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Ascent of Peak 640 on 2014-06-23

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, June 23, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Peak 640
    Location:Canada-Québec
    Elevation:2100 ft / 640 m

Ascent Trip Report

The only difficult part of this HP is the long 125km dirt road drive, followed by a very easy bushwack ..... 300 meters, 25 minutes RT. Allow 4 hours for the whole trip.

We are at the Gaspe Peninsula for a 9 day hiking/sightseeing trip. Yesterday morning we got an early start for the 10 hour drive to our first stop Park National de Gaspesie on route #299, only to be somewhat disappointed. Ginette, at the information center of Gite Mont Albert, told us that the trails to Mont Logan (MRC de Matane) open on June 24th and access is only available through the Park's Main Reservation Office, She can't do anything. Apparently the shortest hiking option is a 3 day trip .... using their shuttle on the first day plus 2 nights stay in Refuges for the return). I asked if a special arrangements could be made for say, a 2 day trip (shuttled up and back with a one night of refuge). Doesn't think so but gave me the name of the Park's Directeur, Pasqual Levesque (at 418-763-7494, ext 3321) perhaps he can help. Told her that I might call him while on this trip.
We took a camp site for night (6.50$ each for entry fee, 29$ camping, map + txs = 54+$).

The goal for today was the MRC de Bonaventure HP. This morning we drove south on #299 to the Junction with #132 (outside of New Richmond on La Baie de Chaleurs), then east on #132 for 6.3km to the stop light at Chemin de Saint-Edgar in Chaleurs (Volkswagen dealer on corner). We turned left on Chemin Saine-Edgar and zeroed our odo. This is the western approach to the HP.

00.0km ... drove north on Chemin de Saint-Edgar.
11.8km ... turned right onto Chemin Saint-Antoine(Robidoux).
22.3km ... at T-Junction turned left onto Chemin Barriault (unsigned)
26.6km ... turned right on unsigned road (sign Zec Bonaventure points the way)
33.1km ... turned right on Chemin St-Elzear and immediately crossed bridge over Riviere Garin.
33.8km ... left onto unsigned road, signs points "Gaspe 150km". GPS 48.28918,-65.49096). This road winds northeasterly to the HP. Also this corner can be approached from the south from New Carlisle, (see my return, below).
41.4km ... stayed right at fork onto Chemin Lac Arsenault. Left is signed "Gaspe" and NB: this may be the road to the Mont Alexandre, see its TR for more information.
62.5km ... arrived at the crest of the road, GPS 48.37276,-65.27842. The HP is a short 150M bushwack to the south. We parked here. I should note that all is nicely shown on the google satellite map, however the east-west road on google just south of the HP is an old woods road, the main road passes to the north side. KM Marker 27 is just before the final climb to the crest of the road.

I should note that the last part of the drive to the HP is all open, offering outstanding views in all directions.

I bushwacked/snaked south to the high ground in dense woods always looking for the open areas, easy going. there is nothing obvious, so I walked/gridded a 30M diameter circle before choosing "a" spot at GPS 48.37180,-65.27847. ... 300 meters, 25 minute RT.

We returned/backtracked to Chemin Saint-Elzear (33.8km above) but instead of continuing westerly we went south to New Carlisle (39.7km), corner of #132/Chemin de l"Eglise at St Andrews church. Birthplace of Rene Levesque. A bit longer drive.

At new Carlisle we visited Rene Levesque's birthplace home off of rue Rene Levesque, Statue in Town Park and museum on Gerard D Levesque Blvd (route #132). It was disappointing to see these monuments is such poor condition. The house has a small plaque out front with the grounds full of chest high weeds and also the Statue's garden is full of weeds, the museum was closed. Its evident to me that what we saw is a direct reflection of Quebec's sad financial/management situation .... where is the town here ????.
Also I asked myself this question, "Why is the main street called Gerard D Levesque and the side street Rene Levesque?".

We drove east on #132 to Chandler where we ran a few errands and update PB at McDo before getting a near-by campground. This #132 coastal drive is very serene and beautiful and a reflection of the bays name "La Baie des Chaleurs".

"THE HAPPINESS IN LIFE DEPENDS ON THE QUALITY OF YOUR THOUGHTS."
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:25 ft / 7 m
    Total Elevation Loss:25 ft / 7 m
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:25 ft / 7 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:long dirt road drive with short wack
    Start Trailhead:road north side of HP  2075 ft / 632 m
    Time:10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:25 ft / 7 m
    Route:long dirt road drive with short wack
    End Trailhead:road north side of HP  2075 ft / 632 m
    Time:5 Minutes



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