Ascent of Mont Saint-Bruno on 2009-07-06

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:My 9th visit
Date:Monday, July 6, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mont Saint-Bruno
    Elevation:699 ft / 213 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parc National du Mont Saint-Bruno a Monteregian linear chain of Hills, very close to the city of Montreal, offers a network of excellent multi-use trails ...... this very popular park charges a daily per-person users-fee, trail maps are available at the Park's Main Entrance with Parking and Accueil at the west side of the park. From the network of easy/moderate trails one can design a route to suit one's taste.
Besides this Main Entrance the park has 9 sub-entrances around its perimeter with self-pay stations.
My goal is to visit this park 50 times (not all of the sub-summits) using all of the different entrances. This TR will record my progress with an update from time to time. The distances provided are estimates only.

Today was my 9th visit to this park, the first was back in 1982 when I went to the PARK'S HP. Today's visit was a return trip to the PARK'S HP, which also happens to be the LONGUEUIL COHP ..... an easy bushwhack away from the crowds on the maintained trails. I wasn't into COHPing back in 1982. This park is home to 2 of Quebec's 103 COHPs.
From the park's main entrance at the west end of the park, I took the longest loop (blue) trail "Sentier des Lacs", in a clockwise direction. Once at the east end of Lac des Bouleaux I bushwhacked/climbed-steeply northeast to the circular summit ridge, where a good herd path follows the whole length of the ridge. I turned right (south) to get the MONT SAINT BRUNO HP ....... it was easy going thru the open deciduous forest. I must note that the park discourages off-trail hiking.

UPDATE #1 DATED 2010-09-10 (for 12th visit)
I came back to Mont Saint Bruno for my 12th visit to hike the ridge, which as of this date has 3 summits listed in the PB Library - SOMMET DE L'OUEST (near the Communication Towers), SOMMET CENTRAL (which is the Marguerite-d'Youville COHP) and MONT SAINT BRUNO (the park's HP and the Longueuil COHP). See my COHP TR of 2010-08-02 for SOMMET CENTRAL for more information.
I started at the west side main entrance, up the Sentiers des Lacs clockwise, before the Lacs de Bouleaux turned left on the dirt road to the Communication Towers where I bushwhacked east 150M to SOMMET DE L'OUEST, then followed a faint herd path east (with some rough/steep stretches) on the ridge over to SOMMET CENTRAL and then continued on a good herd path east/southeast to MONT SAINT BRUNO (the highest main summit), a number of ups and downs on-route. I bushwhacked southwest down to the Sentier des Lacs which brought me back down to the entrance.

UPDATE #2 DATED 2016-09-21 (for 18th visit)
I'm back for my 18th time to visit 2 new virgin summits and later adding them to the PB Library, thereby having a total of 5 summits in the PB Library as of this date. I visited the "SOMMET SUD-EST" (located just 15 meters south of Sentier Monteregien) and "SOMMET SUD-OUEST" (the easiest access is a 200M bushwhack from the crest of Sentier Monteregien east of the summit).
From the west side main entrance I took the Sentier Monteregien eastbound. Both summits are a bit off-trail in open woods with no underbrush, no views.
I should note that park Mont Saint-Bruno has a number of other bumps that could be added to the PB Library, however in-my-opinion the prominence is much too small.

UPDATE #3 DATED 2018-07-06 (for 20th visit)……... a clockwise loop hike over 6 peaks ….. 12km, 1800' total gain, 3:40 hours RT.
The unbelievable scorching heat of this past week (temps well over 35C) has kept us cooped-up in the house. It was nice to get out for a change (Rose stayed back), even though the temps were still high (24C). But the nice breeze made it very comfortable inside the woods, I took-in a lot of liquids and a lot of granny breaks.
I came back for my 20th visit, to do a clockwise circular-loop/ridge-hike (for the first time) over the 5 summits in the PB Library. For good measure I found and visited another summit that is an excellent destination - the only Mont Saint-Bruno summit that is open and offers a great view, and thereby merits a place in the PB Library. I named it "MONT SAINT BRUNO-SOMMET BELLEVUE" and added-it to the library as prov for a total of 6 summits.
The parks entry fee as of this date was $8.60. I should note that the trail maps provided today are IMO, poor (no trail names or colour codes), unlike my old map of days-gone-by (trail names and colour coded). I once again parked at the west side main entrance, not too many people out today.
My clockwise hike took me over SOMMET BELLEVUE, SOMMET DE L'OUEST, SOMMET CENTRAL, SAINT-BRUNO (highest summit), SOMMET SUD-EST and finally SOMMET SUD-OUEST.
As noted all of these summits are wooded with no views except for SOMMET BELLEVUE - this open summit at the top of the chair lift, offers nice views to the northwest. The circular wooded ridge hike is very interesting, with super deciduous woods and numerous ups-and-downs. The best time to visit is probably after the foliage.
Besides SOMMET BELLEVUE this loop-hike passed-by the shore of the scenic/quiet Lac du Moulin. I should note however that the very best view of this whole loop is from the ridge at a small opening in the trees about 100 meters south Mont Saint-Bruno's main summit - an outstanding/tunnel-like distant-view to the northwest of Mont Royal/downtown Montreal.
I got back home with a sore left ankle, stopping on-route for a Mcdo burger ???.

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looking southeast across Lac Seigneurial from viewing platform at northwest side (2020-07-10). Photo by Ben Lostracco.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:614 ft / 187 m
    Total Elevation Loss:614 ft / 187 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:548 ft / 167 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 515 ft / 157 m; Extra: 33 ft / 10m
    Loss on way in:33 ft / 10 m
    Distance:5.8 mi / 9.4 km
    Route:sentiers des lacs from parking, 9th visit
    Start Trailhead:parking/information center at west end  184 ft / 56 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:581 ft / 177 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 515 ft / 157 m; Extra: 66 ft / 20m
    Gain on way out:66 ft / 20 m
    Route:sentiers des lacs from parking at info center
    End Trailhead:parking/information center at west end  184 ft / 56 m

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