Ascent of Mont Saint-Joseph on 2015-04-25

Climber: Jan Triska

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, April 25, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mont Saint-Joseph
    Elevation:3514 ft / 1071 m

Ascent Trip Report

A very snowy outing on the Mont Megantic massif. When I arrived, I knew it was going to be a late season snow strom...just didn't quite anticipate the 20-30 cm of fresh snow that had been dumped on the peaks overnight. Thus, a hike became a snowshoe hike.
Mt. St-Joseph is the more exciting and varied ascent in this range; I enjoyed it despite the conditions. It goes up through various stages of the forest and tops out on a meandering ridge, which in clear conditions would offer really sweeping views of the Appalachians. (instead I saw clouds)
By comparison, the main summit of Mont Megantic - to which I was to continue hiking - is a more low-angled slope and the trail is very much lost in the trees, without prominent viewpoints until one arrives at the summit itself.

Overall, this trip, with Mt. St-Joseph and Mont Megantic, with a descent via the seasonal road, took slightly over 5 hours. 4 of it was on snowshoes and fairly hard work. I broke trail for 80% of the distance and encountered only one other hiking party. No one else was crazy enough to be up there in the prevailing conditions.
Nixed my camping plans and fled to the relative comforts of a motel in Sherbrooke.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1640 ft / 499 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Calm, Low Clouds
intermittent snow
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1640 ft / 499 m
    Route:standard trail
    Start Trailhead:park headquarters  1874 ft / 571 m
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics

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