Ascent of Mont du lac aux Alevins on 2015-11-12

Climber: Gabriel C

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, November 12, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mont du lac aux Alevins
    Elevation:3507 ft / 1068 m

Ascent Trip Report

IMG_5364Following 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.

IMG_5365The 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.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:872 ft / 264 m
    Total Elevation Loss:872 ft / 264 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.9 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:659 ft / 200 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 410 ft / 125 m; Extra: 249 ft / 75m
    Loss on way in:249 ft / 75 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route:Road hike, logging trails and bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Junction near lac Tourbeux  3097 ft / 943 m
    Time:42 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:623 ft / 189 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 410 ft / 125 m; Extra: 213 ft / 64m
    Gain on way out:213 ft / 64 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Route:Road hike, logging trails and bushwhack
    End Trailhead:Junction near lac Tourbeux  3097 ft / 943 m
    Time:35 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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