Ascent of Montagne du Midi on 2018-01-20

Climber: Gabriel C

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, January 20, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Montagne du Midi
    Elevation:3005 ft / 915 m

Ascent Trip Report

I decided to go do some hikes that weekend but since I had left the cars with Luiza in Eastman while I was away for 10 weeks on a contract in Québec, I had to rent a vehicle. I picked it up after work on Friday evening and went to bed early. I woke up around 06:30, ate quickly, and left on the road around 07:15. Traffic was light and it wasn’t long until I was on the south shore heading east on HWY 20. I took exit 337 and followed HWY 279 south. I turned left on HWY 216 at the T junction, turning right when I reached route du Massif-du-Sud. I then followed a few vehicles heading to the ski resort while I stopped at the regional park’s welcome center.

I headed inside and spoke with the clerk, paying the access fee and telling of my plans. I wanted to climb Mont du Midi and its southern peak, then head to Mont Saint-Magloire before coming back down to the trailhead. The clerk wasn’t sure if the trail would be broken for Mont Saint-Magloire as she said « no one goes there, really ». She added that they required me to be back before 16:00 or else they’d be sending people on a search. I decided to go grab Mont du Midi and then see how bad the trails were.

I left on the trail around 09:15, following a groomed ski trail at first before diving in the snowshoe trails. The footing was okay but I found the trail to meander way too much. The first part, « Les Passerelles » followed a brook very closely and crossed it three times over annoying foot bridges with steep stairs at each end. There was also a lot of unneeded up and down and following the ski trail would have been much better. After some time I smelled smoke and saw a cabin up ahead. I reached a junction where the trail for mont Chocolat went right. I went left then took another trail, « La Slousse », following the valley.

This trail was less traveled and I was walking on about 5cm of new snow. The terrain was much flatter now and it wasn’t long before I reached another junction with directions for a Yurt. I could smell the smoke so it wasn’t far, but out of sight. I went right on « Les Parois » and the trail started climbing, gradually steeper. It then reached iced up cliffs and skirted them heading back north. I was frustrated at the obvious detours this trail was taking although I can understand the appeal of sightseeing for the general public.

There was a lot of up and down throughout this section before the trail finally headed uphill in a gully. Looking at the map, I saw I could save a lot of distance on the downhill leg simply cutting across the wide open forest from this point. A short way further, I reached a junction and kept going on « Les Dryades ». From there on, it wasn’t very steep but there were numerous switchbacks along the way.

When the trail reached the flat areas near the top, it bent right and went through a big patch of blowdown. I could follow the flagging and old tracks at first but they all suddenly disappeared. I looked around for a bit before deciding to simply bushwhack my way to the road. I went wet through the trees for some time and emerged on a wide snowmobile trail. I followed it north but quickly realized it would circle around the summit. I knew there was another road going directy to the top so I backtracked and found a suitable spot to bushwhack through. I finally emerged close to the summit and made my way there.

After marking the spot in my GPS, I started south along the road towards my second goal. I followed it on the ridge until I hit the low point where the next ascent would start.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2086 ft / 635 m
    Total Elevation Loss:610 ft / 185 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.7 mi / 7.6 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2020 ft / 615 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1561 ft / 475 m; Extra: 459 ft / 139m
    Loss on way in:459 ft / 139 m
    Distance:4.1 mi / 6.6 km
    Route:Official trail system, bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Parc Régional welcome center  1444 ft / 440 m
    Time:1 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:151 ft / 46 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 85 ft / 25 m; Extra: 66 ft / 20m
    Gain on way out:66 ft / 20 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:Snowmobile trails
    End Trailhead:Low point along the summit ridge  2920 ft / 890 m
    Time:15 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Mont du Midi (Jan. 2018)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Montagne du Midi2018-01-20 a2086 ft / 636 m
2Montagne du Midi-Sommet Sud2018-01-20 b593 ft / 181 m
Total Trip Gain: 2679 ft / 817 m    Total Trip Loss: 2679 ft / 817 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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