Ascent of Colline Simoncouche on 2018-05-05

Climber: Gabriel C

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, May 5, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Colline Simoncouche
    Elevation:1407 ft / 428 m

Ascent Trip Report

Having driven to Québec on Friday evening for a birthday party, I spent the night at Laurent's place. I woke up around 07:00 and was on the road 15 minutes later. The plan was to explore the roads in réserve faunique des Laurentides. I had seen a few that were plowed all winter and maybe it would be possible to get away from HWY 175 early this spring. When I reached RTE 16 just south of l'Étape, I had to go about a kilometer on it before I encountered logging machines. The surface was terribly damaged and I soon realized I had to turn back.

I didn't have much more hope for RTE 163 so I decided I'd drive up north to another MRC high point. In l'Étape, I did some quick and dirty research on my phone and took the road again. After a long drive, I reached lac des Îlets and started looking for the correct junction. It wasn't hidden so I was able to turn right on chemin du lac du Bois Joli, climbing slightly. At the bend near the lake I stumbled into a large washout followed by a big ice patch. I did a 8-point turn on the super narrow road and backtracked to a fork where I parked.

After changing into my hiking gear, I took off heading east on the road. It was an easy hike and after a few minutes I reached the junction towards the aerial. There was still some snow and I had to put the snowshoes on. It wasn't great as the snow disappeared in many places. At some point I removed them again and lived with the occasional shallow postholing. When I reached the aerial, I saw it was very flat all around and tried to find the highest spot. I settled for a marshy patch behind the installation and marked it in the GPS.

I then backtracked downhill, getting my feet somewhat wet from the slushy snow, all the way to the road where I turned left and headed to my trailhead. It was a quite boring and uneventful hike.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:501 ft / 151 m
    Extra Gain:121 ft / 36 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.1 mi / 5.1 km
    Route:Road hike, bushwhack
    Trailhead:Side trail on chemin du lac du Bois Joli  1148 ft / 349 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Time:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:26 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Gabriel C
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