Ascent of Mont Bleu on 2010-09-11

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Saturday, September 11, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mont Bleu
    Elevation:249 m / 817 ft

Ascent Trip Report

An easy dirt road ascent from the south side sand quarry...... 2.8km, 1 hour RT.

Rose and I found our way to Hwy #344 in Saint-Eustache and drove west through Oka to Kanasatake, going directly to the Mohawk Council of Kanasatake Offices (telephone #450 479 8373), for permission to access Mont Bleu (which is on Indian land). Being Saturday it was closed so we asked around for the name/location of the Grand Chief and after numerous contacts finally got directed to Paul Nicolas at his house. The nice gentleman gave me the necessary permission, stressing not to damage the environment and not to remove anything.

From the The Mohawk Council Office we traveled westbound on Hwy #344 for 1km to a right turn on Rang Saint Germaine, then northwest for 3km to a left on Rang St. Ambroise (northwest direction, the summit can be seen straight ahead). At .9km the paved Rang makes a sharp right, straight ahead to the left is a gated dirt road with a white sign "No Trespassing, Mohawk Territory". We drove west on the dirt road through an abandoned sand quarry and at .6km, the other end of the quarry, parked the car (the road continues west). This was my TH, however the TH would/should be at Rang St. Ambroise if the gate is closed, it might be wise to start there anyway since the gate could be closed while you are on the mountain.

From my TH the summit is west of north, so I walked/continued west on the dirt road looking for a good place to enter the woods for my bushwack to the summit. At about 100M on my right I found the start of a dirt track heading/climbing northwest (luck always seems to follow me). I decided to follow it since it was going in my general direction, at about 500M the very moderate track makes a tight switchback to the northeast. That was ok since I knew I went too far west of the summit and also the track was still climbing.
To my surprise this track brought me straight to the summit of Mont Bleu, about 1.4km from my TH ..... I must note that when I got home I went to "Google Earth" and it clearly shows this track.

The road actually ends at a turn around with its center contending for the Highpoint (my GPS read 45.51460,74.11394). The only and great view towards Lac des Deux Montagnes to the south is from here.
The other and what I guess to be the highest point is about 100 feet before the turnaround to the left, a wooded area. My coordinates here read 45.51472,74.11436. Both readings are close to that of PB, unfortunately my elevation readings are very erratic.

I returned the same way after making a failed attempt to Mont Bleu- Northwest Slope, Highest point of Mirabel County ... see its TR. I should note that from my study the easiest route to the Mirabel Highpoint is over Mont Bleu.

NB: As noted above do not forget to get permission to enter Indian Land.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:129 m / 423 ft
    Distance:2.8 km / 1.7 mi
    Route: woods track from south side rang st. ambroise
    Trailhead:rang st ambroise  120 m / 394 ft
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail

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