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Ascent of Mont Jean-Charles-Bonenfant on 2013-10-15

Climber: Gabriel C

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mont Jean-Charles-Bonenfant
    Location:Canada-Québec
    Elevation:3287 ft / 1001 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had decided, a few weeks beforehand, that I would take a few days off from work during the mid-semester break in College; I'd attempt some peakbagging in there. After our hike the prior weekend, I chose to go out only on the sunny day of the three I had available. I booked a car through Discount for one day, and decided to aim for a short and easy summit: mont Jean-Charles-Bonenfant. An aerial sits there, so a maintenance road goes to the summit.

I woke up around 08:00 on Tuesday, quickly ate, put my hiking gear on, packed some essentials, and left on the bus to go retrieve the car. I had booked it for 09:30 and got there exactly on time. After settling the paperwork, I headed out directly on the highway. It took about an hour to reach km146 on highway 175 where you can take a side road on the left that connnects with one of réserve faunique des Laurentides's forest roads, Route 18. After about two hundred meters, I took a right and headed north along Rte 18 for two kilometers and spotted a nice parking area on the shores of lac de la Sarcelle. I wanted to at least hike a bit, and it looked like I could drive very far up.

From there, I continued on foot along Rte 18 for just over another kilometer before I saw a spur leave on my left. After checking on my GPS and confirming it was the maintenance road that leads to the summit, I followed it. The grade was easy at first, and the footing was excellent. I could have driven up with the car for most of the way, only doubting one spot where the gravel and sand was washed off a steeper section, exposing larger pebbles.

The air was cool, I was now in the shade, and the dew got my boots soaked in no time. It wasn't long before I reached the flatter top area, and I was in the sun again. I saw the aerial a bit further ahead, and soon reached it. I immediately spotted obvious higher ground to the left of the gated tower and started looking around for the benchmark. I found the high point, inside the trees on top of the rocky nubble east of the tower, but could not locate the benchmark that was described as a 25cm concrete cylinder encased in rock. It might have been overgrown as there is no reference to a recent inspection.

I wandered around the perimeter, looking for other traces or a benchmark, but never found it. I abandoned after about 15 minutes and started downhill. I saw a few partridges on the way and quickly got back to Rte 18. From there the walk back to the car was easy, but I developed a stiff neck that evolved into a nasty torticollis.

I had made secondary plans for mont du ruisseau Tessier, located in Forêt Montmorency, in case I had enough time, but this wry neck made me abandon the idea. I packed everything and drove back in town, getting home around 13:00.

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From the chosen trailhead, I could see my goal, the aerial on top of the hill.

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The summit area. The true high point stands on top of the rocky knob, in the trees, at the left of the screen.

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The jeep trail to the summit is well maintained except for the steeper spots that are a bit eroded.

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The access trail leaves Rte 18 on the left and crosses under the powerlines.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:754 ft / 229 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Route:Rte 18, maintenance trail
    Trailhead:Lac de la Sarcelle, along road  2533 ft / 772 m
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:43 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:39 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Gabriel C
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