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Ascent of Mont du lac Meikle on 2017-10-21

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, October 21, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mont du lac Meikle
    Location:Canada-Québec
    Elevation:1886 ft / 574 m

Ascent Trip Report

I should first enter some historical back ground to the COHP. Earlier this year 2017 Gabriel Couet did a major study of the Quebec COHPs elevations, and as a result Greg Slayden revised the PB data base in July 2017 to reflect Gabriel's study. A whole bunch of COHPs lost their status and new COHPs chosen - MRCG Pontiac being one of them. The old Pontiac COHP, now named "Pic 1800", was replaced by "Mont du lac Meikle" (1886' elevation).
I made 2 visits to this COHP all as per this TR.
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VISIT #1 DATED 2017-07-27 .... a scouting visit.
This is day 2 of my 7 day (unsuccessful !!!!) trip to Northern Ontario (Ishpatina Ridge North).

The plan for this visit was to only check-out the road condition to the Pontiac COHP for a future trip. I went to the offices of the both Zecs in the area - the Zec Pontiac office in Gracefield, and the Zec Bras-Coupe-Desert office in Maniwaki. I picked up a 3$ map for Zec Pontiac.
I thought best to enter a TR with my acquired information in my PB account, for my fellow County Highpointer colleges.

The take aways from the Zec Offices:
1) The best main road to the Pontiac HP (Mont du Lac Meikle) is from Maniwaki on the east-west Maniwaki/Temiscamingue Road at about 75km west (as the crow flies), apparently a good 2 lane road used by speeding truckers.
2) This westbound main road goes through the Zec-Bras-Coupe-Desert before it gets to the Zec Pontiac. The registration office for Zec Bras-Coupe-Desert is at its eastern side "Accueil Tortue", which also serves the Zec Pontiac.
3) Drive west to KM59 where a good logging road heads northerly towards the HP.
The HP is to the left-of-east of here, perhaps 7km. The Map shows a road winding northeasterly/east and getting close to the HP. Zec Pontiac was not able to tell me the condition of this logging road but thought it could be driven perhaps 3-4km. The satellite imagery shows a road hike to within 400 meters of the HP
Even if I had to park at the main road (KM 59) this route appears to be the best one available.

The Driving Directions to the "Accueil Tortue" are as follows.
From the bridge over the Riviere Desert in Maniwaki go north on #105 for .5km to a left turn at the stop light for Chemin Henri Bourassa, followed by an immediate right turn on Principale Nord, .8km north turn left at T-JCT on Chemin Montcerf, sign "Zec Pontiac Accueil Tortue" points the way.
Montcerf heads west/north 9.0km to a Main Fork - Montcerf continues right, a left on Chemin del d'Aigle heads west 7.5km to the Accueil Tortue (sign in and pay the Pontiac entry fee).
The main road "Rang 2" westbound to KM59 has KM Markers, with "KM 0" at the Accueil.

After this visit I continued driving north to Mont Bell for the first and only hike of the day.
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VISIT #2 DATED 2017-10-21 .... successful road/wack, 8.6km, 540 foot gain, 2:30 hours RT.
The worst part of this COHP is the 156km RT rough dirt and broken-pavement drive.

Rose and I came up for an overnight stay in the Zec Pontiac. We found our way to "Accueil Tortue", paid our entrance fees (car entry 15$, camping 11$) and drove west to the TH all as per following.

KM00 ... zeroed our odo at Accueil Tortue and headed westbound on "Rang 2".
KM31.6 ... Lac David camping on the left (we overnighted here).
KM33 ... main JCT, stayed straight (right), entrance to Zec Pontiac.
KM49(?) ... secondary road on right with sign "Lac Barton". The map shows this road winding north perhaps 8-10km to Lac Barton with signs of camping/boating. I should note that the road was a bit rougher past here.
KM59 ... logging road on right signed #F-G1054, route to the TH.

We slowly drove the logging road (as it winds northerly, staying right at last main JCT) to a T-JCT at 2.6km and parked. This was our TH (46.60024,-76.72054).
We could have driven another 1.3km if not for a bad spot 200 meters ahead. The road to here had some rough-sandy-risky-spots due to recent maintenance work, had to get out to level a few spots (could get better as it gets packed down).

I hiked the road southeast 3.5km to a small clearing with a wooden deck at ground level and an outhouse (46.58769,-76.68466) (stayed right at fork at .9km, also as noted above could be driven for another 1.3km if not for the bad spot). The last part of this road is an unused-narrow-road).

From the clearing I took the obscure-badly overgrown-road (has a small herd path) north for .4km to a height-of-land (46.58995,-76.68349), then bushwacked northwest 400 meters directly to the obvious HP. Nice open/bare deciduous woods with hardly any underbrush except at the actual HP where there is some brush. All the leaves on the ground, my favorite time for the woods. No views.

I hung a Glass Jar Canister.

Once back to the TH, I cleaned up and drove back to the sandy Lac David camping area for the night - a beautiful lake with a sandy beach. Numerous year-round winterized trailers, few campers still there.
Tomorrow we will take in the Papineau COHP.


"THE AUTUMN SEASON INVITES THE NEMOPHILIST TO CAREFREE RAVEL IN ITS SPLENDOR, TURNS THE FOREST INTO DISROBED TREES, DANCING/SWIRLING LEAVES CASCADING IN THE WIND.
I SEE THE NAKED FOREST, THE UNDULATING SLOPES, AND THE KALEIDOSCOPE OF VIBRANT COLORS BLANKETING THE FLOOR. WARMED BY THE SUN RAYS. THE WOODSY FRAGRANCE. ALL OVERWHELMING MY SENSES.
THE RUSTLING/CRACKLING SOUND AS I BUSHWACK THIS SPLENDOR FUELS MY PASSION." ......... lostraccoism





Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:536 ft / 163 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.3 mi / 8.6 km
    Route:road/wack from logging road
    Trailhead:logging road N of KM59  1350 ft / 411 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack



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