Ascent of Mont du lac Écho on 2017-10-22

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, October 22, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mont du lac Écho
    Elevation:1732 ft / 527 m

Ascent Trip Report

I am first entering some historical back ground to Papineau 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 Papineau being one of them. The old Papineau COHP, "Mont Grand Pic" (see its TR), was replaced by "Mont du lac Echo" per this TR.

A woods road and a wack eastbound ...... 6.8km, 230 meter gain, 2.30 hours RT including the time spent stomping the summit.

After overnighting at camping Lac David in the Zec Pontiac we found our way the town of Val-des-Bois and went to the offices of Reserve Faunique de Papineau-Labelle, and paid the 9.25$ car entry fee.
The attendant said that Chemin Blanchard is not an official entrance to the Reserve and that its gated and didn't know where it went. The only way to get to Lac Echo is from the Saint-Denis entrance. We would later learn that the ground conditions told us otherwise.
There is a 19km, nicely marked, maintained trail "Sentier de l'Albatros" from Val-des-Bois to Lac Echo. She gave me the trail maps. We later noted that this trail is blazed "white/red" which are the TransCanada trail colors.

From Val-des-Bois, JCT Hwy #307/309, we went north on #309 for 2.5km to Chemin Blanchard on the right, we zeroed our odo.
0.0km ... left Hwy #309 eastbound on Chemin Blanchard, which has KM Markers that go to Lac Echo (our driving route), in fact further up the road there is a sign "Lac Echo 13km", also it meets up with "Sentier de l'Albatros".
2.6km ... past through open gate. This could be a problem and would have to be the TH if locked. Just ahead "Sentier de l"Albatros" meets-up/follows Chemin Blanchard, evidenced by the "white/red" blazes.
4.2km ... signed entrance "Reserve Faunique de Papineau-Labelle".
5.0km ... main JCT with bunch of signs, sand pit to the left. We turned left, northbound.
6.2km ... stayed right at main fork, which is the continuation of "Sentier de l'Albatros".
7.6km ... parked on road side (45.91335,-75.51984). On the right is an old woods road heading east, my hiking route.

I hiked the unused woods road easterly (at 200 meters stayed left at fork) for 2.4km to a crest with a small clearing, I added a rock cairn (45.91387,-75.50435). Then bushwacked a 70 degree compass line abt 1km to the summit area. Mostly a moderately steep slope, open deciduous woods with most of the leaves on the ground, a few short rough areas with some heavy downfall.

A huge summit area with numerous contending bumps that needed to be checked out. I spent 20-30 minutes eye-leveling the different bumps that best I could but nothing definite. I finally chose my HP at a large/tall tree with an old track going over it, GPS 45.91726,-75.49828). I hung a Glass-Jar-Canister.
I backtracked to the TH in 40 minutes.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:760 ft / 230 m
    Extra Gain:39 ft / 11 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:road/wack eb from Chemin lac Echo
    Trailhead:chemin lac echo KM7.6  1050 ft / 320 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:40 Minutes

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