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Ascent of Montagne à Léonard on 2016-06-13

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, June 13, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Montagne à Léonard
    Location:Canada
    Elevation:1444 ft / 440 m

Ascent Trip Report

On this second day of my 3 day hiking trip to the Mont Tremblant area I visited 4 summits all as per this one only TR. All of my hiking distances are estimates only.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO THE DIFFERENT NOTED TRAILHEADS.
After having breakfast at McDo I found my way to Hwy #117, exit 116 (Saint Jovite) and zeroed my odo.
00.0km ... left Hwy #117, exit 116, northbound on Hwy #327.
03.8km ... turned right (westbound) onto 8e Rang
04.5km ... pass Chemin Briere on the right which leads to the TH FOR MONTAGNE A LEONARD. I continued straight on 8e Rang.
07.6km ... turned left (north) on Chemin du Lac Gauthier.
11.1km ... park on the road side (46.17520,-74.54385) for my TH FOR MONT SAINT-BERNARD. At .5km further up the road on the left is a major TH for Domaine Saint Bernard c/w a kiosk and trail maps, across the road on the right is the TH Parking. This is the alternate TH for Mont Saint Bernard. I continued on Chemin du Lac Gauthier.
12.6km ... turned right (south) on Chemin du Domaine Millette.
14.0km ... dead-end, TH FOR MONT DE L'INDIEN (46.16998,-74.52518). I parked here.

MONTAGNE A LEONARD ... a southbound bushwhack, .8km, 25 minutes RT.
From the 4.5km Marker above I turned right (east) onto Chemin Briere (dirt) for .25km to a right turn on Chemin du Mont du Daim (paved), .5km south turned right on Rue des Bouleaux followed by a left at .2km on Rue Merisiers which dead-ends east at .4km. Parked here (46.14437,-74.56898), the HP is to the south at .3km.
I bushwhacked/zig-zagged my way up the steep slope .4km to the beautiful open deciduous summit, ok footing, a nice destination.

MONT SAINT-BERNARD ... a short whack with a trail hike, 2km, 50 minutes RT.
I bushwhacked directly to the summit via a slightly different route, what I describe here is my recommended route which I found as I neared the summit and used it for my descent.
From my TH (46.17520,-76.54385 elev. 300M) on Chemin du Lac Gauthier per above, I bushwhacked (immediately crossing a wide ski trail) right-of-north 100+M to a Xcountry ski trail on a ridge (46.17598,-74.54377) - a right here descends eastbound to the Domaine Saint-Bernard TH (kiosk) that I note above. I turned left on this ski trail as it winds/climbs the ridge westbound for .8km to the wooded summit (the actual HP at a small rock is 40M north of the trail). Just before the summit is a major signed trail JCT "Sentier de Raquette, Mont Tremblant/Saint-Bernard". The trails are nicely blazed, this is not much of a summit - no rewards here. One needs to take a look at the referred-to kiosk for the trail map.

MONT DE L'INDIEN ... a bushwhack and trail loop hike, 1.6km, 1:05 hours TH.
From the parking at the TH noted above (46.16998,-76.52518, elev. 330M) I followed a trail southbound for .3km (46.16803,-76.52598) where I left the trail and bushwhacked west .5km to the N-S ridge where I came upon a good ridge trail 150M north of the summit. Open deciduous woods, moderate climb with little undergrowth except at one spot just before the ridge where a bit of scrambling was required.
I turned left on the trail and climbed the very beautiful narrow ridge to the summit (46.16829,-76.74.53053) with great views to the east and west. A great destination.
For the descent I decided to follow the trail northbound along the ridge, hopping that it would drop-off to the right (east) - no such luck. At .4km (46.17170,-76.52905, elev. 380M) the trail turns descends to the left (west) - my guess is the source of this trail could be at the Domaine Saint-Bernard TH on Chemin du Lac Gauthier noted above.
From the ridge I bushwhacked/descended (east) .3km to Chemin du Domaine Millette, coming out 150M north of my TH, at house #355. This bushwhack/descent was somewhat rougher than my ascent (but it's shorter with half of the elev. gain).

I drove back out to the JCT #327/8e Rang and continued north on #327 to the round-about for JCT #327/Montee Ryan with the Mont Tremblant Info Center on corner - stopped in for trail and camping information.

MONT TIMBER ... all trail climb northeast bound, 6km, 2 hours RT.
From the round-about, JCT #327/Montee Ryan, we zeroed our odo.
0.0km ... round-about #327/Montee Ryan went north on Montee Ryan.
3.7km ... round-about Ryan/Duplessis, stayed right (east) on Chemin Duplessis, pass the Mont Tremblant Ski Village with its Ski Slopes on the left (north).
5.6km ... round about for casino, went left (northeast) on Chemin Versant Soleil, Duplessis goes straight (east).
6.4km ... stayed right on Versant Soleil.
6.9km ... round-about, followed Chemin Constellation eastbound.
7.6km ... round about, On the east side is a road that climbs 200 meters to a service building of sorts (a low square building), Chemin Cassiopee continues/heads northerly to a dead-end. I parked at the service building. The white/blue-blazed multi-use trail La Nord-Sud (bike and xcountry) crosses the round-about.
I followed/climbed the white/blue blazed trail northeast 2km to a signed Trail JCT (46.20359,-76.54153), La Nord-Sud continues straight, I turned left on the White/Grey blazed "Grand-Nord", which climbs north .4km to a Trail JCT where I stayed left for another .6km to the wooded summit with no views. I backtracked to my TH.

I drove back to Hwy #117 overnighting at Camping Diable (39$, ridiculously high).

"IF MY MIND CAN CONCEIVE IT, AND MY HEART CAN BELIEVE IT - THEN I CAN ACHIEVE IT." ....... Muhammad ali


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:197 ft / 60 m
    Total Elevation Loss:197 ft / 60 m
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:197 ft / 60 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:whack sb from rue merisiers
    Start Trailhead:Rue Merisiers   1247 ft / 380 m
    Time:10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:197 ft / 60 m
    Route:whack sb from rue merisiers
    End Trailhead:Rue Merisiers   1247 ft / 380 m
    Time:8 Minutes



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