Ascent of Le Chêne Nain on 2010-04-22

Climber: Lee Newton

Date:Thursday, April 22, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Le Chêne Nain
    Elevation:968 ft / 295 m

Ascent Trip Report

First find the point where the D34 crosses the French-Belgian border between Cendron (Belgium) and La Neuville aux Joutes (france). Then locate a forestry crossroads (actually 5 way but overgrown) about 700m south of the border (altitude 301m). There is room to park a few cars on the E side of the road. Right here you are still in the department of Ardennes. From the 5-way junction choose the forest road heading just west of south, then at a T junction turn right. THe "summit" is a slope point marked on the highest scale IGN mapping but is difficult to see exactly where it is. There are a few boundary markers in the woods so to walk along the line of those is a fairly sure way of passsing the highpoint (slightly higher ground may be south). Not so easy to find them, though. There are no views, some pretty trees but otherwise uninspiring. If you reach the overgrown vehicle track (Route Forestiere de Cedron) you have gone too far. One noteworthy point, I think this is the first an only time I ever walked solely downhill to a highpoint.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Trailhead:988 ft / 301 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
Descent (To Destination) Statistics
    Time:30 Minutes

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