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Ascent of La Rivière-du-Nord High Point on 2010-12-05

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
met Catherine at lookout.
Date:Sunday, December 5, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:La Rivière-du-Nord High Point
    Location:Canada-Québec
    Elevation:428 m / 1407 ft

Ascent Trip Report

A woods road and bushwack from east end of Lac en Coeur to the main summit and the 4 alternatives...... 4.4km, 1h40 hours RT.

From Montreal travel north on 15 to exit 45 at Saint-Jerome, then north on 333 to Saint-Hippolyte. At the flashing light with the church on the corner turn left on Rue Hauteurs and continue 3.9km to a right turn on Lac-du-Pin-Rouge then 2.8km to a right turn on Lac-En-Couer (along the north shore of the lake). Drive 1.3km to 560ieme Avenue on the left, a rough dirt road, park at this corner this is the TH.

The main summit and the 4 alternatives are on the east/west ridge that forms the north side of Lac-en-Coeur, the south side slope of the ridge is very steep and rocky, cliff like. The whole lake shore is private property and the best access that I could find is from the east end at the 560ieme Avenue.

From the TH I walked 560ieme Avenue (east/north) 350 meters to a height-of-land ..... 560ieme continues straight ahead, on the left is a wide woods track that heads west to the other 4 alternate highpoints. I turned right and bushwacked east up to PB'S main summit at about 150 meters (or 500 meters from the TH). There was 4-6 centimeters of snow on the frozen ground making for slippery conditions so I tied on my mini-crampons.
The high ground is obvious, 3 spots 30 feet apart vie for the highpoint, I picked the center one with a GPS reading of 45.97258, 73.99773 (exactly as PB), I added an orange flag tape.

I returned back down to 560 and continued west on the woods track towards the east/west ridge and the other 4 alternatives, following fresh boot tracks. At 100 meters I stayed left at fork "A" (I would come back from the right) still with the boot tracks. At a very short distance and another fork I met the boot tracks coming back down, they belonged to Catherine, works in Montreal but comes here often for recreation. She told me that at 30 meters was the only and best lookout on this ridge, after chatting a bit she came back up to show me the view. Montreal is visible to the south. I photographed her with Montreal in the distance.

From the lookout we parted ways and I continued west on the ridge loosing the track and starting my bushwack. I went to the 4 different alternatives with fairly easy going (all within 200 meters of each other), open woods and good footing and always looking for the high ground, had to negotiate a few ledges.
My GPS at the first-west alternative read 45.97277, 74.00923 (about .9km from 560 or 1.25km from the TH), at the second-west it read 45.97254, 74.01203 ..... battery ran out by the time I got to the third, I have to look into a replacement battery.
I find visiting these alternative highpoints a mindless exercise, a waste of time, since I have no way of measuring exact elevation. In today's outing however I can say for sure that the third-west alternative ( the furthest north one) is definitely much lower than the others and PB should remove it from the list. I added orange flag tape and I forget if it was at the second or at the fourth .... a few posted signs read "trespassers will be shot and when dead will be shot again". Nice friendly people for sure.

When I got to the fourth-west summit (furthest west) I continued west to a super lookout at the west-end of the ridge, at a vertical drop (from here you can't see Montreal). My original plan was to descend on this side and walk the road back to the TH. There was private land ahead so I decided against it.
A very good trail came up from the northeast to this lookout, I decided to look for an easier way back so I followed this trail for a short distance where it met up with a woods track, running generally east/west. I turned right (west), the track stayed below the summit ridge, dropped somewhat finally going back up to fork "A" and 560ieme Avenue at the height-of-land,. I estimate the distance from the west-end lookout to 560 at 1.7km.

We left home this morning somewhat concerned, the forecast had called for 1-2 centimeters of snow .... we didn't get one flake. I just love bushwacking in open woods with a thin cover of snow. A very beautiful part of our province.

"HOW BEAUTIFUL ON THE MOUNTAINS ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS."
I picked up this saying in a bar while on the Pennine way, England, May 1991.


Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:177 m / 587 ft
    Extra Gain:49 m / 164 ft
    Distance:4.4 km / 2.7 mi
    Route:woods road/bushwack from 560ieme avenue
    Trailhead:lac-en-coeur at 560ieme avenue  349 m / 1148 ft
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Overcast
4-6 centimeter of snow on the ground



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