Ascent Trip Report
I was going to return to Québec that day after spending the weekend in Eastman and after Luiza left for work, I got ready quickly for the three goals I had set for the day. I wasn't excited much as it was grey and rainy outside, but I wanted to climb a few Montérégiennes anyway and knew it wouldn't involve any bushwhack. I drove off towards Montreal on HWY 10, taking exit 37 and heading south on HWY 227. After a few kilometers, I took a right on rang de la Montagne, following it to chemin du Sous-Bois, turning right. I reached the welcome center for CIME Haut-Richelieu where I bought an access and checked the small trail map. There were a few cars in the parking - hikers on the mountain - and the rain had subsided to a very light drizzle.
I put my shell and backpack on, taking Le Panorama trail. The first section followed a gentle path through the forest, not gaining much elevation, before reaching a more rocky slope where the trail meandered uphill at an increasingly steep angle. All along the way, I took brief pauses to read informative plaques. When I got to a boulder field, stairs appeared and I emerged on a rocky ledge where remants of the past quarrying operation were visible. I kept going and, as the vegetation shrinked, I gained the remaining elevation, emerging on the summit rocks. At the summit, I took a quick look around but started downhill almost right away. I had no view and I wanted to escape the drizzle.
On the way down, I met two or three hikers going up and passed two ladies on the flat section near the bottom. When I got back to the car, I dumped my gear in the back and looked at the directions towards my second objective, mont Rougemont.