Ascent of Mont Onontio on 2016-06-14

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mont Onontio
    Elevation:1312 ft / 399 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is my 3rd and last day of my Mont Tremblant hiking trip. I visited 5 peaks in the order listed below. All hiking distances are estimates only.

MONT ONONTIO .... a trail and bushwack, 4km, 1:25 hours RT
From the round-about Montee Ryan/#327(rue Labelle), Mont Tremblant Info Center on corner, I drove south on Rue Labelle for .6km to a left turn onto Chemin Saint Bernard (Le Grand Lodge on corner, large brown building). I went easterly 3.2km, around north shore of Lac Ouimet, to the east side of the small Lac Raynaud - Domaine Saint-Bernard's main recreation center, large parking lot on the left and kiosk with trail maps on the right.
I parked at the large parking, this was my TH. The route that I took is visible on the satellite image.
Trail #A4/La Mennais circles Lac Raynaud along its shore line.
From the northwest corner of the large parking lot I walked west along the north shore of Lac Raynaud (CCW) .5km to the west side of the Lac at a signed trail JCT, where I picked up A15 Le Huron and followed it west .2km to a another signed trail JCT with A20. I turned right and followed A20 northerly .1km to a height-of-land (46.18674,-74.57671, elev.340M).
I then bushwacked east up the moderately steep slope .3km to the summit (46.18734,-74.57424), mostly open deciduous with some rough footing. At 30M from A20 I crossed a good trail which I met up again at the wooded summit. I later learned that this trail can be picked up at my TH (it would be a one-way trail hike of 1.8km). The free trail map available at the Info Center shows this trail.
The summit is signed "Mont Onontio 399M", no views.
I drove to Mont Tremblant and found my way east to Lac Superior.

MONT LA TUQUE ... no trail access, unsuccessful.
From the JCT Chemins Duplessis/Lac Superior (just north of Lac Superior) I went west on Duplessis for 1 km to a right turn on Chemin Mont Latuque. This road climbs north on the east side of the Mountain and makes a CCW loop to the west side dead-ending at 2.1km, elev. 460M (there are 2 houses here).
The south side of this mountain is a rock wall and the rest is very steep. I inquired at 2 places for trail information - apparently there is none. I didn't know what to expect so I decided to leave it for perhaps another time. My sense tells me that the best approach is from the north side, with probably some ledges to deal with.
I went back to the JCT Duplessis/Lac Superior.

MONT ELEPHANT ... a CW trail hike, 4.3km, 1:40 hours RT.
John McHugh TR nicely describes this hike. The only update that is required is to report that the Auberge le Versant Nord, located at the JCT of Chemins Duplessis/Lac Superior (a short distance north of Lac Superior), is no longer standing - it was demolished about year ago and all that remains is an open lot. The Mont Elephant TH is 40M to the south of the JCT.

PIC 460 and MONT NIXON ... trail hike with steep stretches, 7km, 2:15 hours RT for both peaks.
All one needs is to read the John McHugh TR, I add information.
From JCT Duplessis/Lac Superior I went south on Chemin Lac Superior for 1km to a left turn onto Chemin Tour du Lac, 2.2km east turned left at T-JCT on Chemin canton Archambault, 1.2km north is the Le Boule TH at the gate with a kiosk (Chemin Racine on the right). The daily fee is $8.50 (tres cher for sure ???).
I hiked left and followed John's route and glad that I did - the first summit that he talks about "........... and within 1km we were at an area with overlooks in each direction, one towards Mont-Tremblant and ..........." is an outstanding small/open rocky summit with great views to the east and west.
A hike to this peak alone is very rewarding and therefore merits its place in the PB Library - I added it as PIC 460(prov). A spur trail on the right climbs 30M to this rocky summit. Unfortunately I did not have my GPS with me and can't provide the on spot reading.
The descent on the north side of PIC 460 is very steep, arriving at a signed trail JCT at the col "Mont Nixon/Le Boule". Le Boule turns right and goes back to the TH on the flat in 1km - this being my return route and the easiest/recommended route if going directly to Mont Nixon (in other words from the TH one stay straight - not left like I did - if going only to Nixon).
I agree with John, the view offered on-route just before the Mont Nixon summit is outstanding.

I cleaned up and changed clothes before leaving the area in late afternoon, arriving home at 18:30 hours for a long day (somewhat fatigue) - Rose and I went to our local Saint Hubert for dinner.

"WHEN YOU WANT TO BE A SOMEBODY YOU BUY A FERRARI, WHEN YOU ARE A SOMEBODY YOU BUY A LAMBORGHINI." ................ frank Sinatra who owned a Lamborghini.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:393 ft / 119 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:trail/wack from lac raynaud
    Trailhead:lac raynaud, domaine saint-bernard  919 ft / 280 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack

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