Ascent of Mont de la Rivière Noire on 2010-11-21

Climber: Gabriel Couët

Date:Sunday, November 21, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Carpool
Peak:Mont de la Rivière Noire
    Elevation:1043 m / 3422 ft

Ascent Trip Report

I had decided to use some days off work to go bag a couple peaks in the Laurentians. I made plans for 4 days out in the forest and a potential of 5 summits. My itinerary was set and I packed my gear two days beforehand. The weather forecast was okay, but in the last days before my departure, Tuesday went from a below freezing snowfall to above and rain. I packed my rain gear without changing my plans.

On Sunday morning, I woke up at 6:30am to get ready. I was boarding a bus at 8:00am towards Forêt Montmorency. Around 8:50am, the bus dropped me at the junction off highway 175 and route 33. I started hiking right away towards the main pavilion where I registered and paid for the day access. I was only going to pass through and camp outside of their land. There was about 10cm of snow cover everywhere, but the lake's ice wasn't thick enough so that we can shortcut over it so I had to take one of the circling trails. I hooked up with the main trail to the Chute de la rivière Noire hut and couldn't take the shortcut over rivière Montmorency, again because it isn't frozen yet. I passed the Draveurs bridge and made my way back to the trail. After the initial climb to about 800m, the snow cover got thicker and it was quite agreeable. As the going started back to descend, I heard voices in front of me and behold, a couple was heading my way. They were Australians that spent the last two night at the hut and were amazed at the surprise snow they got. We chatted for a while before I kept going. I soon got to the hut where I took some pictures and ate some snacks.

I didn't want to linger there so I resumed my hike past the bridge over the river and on the hut access road. From here, I was hiking in ATV tracks. It was relatively easy, but I would have liked to have my snowshoes for the added stability.I tried to find the shortcut to Route 33 but it seemed too messy so I kept going on the road until I hit the intersection. I turned right on Route 33 and a few hundred meters later, turned on Route 34 towards lacs Malin and Morency. From here it was a constant uphill that was rendered a little bit strenuous by the lack of traction.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:978 m / 3209 ft
    Elevation Loss:978 m / 3209 ft
    Distance:34.2 km / 21.3 mi
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
Blue skies with occasional thin clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:563 m / 1847 ft
    Extra Loss:314 m / 1033 ft
    Distance:13.4 km / 8.3 mi
    Route:Marked trail, road hike, bushwhack in regrown trai
    Trailhead:Junction of Route 33 and HWY 175  794 m / 2608 ft
    Time Up:4 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:664 m / 2176 ft
    Extra Gain:415 m / 1362 ft
    Distance:20.9 km / 13 mi
    Route:Marked trail, road hike, bushwhack in regrown trai
    Trailhead:Junction of Route 33 and HWY 175  794 m / 2608 ft
    Time Down:6 Hours 45 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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