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Ascent of Mont Blondin on 2016-06-12

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, June 12, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mont Blondin
    Location:Canada
    Elevation:1706 ft / 519 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is day one of a 3 day solo hiking trip to the Mont Tremblant area, the first for 2016 - as a rule we like to come to this area 2-3 times per year. On this first day I visited 6 peaks all as listed in this one only TR.

THE DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO THE DIFFERENT TRAILHEADS.
From Montreal I found my way north on Autoroute 15 to exit 83 in Saint Agathe des Monts and zeroed my odo.
00.0km ... A15, exit 83, I went west on Montee Alouette.
02.1km ... 4-way JCT with hwy #329, stayed straight (west) and continued on Chemin Lac des Sables.
06.6km ... T-JCT turned left on Chemin du Lac Manitou.
11.3km ... JCT, stayed straight(right) as road becomes Chemin des Lacs.
13.2km ... Chemin Brazeau on the right leads to the TH FOR MONT BLONDIN. I stayed with Chemin des Lacs as it continues west and soon bends right (northerly).
23.3km ... turned left (west) on Rue du Mont Jolie. If coming from the north this turn is 1.5km south of Hwy #117, exit 107.
23.6km ... pass Rue des Pentes on the right which leads north to the TH FOR MONTS BLANC AND FAUSTIN. I continued on Rue du Mont Jolie as it turns southerly.
24.0km ... the road crests at a left bend (with driveway #150 and #160 on the right) as the road makes a loop. this is the TH FOR MONT JOLIE AND PIC 540.


MONT BLONDIN ... a road and bushwack, 1.4km, 35 minutes RT.
I drove north on Chemin Brazeau (dirt) for .7km to a road on the left with an open gate and with house #103 & #110. This was my TH (parking is very tight). The road on the left heads northerly to Lac Brazeau.
I walked the road left for 100M and started my bushwack (46.05675,-74.41041). The summit is to the northwest at .5km in open deciduous woods. I climbed/stayed left to the ridge (some rough footing on route), then right-of-north 150M to the nice wooded summit - a large rock outcrop offering views only after the foliage, remnants of fire residue. A nice destination.

MONT BLANC and MONT FAUSTIN ... an open xcountry hike to 2 summits, 3.7km, 1:10 hours RT
The northern slopes of these 2 summits is the Mont Blanc Ski Resort.
From Rue du Mont Jolie I drove north on Rue des Pentes .3km and parked at the dead-end. This was my TH for both Monts.
A grass track heads north on the flat 150M to a ski-run on Mont Blanc Ski Resort where I turned left and climbed the ski-run southwest .4km to the open summit of MONT BLANC - 2 Ski Lift Stations in the area.
I continued/descended westerly on ski-runs .6km to the col (elev. 480M) then ascended again on Ski-Runs .7km to the open summit of MONT FAUSTIN with a Ski Lift Station. I backtracked to the TH going over MONT BLANC for the second time.
This is an easy/enjoyable all open hike with outstanding views to the north, the best of which are on the way to Mont Faustin.

MONT JOLIE ... a drive up.
I drove north on driveway #160 100M to the summit capped with a new home - I found no one home (as is the case with a lot of these residential homes in the hills of the north country). The HP is about 40M east inside the woods - a small Communication Tower sits on a rock.
I later went to house #110 to confirm if in fact this summit is known locally as Mont Jolie - the lady said yes.

PIC 540 ... a bushwack southwest bound, 2.2km, 1:50 hours RT.
I started my bushwack on Rue du Mont Jolie just before (south-of) driveway #150.
I wacked/descended southwesterly (moderately steep) in the very open deciduous woods with no underbrush .4km to the col at elev. 420M GPS 46.09479,-74.48270). The west side of the col is boggy and wet, I stayed left. Also at the col I came upon an E-W path and a left here may lead east to Chemin des Lacs.
From the col I continued/ascended the same line .7km to the wooded summit. The deciduous woods here are also open but with underbrush and very rough terrain - rocks and blowdown. I zigged-zagged and found it taxing.
This is not a recommended route, I suggest trying a northwest approach from Chemin du Lac Cache. Another of those summits rated "for Peakbaggers only).

MONT DESJARDINS .... bushwack southeast bound, 1.7km, 55 minutes RT.
From Rue du Mont Jolie above we continued north on Chemin des Lacs and found our way to the JCT of Hwy #117 and Rue de Pioneers (Saint Jovite) - McDo, IGA and SUPER C at JCT. I drove south on Rue de Pionniers for .6km to a left turn on Allee Paisible, then .8km south (after a left U-Bend) I parked at the driveway on the right for the open lot #30. This was my TH (elev. 300M).
I bushwacked/climbed a southeast line .8km to the summit, all open deciduous woods with no underbrush and good footing. I crossed over 2 woods track on-route. The only obstacle being a rocky ledge 100M before the summit - the top of which has a N-S narrow band of all conifer woods with an old unused cabin (100 NW of HP). I stayed left on the ledge for an easy climb.
The wooded summit is a large rock outcrop with moss cover and knee high brush, a very interesting/enjoyable/recommended destination. The cabin was probably serviced by a track.

I went to the Mcdo for dinner, called Rose and overnighted at the near-by Camping Boreal (31$).

"SERVICE TO OTHERS IS THE RENT YOU PAY FOR YOUR ROOM HERE ON EARTH." ........ Muhammad ali



Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:394 ft / 120 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route:road/wack nwb from chemin brazeau
    Trailhead:Chemin Brazeau  1312 ft / 399 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack



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