Ascent of Montagne du Fourneau on 2017-07-06

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, July 6, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Montagne du Fourneau
    Elevation:1247 ft / 380 m

Ascent Trip Report

I came here for the HP of Parc National du Lac-Temiscouata, I ended up doing 2 peaks in the park all as per this TR.

This is a fairly new park evidenced by the new Information Center at l'Anse a Williams and the on-going infrastructure upgrade. I found the North Park Entrance "Squatec" closed as they were paving the road to the Park, so I had to take the long detour to the Southeast Park Entrance "St-Juste". I didn't see any formal stopping place so I entered the Park without paying the entry fee.
I drove north 12.4km (half of which is dirt) to a Main Road JCT with the paved road from "Squatec", where I made a left turn and continued 7.5km south to the Information Center Parking area.

MONTAGNE A FOURNEAU ... trail nb from Information Center, 5.5km loop, 160M gain, 1:30 hours RT.
The TH, signed "Montagne a Fourneau, 5.5km loop, 160M gain", is on the north side of the main parking area. The moderate smooth Trail climbs northerly (for the most part gravel chips) and is another example of what I call government largess. This is the "Sentier National" and has the familiar red/white blazes (somewhat faded).
As the trail crests at abt 2.75km, you can feel/see the high ground to the right (east) inside the rough woods. Just before this crest is "Park Sign #4", the HP is 40 meters to the north, wooded with no views. I hung a Glass-Jar-Canister with a register to a tree (47.70532,68.86191).
In checking out the area I found (by chance) the old/unused Sentier National 8 meters to the east of the HP, the odd faded blaze - its more like a swath in the woods and perhaps an easier route to the HP. I followed it south for 75 meters to where it meets up with the main trail (47.70507,-68.86105) at abt 50 meters before you get to the "Park Sign #4" - look for it on the right, its not obvious.
On the descent I stopped to chat with a very friendly couple from Richelieu, Daniel and Lucy are heavy into hiking and love visiting Quebec's Parks. They are frequent visitors to Saint-Hilaire, just like I am. As I left them Daniel shouted-out "Maybe we'll see each other at Saint-Hilaire".

MONTAGNE DE CHERT .. trail sb, 5.5km loop, 120M gain, 1:20 hours RT
From the Main Road JCT (noted above) I went south towards Entrée St-Juste for .9km to the TH parking on the left -signed "Montagne a Chert Trail, 5.5km loop, 120M gain". The trail goes right over the wooded summit (47.73962,-68.78143), no views. Beautiful open deciduous ridge.

I drove south into New Brunswick, stopped at the Information Center before continuing to Grand Falls for the night - and you don't go to Grand Falls without a visit to the Falls, unfortunately I've yet to see it at its max flow (at the spring run-off).

The Province had a major power outage in the late afternoon, lasting 6 hours and apparently stretching all the way to Moncton.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:747 ft / 227 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Route:trail nb from information center
    Trailhead:info center parking  500 ft / 152 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack

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