Ascent of Parc d'Oka High Point on 2010-04-19

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Monday, April 19, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Parc d'Oka High Point
    Elevation:591 ft / 180 m

Ascent Trip Report

Easy woods road and bushwhack on Parc National d'Oka North-Boundary-Line.

The goal today was PARC D'OKA HIGHPOINT (see TR for Mont Calvaire d'Oka), however in the process I decided to bag the near-by summit of MONT DU RADAR and later the summit of Saint-Joseph-du-Lac Hill.
The reason being that the south side Lac des Deux Montagnes (Lake of Two Mountains) that feeds into the Saint Lawrence River is named after these two peaks, Mont Calvaire d'Oka and Saint-Joseph-du-Lac Hill. So I thought it cool to have them in the PB data base.

I decided to climb Parc d'Oka Highpoint via the easiest-way, from a TH outside the Park (north side), at the corner of Rang L'Annonciation and an unnamed gated Woods Road.
To get there from Montreal, I drove west on #640 and #344 to a right turn (north) on Rang Saint-Sophie, before Parc National d'Oka. Then travelled north on Saint-Sophie for 3km to a flashing light and a left turn on L'Annonciation, the gated Woods Road is 0.6km on the left. This was my TH (45.50691,-74.06382), this area is called Oka-Sur-La-Montagne.
Note that on this day the gate was open, the Woods Road can be driven for over half of its length, the last 300M is very wet and not recommended.

I hiked generally southeast on the Woods Road for about 1.5km, to where the Road makes a 90 degree turn to the left. I (turned right) started my bushwhack here in a west-southwest direction. This direction lines up exactly with the Park's North-Boundary-Line. I immediately crossed a deep drainage ditch on a log-bridge (worn down from use) and in 100M reached the Park's Northeast Corner-Boundary-Post, a steel fence post with a yellow sign "PARC D'OKA" and orange-tape-flagging, can't be missed.
Continued climbing on the North-Boundary-Line (west-southwest) to a wooded height-of-land and the PARC D'OKA HIGHPOINT at about 0.5km. The North-Boundary-Line is open, orange flagged, signs of human traffic, somewhat rocky footing and easy going. I pink flagged the Highpoint which is on the south slopes of Mont du Radar, no views.

I was so close to the summit of MONT DU RADAR that I decided to go for it, even though I knew I was trespassing and shouldn't have been there without permission. As I looked north at the open maple forest (private property) all I could see was a maple-sap-drainage-system (a network of blue/black plastic tubing tied to the different trees and draining to some central location). Imagine the time/work/expense required for such an installation, I made sure not to touch the tubes.

From Parc d'Oka Highpoint I bushwhacked northwest (open and easy) for about 400M to the east summit of MONT DU RADAR at a small bump, another bump to the west (50M) could be a highpoint candidate, again heavily wooded with no views. I pink-flagged my chosen highpoint and backtracked to the TH. From here we found our way to Saint-Joseph-du-Lac Hill for the third very easy climb of the day.

"YOU OBSERVE A LOT BY WATCHING." ................ Berraism

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:427 ft / 130 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:woods rd sw/bushwhack se on boundary line
    Trailhead:oka-sur-la-montagne/ch l'annonciation/woods road  164 ft / 49 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
Ascent Part of Trip: oka

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Parc d'Oka High Point2010-04-19 a427 ft / 130 m
2Montagne du Radar2010-04-19 b39 ft / 12 m
Total Trip Gain: 466 ft / 142 m    Total Trip Loss: 466 ft / 142 m

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