Ascent of Mont Bleu-Northeast Slopes on 2018-01-21

Climber: Gabriel C

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, January 21, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mont Bleu-Northeast Slopes
    Elevation:2150 ft / 655 m

Ascent Trip Report

After the climb on mont Fournier further west, I drove on HWY 20 eastward and took exit 488. Now heading south on HWY 289, I stopped near Domaine des Quatre Saisons to make sure I wouldn't drive past my trailhead. I finally reached the junction for chemin du mont Bleu and saw it was one of those characteristic forest roads, widened for loggin operations. There was a gatehouse just uphill from the junction and even though the gate was open and the road plowed, I chose to park here. After gearing up, I started on the hard packed snow surface with the snowhoes still strapped on my pack.

It was a very easy hike and the grade was gentle. A few hundred meters in, two snowmobiles headed downhill went past. A quite large worked maple grove was located on the north side and the driveway to the shack was plowed. I didn't see anyone around though and the two snowmobiles would be the only people I'd see for the whole hike. After roughly two kilometers, I reached a second gate at a Y junction. It was open and I wondered if I could have driven almost all the way up.

The slope steepened slightly from there on and, after a while, I reached a slight plateau where I went by a plowed driveway on the right. Just after that I could see a vast marsh and a huge log cabin on lac Simard's shore. Past the lake, the road started climbing again and went through a wide switchback where it traversed mont Bleu's final hill. I saw a snowmobile track following the electric poles that cut short of the switchback and decided following it on the way down would probably be viable. Up ahead, I followed some tracks that cut short of the next switchback and then headed up along the windswept ridge. It was quite gusty and I knew the way back would be very cold from that headwind.

Going past a gate for the first aerial where the plowed road stopped, I followed some snowmobile tracks to the second antenna. There, I put my snowshoes on and circled around the fenced area to the high point on the other side. After marking the spot in my GPS, I backtracked slightly and prepared to descend in the cleared support cable swath to grab the MRC highpoint just below.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:998 ft / 304 m
    Total Elevation Loss:161 ft / 48 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:998 ft / 304 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 854 ft / 260 m; Extra: 144 ft / 43m
    Loss on way in:144 ft / 43 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:Comm towers access trail
    Start Trailhead:First gate on chemin du mont Bleu  1296 ft / 395 m
    Time:1 Hours 13 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:17 ft / 5 m
    Distance:0 mi / 0 km
    Route:Glade on the southeast slopes
    End Trailhead:Southeast slope point  2133 ft / 650 m
    Time:4 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Mont Bleu (Jan. 2018)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mont Bleu-Northeast Slopes2018-01-21 b998 ft / 304 m
2Mont Bleu-Northeast Slopes2018-01-21 c194 ft / 59 m
Total Trip Gain: 1192 ft / 363 m    Total Trip Loss: 1209 ft / 368 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Gabriel C
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