have on the USA/CA Border (moose season opens on 29th of September). I would overnight here after my hike - they offered me the second trailer, coffee and cookies and nice conversation. Really nice hospitable people.
The road to the TH is straight ahead (southeast).
48.0km … end of driveable road, my TH (47.22778,-69.46494) for BOUNDARY PEAKS 207A & 205. An ATV track continues to the USA/CA Border per below.

BOUNDARY PEAK 210 ... hunter's trail seb .. .8 km, 15 minutes RT.
From the 37.7 KM Marker above (47.23493,-69.56491) we zeroed our odo. We did this drive with our dodge caravan.
0.0km ... left the main road heading southerly then southeast, a small road requiring special attention.
2.9km ... main fork (47.21733,-69.54515), stay left eastbound (road a bit rougher but driveable). We actually screwed up here - the better road is to the right so we followed it for 5.3km (as it kept going the wrong way, right of south) to a large building near the lake (47.18206,-69.53657) - we believe a Maple Sugar facility, maple sap plastic tubing network in the area.
4.9km ... 4-Way-JCT (47.22440,-69.52526) turned right (southerly).
6.0km ... passed Hunting Camp on right, roads more to the southeast.
7.6km ... fork, stayed right (straight).
8.1km ... fork (47.20357,-69.50660), stayed left (a bit overgrown). Road heads southeast then bends to the northeast (paralleling the Boundary Line).
9.4km ... parked at Hunter's Stand (47.20176,-69.49231), the HP is to the southeast at 300 meters.
Across the road from our TH I found a Hunter's Trail that took me southeast (passing a salt-lick-trap) 300 meters to the USA/CA Border Swath, then right (west) on the swath 70 meters to BOUNDARY PEAK 210. The Monument 210 is at the crest of the Boundary Line. Exceptionally clean, park-like swath.

On our first visit Rose and I backtracked to Hwy #287 then on to Camping du Lac de l'Est at the northwest side of the lake, where we overnighted (36$), the only restaurant in the area was closed. The Zec Chapais east entrance is just to the west of this CG (tomorrow's destination).

BOUNDARY PEAKS 207A & 205 … track/swath to 2 peaks - 6km, 650' gain, 1:50 hours RT.
From my TH (above) I walked the ATV track 225 meters south to the USA/CA Border, entering more or less on the crest of the Boundary Line, right (westbound) at 30 meters is a large/red-painted concrete pedestal (12" diameter X 24" high) embedded with BM "USA/CA No 207B, 1990". The swath through here was as clean as I ever seen it.
I went left on the swath (eastbound) 70 meters to BOUNDARY PEAK 207A (47.22711,-69.46276), right on the crest of the Boundary Line with the BM "USA/CA No 207A, 1990" embedded in a concrete pedestal same as the foregoing. The Monument 207 , original 1842 cast iron with its base renewed in 1912, sits 150 meters further east at a lower elevation.
I continued/walked the swath eastbound approx. 2.6km to BOUNDARY PEAK 205 - Monument 205, granite with its base renewed in 2005, sits right on the crest of the USA/CA Boundary line. The Boundary here is on the slopes of higher ground to the northwest in Quebec. A hunter's trail enters the swath from the Quebec side, telling us that perhaps there is a shorter way here.
On-route the swath drops to a depression where I rock-hopped across a creek, followed by another smaller creek a bit further, then on my 340 foot gain to Monument 205 I passed-by Monument 206 (original cast iron).
A moderate easy walk with fairly good footing on a clean swath.
I backtracked over Peak 207A on the way to the TH, then to my overnight spot as noted above.

PEAK 1360 - WEST SLOPE ... an easy 4.6km RT from TH.
From my overnight spot at Peak 207A above I drove back to the fork at 45.2 KM Marker above (47.24126,-69.49425) and zeroed my odo. Attention !!! High clearance required.
00.0km … from the fork I left northbound on the better road (always staying on the better road, ignoring side roads).
03.4km … 4-WAY JCT (47.26807,-69.48170), turned right (southerly).
05.1km … fork (47.25403,-69.47774) stayed left, sign "Gros Pin" points the way. From here on the road generally heading northeast gets rougher, then narrower/rougher still (the last 5-6 km more like an ATV track, its very rough with a lot of boulders, but my Nissan Rogue did OK except to say that the brush scratched the side of the car?? and it cost me).
12.5km … the main rough road makes a sharp left bend and a smaller road continues northeast straight (my hiking route). I parked here this was my TH (47.29097,-69.40878). Just before at 100 meters is a large Hunting Camp with 4 trailers (no vehicles on this day). A number of ATVers passed-by while at this TH.
From my TH I hiked the road northeast 300 meters to a protruding culvert (47.29319,-69.40786) at a JCT, a road on the right leads southeast to the Border. Straight continues northeast .8Km to its end at another hunting Camp - this road originally went another .8km to a bridge over the West Little Black River, but no longer (its now all water, no longer used and no bridge).
I turned right and went southeast 1.1km to the USA/CA border, entering the swath at (47.29075,-69.39785). A left (eastbound) on the swath is 1km to the Ruisseau l'Eau Claire (West Little Back River on Maine side). I first turned right (westbound) and climbed .5km to Monument 201 (granite renewed 2005), continued climbing another 250 meters to the large/red-painted concrete pedestal (15" diameter x 24" tall) embedded with BM "USA/CA No 201A, 1988) - this pedestal is tilted to one side, an ATV track runs through here, in fact 2 ATVers sped-by while I was up here.
Another 150 meters further west is PEAK 1360 - WEST SLOPE at the crest of the Boundary Line. The actual high ground of the area is to the east (left) inside the Maine woods (ridge line of Peak 1360). The large concrete pedestal (same as foregoing) with BM "USA/CA No 210B, 1988" marks the HP (47.28495,-69.40334).
I backtracked to my entry point (above) and continued eastbound on the swath 1km to the Ruisseau l'Eau Claire. The plan was to ford this river and continue to Monument 198A - but it wouldn't happen, the menacing river was too wide and chest deep. I will have to look at an eastern approach.
I should note that Monument 200-88 (original cast iron) is just before the river, nearby is a salt lick trap and a fairly new memorial cross "Gilles Levesque 1954-2015).

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:22 ft / 6 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:herd path seb from woods road
    Trailhead:woods road 300 meters north of HP  1950 ft / 594 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Time:8 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:6 Minutes

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