Ascent of Mont du lac Hermine on 2018-03-11

Climber: Gabriel C

Others in Party:MartinHike BushWhack
Sonia Cote
Sebastien L
Edith (Wadever) Quebec
Alexandre Roy
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, March 11, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Carpool
Peak:Mont du lac Hermine
    Elevation:3445 ft / 1050 m

Ascent Trip Report

Sébastien had planned a group hike on Sunday and our goal was mont du lac Hermine. As I was looking over the possible paths on Saturday night, I realized that it might be possible to grab mont du lac Conque at the same time. I whipped up a route and told Sébastien about it. We agreed that if we reached Hermine and it was trivial, we’d consider going to Conque.

The next morning, I woke up around 06:45, ate and geared up, then walked a few blocks where Sébastien picked me up. We drove to a meeting spot in Charlesbourg where we met the rest of the crew, Alexandre, Martin, Edith, and Sonia. Divided in two cars, we then took HWY 73/175 north. When we reached the access road that would serve as our trailhead, we found it plowed and driveable although through about 20cm of fluffy snow. We reached a wide area, where a pickup truck and trailer was parked, and stopped there.

After getting ready, we found a suitable breach in the treeline and descended towards rivière Jacques-Cartier. We immediately saw it was completely free of ice and impassable. Backtracking to the road, we headed north as Sébastien knew there was a bridge just north. Breaking trail here was very easy and the road soon merged with the national snowmobile trail where a single rider went past us, waving. We then had to follow the trail down to the river, across the bridge, and back up on the other side.

Our path followed the snowmobile trail for some time, going through several bends, before we took a left on a major junction. The trail was mostly flat in this area and we had to cover a good kilometer before we reached another junction. A large sign indicated a Native camp but we kept right, following the main forest road. It went on for some time until we reached another junction. We turned right, almost immediately climbing at a moderate grade for a few hundred meters after which it was possible to see a vast logging patch on steep slopes up ahead.

It was easy to see where we were headed and we aimed just south of a slight bump on the ridge. After reaching a good logging rut, we headed onto open ground, going up the quickly steepening slope. The view to our west over lac Jacques-Cartier and towards mont Camille-Pouliot was spectacular. Near the tope of this bump, we skirted the treeline and dashed over the ridge. We could see mont du lac Hermine now across a shallow valley.

The idea was to reach a logging trail up ahead and we had to wind our way through some sparse trees before emerging onto it. It wasn’t long until we had to go cross-country again, climbing at a moderate grade along the broad summit ridge. It was wide open and the view was amazing. Then we reached the summit, a large flat open clearing with great views north and west. While we rested and ate, we decided we could go for mont du lac Conque. It was barely half past 10 and everybody felt fresh.

Backtracking for a few hundred meters we then saw the ridge dip to the south and headed over there. After descending in a narrow gully, we skirted the treeline and then followed the logging patch to its end. There was a faint trail, flagged with pink tape, that we followed as the valley kept descending. At the bottom, we reached the end of a logging trail but instead of following it, we cut across a sparse boggy forest. Somewhere in there, we hit the low point where our second ascent would start.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1224 ft / 372 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1086 ft / 330 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.7 mi / 9.2 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1175 ft / 358 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 853 ft / 260 m; Extra: 322 ft / 98m
    Loss on way in:322 ft / 98 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Route:Forest roads, logging trails, bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:On forest road near lac Labyrinthe  2592 ft / 790 m
    Time:2 Hours 23 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:764 ft / 232 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 715 ft / 218 m; Extra: 49 ft / 14m
    Gain on way out:49 ft / 14 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Route:Logging trails, bushwhack
    End Trailhead:Marshlands between two summits  2730 ft / 832 m
    Time:1 Hours 13 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Hermine & Conque (mars 2018)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mont du lac Hermine2018-03-11 a1224 ft / 373 m
2Mont du lac Conque2018-03-11 b1449 ft / 442 m
Total Trip Gain: 2673 ft / 815 m    Total Trip Loss: 2673 ft / 815 m
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