Following my ascent of mont du lac du Styx, I drove back to Rte 19 and then took a right, going back towards Hwy 175. When I reached the fork to lac Bareau, I hesitated to drive over the uneven, rocky, and steep ramp towards the trail but my offroad experience seemed pretty good when I managed to get through without bottoming out. The trail was as I remembered it from my ascent of mont du lac Bareau, earlier that year, although the surface seemed very soft in some places. I made it past a prospector tent frame made from poles that were left in place. The occupants also left some garbage behind, which is unfortunate. After a tricky steep hill, I reached a four-way junction and, after looking at the trail ahead, I decided to park there. When I got out of the car, I noticed a cabin to my west and decided to go take a look. The installation was very nice and a water pumping reservoir was set up in a stream just before the main building. I looked around a bit before going back towards the car and then picked up my pack to leave for my main goal.
The trail was indeed too difficult to drive over with my car as a deep water-carved rut ran across a few tens of meters after the junction. The road went up and down as it circled around lac Tourbeux and at the third fork on my right, I started ascending in an old logging trail that would lead me the closest to the summit before I had to bushwhack. This trail was still very clean, and it steadily gained altitude as it wound its way along the slope. At some point the trail ended and I had to take a left into a much less tidy logging rut, filled with debris. I decided to put my waterproof pants on as it would become denser soon. The rut went downhill for some tens of meters before I took a right in another that ascended the slope further. At this point I started to see many isolated boulders, even a couple stacked on one another. It became trickier to navigate but I eventually made it to the edge of the logging patch and dove in.
The forest was surprisingly sparse, but I quickly found out why. The same boulder field I encountered earlier was present here too. A very peculiar setting that I had never encountered before in the Laurentians, this was completely different bushwhacking. The slope gradually got steeper until I reached some very obvious rocky bands that were not quite a cliff but still required some wet peat moss scrambling. As I got closer to my goal, I saw the clearings ahead and after a final steep push, I emerged directly in the summit glade. There was unobstructed sky in every direction and had it not been from the low clouds and rain, I would have had an amazing panorama, I'm sure.
I wandered shortly over the very obvious summit, took a picture, and started back down. The snow-covered moss was difficult to descend on but I soon was back in the forest and making my way towards the logging patch. I diverged a lot from my uphill leg and missed my entry point though and ended up having to hop from boulder to boulder in a very difficult to navigate area a few meters south. I eventually made it back in the rut and the downhill became much easier. Back on the road, it was only a matter of getting to the car and taking the soaked waterproof gear off and putting dry shoes on. From there, I drove back to Rte 19 and made it back to Hwy 175 without incident aside from chasing two moose for a while.
All considered, it was a nice hike with potential views on a much easier summit to bushwhack than the average.