Ascent of La Vache Noire on 2013-10-05
|Others in Party:||Rob Jagodzinski|
|Date:||Saturday, October 5, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
|Peak:||La Vache Noire|
| Elevation:||2474 ft / 754 m|
Ascent Trip ReportA very nice fall day on the Des Centannaires trail; finally had the opportunity to hike it in the proper direction, ie. start with the fairly steep ascent of the Montagne de la Vache Noire, then descend into the trough separating it from the northern sub-summit, go up that, and then take the path descending to La Sablonniere. Since this is a traverse, the full duration was about 4.5-5 hrs.
The first ascent is some good cardio workout on a bouldery, twisting path, with several viewpoints that make one feel the 'mountain high'. Later on, there is a lot of straightforward hiking in largely treed terrain, not as spectacular as the firt 2km. Another nice viewpoint exists on the north sub-summit. Fall colours were in full effect, maybe almost too late in fact. The day began as cool but turned into almost summer weather by afternoon. My hiking buddy was visiting from Alberta; this is our 2nd mountain this year, first one being in the AB Rockies...a good perspective comparing these two very different ranges.
Montagne de La Vache Noire rises above the river valley of Rivier du Diable, at the Mont Trembalnt parc, Quebec (2013-10-05). Photo by Jan Triska.
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|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1752 ft / 533 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||1719 ft / 523 m|
| Grade/Class:||rugged hike|
| Quality:||4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy|
| Gain on way in:||1424 ft / 434 m|
| Route:||south slopes|
| Start Trailhead:||Des Centennaires Trailhead 1050 ft / 320 m|
| Time:||1 Hours 30 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||1719 ft / 523 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 1391 ft / 424 m; Extra: 328 ft / 99m|
| Gain on way out:||328 ft / 99 m|
| Route:||Des Centennaires trail|
| End Trailhead:||La Sablonniere trailhead 1083 ft / 330 m|
| Time:||3 Hours |
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