Ascent of Mont Bleu-Northeast Slopes on 2018-01-21
|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 ReportAfter 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|
| 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|
| 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:
Total Trip Gain: 1192 ft / 363 m Total Trip Loss: 1209 ft / 368 m
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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