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Ascent of Mont Césaire on 2017-10-27

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, October 27, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mont Césaire
    Location:Canada
    Elevation:1558 ft / 474 m

Ascent Trip Report

CCW Loop Hike on trails, herd paths, and bushwack over 3 summits .. 2.4km, 180 meter gain, 1:20 hrs RT.

For this second hike of the day in the Laurentiens I did a loop hike over 3 small hills (all with short hikes). This whole area has a large network of signed xcountry trails.

From AutoRoute 15 exit 86, we went south on #117 for 5.1km to a left turn on Rue de L'Eglise (Val David), 2.1km north turned right on Rue du Mont Cesaire, .5km east road makes a right turn (straight ahead a new driveway heads east to a house under construction), we parked here.

I walked east on the new driveway 50 meters and found a trail on the right that enters the woods and climbs southeast a short distance to a xcountry trail JCT, where an old ski run #9 (with herd path) continues/climbs very steeply southeast 350 meters to the summit of MONT PLANTE (46.03963,-74.19006, elev 1500') - obvious a large rock outcrop capped with the remains of the steel structure of a ski lift station, some views. A number of trails come up from different directions.

I bushwacked/descended south 100 meters to the col with Mont Cesaire, where xcountry trails head in different directions. I picked-up a ski trail that continues/climbs south 200 meters to the summit of MONT CESAIRE (46.03787,-74.19142) - obvious to one side of at a large erratic rock, added a rock cairn, no views. On the way up I past the sign "Park Regional de Val David-Val Morin". The ski trail continues to the south.

I backtracked to the Cesaire/Plante col and picked up ski trail #15 eastbound for 200 meters to the boggy Plante/Therien col, then bushwacked west 300 meters to the wooded summit of MONT THERIEN - SUD-OUEST (46.03953,-74.18539, elev 1500') - obvious at 2 small erratic rocks with a rock cairn, limited views.

I backtracked to the col, then descended steeply on ski trail #9 (north then west) .7km to the TH.

After this hike we visited 3 other small peaks before stopping in at Saint Adele to do some shopping. On the drive home we again stopped at 5 guys (A5, exit 41) for Cajun-spiced fries.
This may be this year's last autumn trip to the Laurentians.

"WE DON'T STOP CLIMBING BECAUSE WE GROW OLD ... WE GROW OLD BECAUSE WE STOP CLIMBING."



Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:65 ft / 19 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:65 ft / 19 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.4 km
    Route:whack/trail sb from mont plante
    Start Trailhead:Mont Plante  1493 ft / 455 m
Descent Statistics
    Route:trail whack eb to mont therien -sudouest
Ascent Part of Trip: cesaire

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Mont Plante2017-10-27 b443 ft / 135 m
2Mont Césaire2017-10-27 c65 ft / 20 m
3Mont Therien-Sommet Sud-Ouest2017-10-27 d65 ft / 20 m
Total Trip Gain: 573 ft / 175 m    Total Trip Loss: 394 ft / 120 m



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