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Ascent of D'Autray High Point on 2012-05-26

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose.
Date:Saturday, May 26, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:D'Autray High Point
    Location:Canada-Québec
    Elevation:547 m / 1795 ft

Ascent Trip Report

An easy-moderate road/track/bushwack northwesterly ..... 9.4km, 3h15 hour RT.

This CoHP is located at the north end of the County in the "Reserve Faunique Mastigouche", with its south side Entrance at Accueil Catherine north of Mandeville.
To get to the TH inside the Reserve we traveled up from the south, Berthierville, Hwy 40, exit 144 (east of Montreal). We drove north (#158/347) for 30km to Saint-Gabriel and then 10km (following signs) to Mandeville and the corner of Rue Desjardins/Saint-Charles-Borromee ..... Post office and large sign "Reserve Faunique Mastigouche" on the corner, we zeroed our odo.

(00.0) Turned left (north) on Saint-Charles-Borromee which soon becomes Rang Mastigouche.
(03.2) Stayed left at fork and cross over Mastigouche River.
(06.9) Cross Mastigouche River again, further-on road changes name to Chemin du Parc (didn't see sign).
(11.0) Crossed a secondary river and stayed right on the signed Chemin du Parc.
(17.6) Arrived at "Reserve Faunique Mastigouche, Accueil Catherine", payed 11$ vehicle entrance fee.
(22.2) Arrived main intersection, stayed right on #2 Nord .... sign points the way "Lac au Violin".
(25.3) Arrived at north end of Lac Joe, a lesser dirt road to the left leads to "Refuge Lac Joe" at 200 Meters. We parked at this corner this was my TH, GPS 46.51128,-73.37687.

From the TH I started out walking on the dirt road in a general 340 degree compass direction, at 100 meters stayed right at the first fork (left leads to Refuge Joe), at another 400 meters stayed right again at the second fork for lac Bidou. The road continues/winds somewhat with a number of wet/muddy short sections, easy going.
At about 3km from the TH I came upon the resemblance of a fork, GPS 46.52515,-73.41151 ..... a faint fork to the right has an orange sign "Station Permanente Observation, ref #632.22", the main road continues left, which I followed (by mistake) for about 1km to its end at Lac Bidou, a row boat in the area. After orientating myself I realized the error, so I returned to this fork.

I followed the right fork, an overgrown/little used track, going more or less in the same 340 degree direction (signs showing this as a winter ski trail). Easy to follow/going, some wet spots. At about 1.2km the track more or less ends at a small open area, my GPS 46.53192,-73.41975. This was the start of my bushwack.

I bushwacked right of compass north, always looking/following the easy way, directly to the fairly obvious HP area at about half a kilometer. The mixed woods on a moderately steep slope are fairly open, some undergrowth in the summit area, a moderate bushwack.
After checking out the area I chose my HP at GPS 46.53498,-73.41861. I hung a plastic canister c/w a register on a small tree.

"THE COLOR OF SPRING IS IN THE FLOWERS, WHEREAS THE COLOR OF WINTER IS IN THE IMAGINATION."

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:163 m / 535 ft
    Distance:9.4 km / 5.8 mi
    Route: rd/track nwb + bushwack nb from parc rd
    Trailhead:parc road #2 nord  384 m / 1260 ft
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 10 Minutes



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