Ascent of Mont Bernard on 2011-04-15

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Friday, April 15, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mont Bernard
    Elevation:472 m / 1549 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Snow/ice covered multi purpose track from northwest side ...... 3.3km, 80 minutes RT.

From the village of Bromont (I10 exit 78) we traveled south on Chemin de Gaspe for 2.7km to a left on Chemin Mississquoi which we followed to a T-junction at 1.6km, rue Irlandais is to the right and Mississquoi Nord continues to the left. We turned/climbed left (northeast) for .2km and parked the van at the start of a multi-purpose track on the right. It is posted as Trail #3 & #5 (motorized vehicles not allowed), the summit is to the southeast, this is the TH.

I followed the snow/ice covered track, as it climbs/winds generally east towards the col, at about .75km (just before the col's height-of-land) I turned right on the posted track #17 which loops counterclockwise around the west side to a height-of-land on the south side at about 1km. Track #17 continues/descends to the southeast side, an unnumbered track left/climbs a short 150M north to the summit and beyond.

A large official-looking sign names this summit "Mont Bernard, 472M", unlike goggle's map name "Mont Joie". It is an open partly rocky summit, I chose my highground at a GPS reading of 45.28081, 72.65584.
The mountain is part of a network of multi-purpose trails for the mountains of the Bromont area. Maps are available at the tourist office. It has outstanding views, the Sutton Ski Area is to the south and on a clear day Mont Royal/Montreal/St Lawrence River Valley is to the west.

I descended northeast (less than 400M) on the unnumbered wide track to the north col, back to Track #3 (at east side of col just where the Track starts its descend to the east). From this spot west to #17 its about 250M to complete the loop.

"I DREAM OF HIKING INTO MY OLD AGE." ....... but what's the definition of old age?
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:183 m / 598 ft
    Elevation Loss:183 m / 598 ft
    Distance:3.3 km / 2.1 mi
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:183 m / 598 ft
    Distance:1.9 km / 1.2 mi
    Route:multipurpose track from northwest side
    Trailhead:ch mississquoi nord  289 m / 951 ft
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:183 m / 598 ft
    Distance:1.4 km / 0.9 mi
    Route:summit to col wb to TH
    Trailhead:ch mississquoi nord  289 m / 951 ft

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