Ascent of Mont Burnt on 2015-10-12

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, October 12, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mont Burnt
    Elevation:2218 ft / 676 m

Ascent Trip Report

An old woods roads climb .... 6.4km, 2:20 hours total RT including time for route checking.

We had a nice family Thanksgiving Dinner yesterday at our daughter Linda's place. When we got home Rose said to me "It's supposed to be really nice tomorrow, why don't you and take-in the hike you wanted to do the-other-day."
"Great suggestion, I'll do that."

And I'm really glad I took Rose's suggestion because today was an outstanding day for the mountains, warm and sunny with the fall colors practically at their peak. A perfect autumn day with the fallen leaves turning the trails into multicolored crunchy carpets that are a delight to walk on. There is no sound more uplifting than the rustling sound of the leaves with every step.
Tons of people driving around, enjoying the colors, in fact I have never seen so many motorcycles and cyclists on the back-roads of the townships as I did today. It was amazing.
I would take in 2 hikes.

I stopped at Tim Horton's for coffee and bagel before getting on the Autoroute 10 for the Cantons de l'Est, getting off at exit 106 and travelling south on hwys #245/243 to Highwater. I picked up Chemin de la Mine just south on Riviere Missisquoi and went west 1.5km to a left turn on Chemin Lafond which I drove south .8km to its end. Straight ahead is a long driveway to a house and on the right is a road beside a small house, sign on a pole reads "GILTAUR" and behind it is a gated road with the signs "CHALETS" and "CHEMIN PRIVEE" ... this was my road heading west.
The gate was open so I continued driving on this dirt road (gets rough the last half) 1.5km to where it bends right (north), straight ahead (west) is a clearing. I parked here (45.02188,-72.46698).
I should note that I met up with a truck on his way out, the friendly gentleman offered his directions to the summit and didn't have a problem with my presence.

To the southwest across the clearing is an obscure grass road (gets better once on it) that was my route, I ignored the larger grass road 40 yards to its right. The satellite images show my described route albeit somewhat obscure, my distances in this TR are estimates only. The route has little sign of usage.

I walked this grass road southwest for 1km to a reverse fork with a 3 high huge rock cairn on the right (150 meters before this fork the road makes a sharp left bend to the east). I made a sharp right bend at this fork and continued southwest .9km to another fork (45.01442,-72.48135) where I stayed right on the better road. I passed by a small pond on the left and in .5km came to another reverse fork (45.01320,-72.48610) where I made a sharp right, sign "Defense de Passer".
The route to this point (2.4km from the TH) is a gradual/easy ascent, from here to the summit however the route (.8km) is moderately steep with a few short steep sections. The road starts out northeast and bends west before climbing/winding its way northwest to the summit.

I felt really sluggish today, having a tough time on this last climb (even though its easy), huffing and puffing and taking a number of granny breaks. Not a good sign.

This is a spectacular all rock summit (45.01759,-72.48964) offering a full panorama above the trees, on this warm/sunny day I was rewarded with a sea of red, something that one doesn't get to see unless he's out there.
I was surprised to find a large new sign "MONT BURNT, ENVIRONMENT CANADA NATURE CONSERVANCY". This sign tells me that there must be an official trail to this peak (my route is not official).
My ascending road continues over the summit so I followed it for a short distance, and it appears to descend northwest towards Chemin Dufour ???? Perhaps this is the official trail????

There is a rotting/broken shed north/below the rocky summit, it appears that it once sat on the rock summit.
I descended/backtracked to the TH in 37 minutes and moved on to the nearby Colline Clark, another well worth destination.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1103 ft / 336 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:woods roads swb from chemin lafond
    Trailhead:chemin lafond  1115 ft / 339 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:37 Minutes

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