Ascent of Mont du ruisseau des Montagnes Blanches on 2017-06-03

Climber: Gabriel C

Others in Party:Serge Massad
Pierre Lefebvre
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, June 3, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mont du ruisseau des Montagnes Blanches
    Elevation:3314 ft / 1010 m

Ascent Trip Report

Following the ascent on mont du lac Roméo, we drove back down to the logging road on a rough logging trail. At the bottom, we turned left and it was less than a kilometer before we saw the next junction where we took a left. The trail was better than the previous one although Pierre's Wrangler was needed for this. We went all the way to the dead end and turned around before parking. We observed the mountain in front of us and the slope was steep. We could see some rocky bands in places and expected a tough going.

We left on a logging rut that continued past the dead end, heading south. It quickly disappeared into regrowth and we were left bushwhacking in quite dense vegetation. When we reached higher trees, we angled west, heading for the mountain. The terrain was still flat and we crossed a wet snowy mess through a marsh. On the other side, we quickly reached the bottom of the ridge where it became very steep almost immediately. We had to route-find our way past near-vertical rock faces capped with thick slippery moss, using trees as handholds almost constantly.

As we gained elevation, the the slope gradually lessened until we arrived topside. The vegetation was slightly sparser here and we were able to visually navigate to a high point where, after wandering around, we decided it was the summit. There was no real view here although we had some openings to the east on the ascent from where mont du lac Roméo's rocky outcrops were visible. We started downhill after a few minutes, generally following our inbound path down the steep ledges. At the bottom, I was in front and decided to head directly towards the trailhead. I hit some wetter ground than on the way in and then tried to veer slightly right, overcorrecting and starting in the complete opposite direction. When I noticed that, I went back north and reached the regrown logging rut.

From there, we crossed the last few hundred feet to the Jeep and hopped back in to make our way to the third trailhead in this area. All considered, this was a nice different ascent - a forest scramble - and that's a bit unusual. It would be possible to follow the ridge where it comes close to the logging trail just to the north of our trailhead, but it would simply make the bushwhack longer. I think it's simpler to use the path we traced.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:506 ft / 154 m
    Total Elevation Loss:506 ft / 154 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.9 mi / 1.5 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:483 ft / 147 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 476 ft / 145 m; Extra: 7 ft / 2m
    Loss on way in:7 ft / 2 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.7 km
    Route:Logging trail, bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Along logging road  2838 ft / 865 m
    Time:35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:499 ft / 152 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 476 ft / 145 m; Extra: 23 ft / 7m
    Gain on way out:23 ft / 7 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Logging trail, bushwhack
    End Trailhead:Along logging road  2838 ft / 865 m
    Time:30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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