Ascent of Station Stoneham Secteur des 40 on 2018-03-14

Climber: Gabriel C

Others in Party:MartinHike BushWhack
Sebastien L
Edith (Wadever) Quebec
Alexandre Roy
Date:Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Carpool
Peak:Station Stoneham Secteur des 40
    Elevation:1949 ft / 594 m

Ascent Trip Report

For this week’s evening hike, Sébastien’s group were doing a loop around the Stoneham ski resort. François picked me up two blocks away from my place around 18:30 and after meeting up at some office buildings just north with everyone else, we drove up HWY 73 to Stoneham. The weather wasn’t particularly great, wet snow falling over slushy ground, but as soon as we got further north, it stopped completely.

We parked at the trailhead for the trail named Boucle de la station, just north of the main parking. After gearing up, we took the trail in dimming but still present daylight. The first part of the trail skirted the rental houses, going uphill at a moderate grade. After descending in a creekbed, it started ascending steeply and steadily. Further up, as we reached a flatter area, it was getting dark and I took advantage of a break at a junction to get the headlamp out. It was only about -1°C so I also removed my softshell, gloves, and toque.

From there Martin and Alex took the lead and I was totally unable to keep their pace. I caught my breath and hitched behind François who maintained a speed that suited me perfectly. We went through a series of switchbacks until topping out where the trail followed the contours. It went through some ups and downs, reaching the top of the chairlifts. As we waited for everyone to catch up, a groomer came up the slopes, went around the area and back downhill.

After a good break, we kept going on the trail which dipped downhill steadily. We went past boulders and arrived at a flat saddle after which the slope started climbing again. It wasn’t as steep as earlier though and I was able to maintain the lead group’s pace. Now we skirted the ski slopes that are open on evenings and the floodlights were making the forest light up. Some time later we went past a side trail leading to the minor summit and its canister but kept going. A few seconds later we emerged at the top of the slopes near the ski lift where we waited for everyone to regroup.

The descent through the forest followed along a glade ski trail and although it was closed, we did encounter one snowboarder about halfway through. We crossed a closed trail, covered more ground in the forest, and then crossed the easy Laurentienne ski trail. After that we skirted it all the way to the bottom where we removed our snowshoes and followed the roads back to the trailhead.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1841 ft / 561 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1841 ft / 561 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.3 mi / 8.5 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1293 ft / 394 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1096 ft / 335 m; Extra: 197 ft / 60m
    Loss on way in:197 ft / 60 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Boucle de la Station trail
    Start Trailhead:Trail parking  853 ft / 259 m
    Time:46 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1644 ft / 501 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1096 ft / 335 m; Extra: 548 ft / 167m
    Gain on way out:548 ft / 167 m
    Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Route:Boucle de la Station trail
    End Trailhead:Trail parking  853 ft / 259 m
    Time:1 Hours 12 Minutes
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