Ascent of Mont du Lac de la Hache on 2017-01-15

Climber: Gabriel C

Others in Party:Serge Massad
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, January 15, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Carpool
Peak:Mont du Lac de la Hache
    Elevation:3343 ft / 1018 m

Ascent Trip Report

Unfortunately, I have no pictures as I was short on batteries and prioritized the GPS to bring back a track.
Bear in mind this track is not a continuous record and has been (only slightly) completed post-hike. Battery issues...

Following my introduction to a peakbagger's group on Facebook, I asked if there was interest for a day hike during the week-end. Mostly everyone was unavailable, but I received a positive message from Serge Massad. We agreed on a hike on Sunday and I started to plan for a hike towards mont du lac de la Hache and mont du lac Évanturel, two nearby summits. While planning, I also noticed mont du lac de l'Hirondelle in my lists and, in order to scout for the next day, I decided to go grab it on Saturday, hike which is described here.

On Sunday morning, I woke up early and Serge arrived around 06:45 after driving in from Montréal. I was already mostly packed and only needed to finish eating a quick breakfast before transferring my gear in the car. We took the road around 07:00 towards Baie-Saint-Paul. It was, like the day before, a very quiet drive where we got acquainted with each other. We made it to RTE 62 around 08:35 where many of the trucks I had seen the day before were still parked. We found a spot in the line and after getting geared up, left along the road towards ZEC des Martres' Barley gate around 8:45. There was still a well packed snowmobile trail on the forest road and it was an easy hike not requiring the snowshoes. It didn't take long before we reached the first junction where we turned left, heading north. The road followed a very straight valley in which the wind picked up slightly. The road followed easy rolling terrain with no meaningful altitude gain and we soon angled east, making it into a patch of open country. At the other end of this large logging area, the second junction towards our first goal turned left and started ascending steadily north.

We soon angled left and slowly made our way around the steeper slopes, past another logging road that I knew could be used to reach a large logging patch that did lead closer to the summit. We still decided to follow the road and when it angled north again, a very nice view of the Laurentians to our west and north opened up. I could see a yellow road sign ahead and as we got closer we noticed it advertised cell phone signal. After a short pause there, we kept going along the road but when we saw it dipping downhill and away from the summit, we diverged from my planning and went straight towards the summit, along a skidder swath. At the end of the logging patch, we had to climb up in the trees up a slight bump and then emerged in a roughly flat area. When we gained an obvious high spot, I marked it and we went a little bit further east to another slight bump where we saw the terrain only descended from there.

We then turned around after a celebratory fist bump, backtracking all the way to the road. Now with a head wind, it felt quite cold and my face quickly started stiffening up. It didn't last too long and we were back into more clement air, in the strong sun, as we neared the second junction. From there, we took a right towards lac Évanturel, going past a cabin and onto the lake ice itself. This is where mont du lac de la Hache's ascend ended and the second part of our day hike started.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1388 ft / 422 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1112 ft / 338 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.8 mi / 9.3 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Frigid, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1339 ft / 408 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 978 ft / 298 m; Extra: 361 ft / 110m
    Loss on way in:361 ft / 110 m
    Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Route:Logging roads, bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Near junction of HWY 381 and RTE 62  2365 ft / 720 m
    Time:1 Hours 53 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:751 ft / 228 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 702 ft / 214 m; Extra: 49 ft / 14m
    Gain on way out:49 ft / 14 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route:Logging roads
    End Trailhead:Lac Évanturel  2641 ft / 804 m
    Time:51 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Secteur Barley (janvier 2017)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mont du Lac de la Hache2017-01-15 a1388 ft / 423 m
2Mont du lac Évanturel2017-01-15 b1516 ft / 462 m
Total Trip Gain: 2904 ft / 885 m    Total Trip Loss: 2904 ft / 885 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Gabriel C
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