On Monday, I had a day off work and wondered what I could do. I decided, when I woke up, to head north in réserve faunique des Laurentides and grab another summit. Since I wanted it to be a short hike, I settled on going to mont du lac des Neiges, a lower peak located close to a main forest road. I prepared the maps and set everything in my GPS, then grabbed my now constantly ready backpack. I took the road around 09:45, after the morning traffic, and quickly was on HWY 175. About an hour later, I reached forêt Montmorency and took RTE 33 towards lac des Neiges.
At the next junction, I followed RTE 331. I soon realized that the road was very soft and the further I went, the more I noticed it seemed freshly graded until I reached a point where only half the road was disturbed. A bit later, at a bend, I stumbled into a grader coming in my direction. I backed up to a very near fork I had just passed and waited until the grader got past. The road surface was poor, with plenty of upturned rocks I had to avoid. Nonetheless, I reached the junction with RTE 3332, kept going for about 500 meters on RTE 331 and then parked in the logging trail junction closest to my goal.
As I prepared to hike in, a Sépaq truck went by at a crazy speed. I really hope I'll never encounter one at a bad spot, of which there are tons on those back roads.