Ascent of Shawinigan High Point on 2012-06-06

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Date:Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Shawinigan High Point
    Elevation:459 m / 1509 ft

Ascent Trip Report

A trail and bushwack northbound from Le Passage parking ..... 14.8km, 5h25 hours RT including breaks and summit search.

I entered "La Mauricie National Park" yesterday afternoon (after summiting Maskinonge CoHP in the "Reserve Faunique de Mastigouche") at Accueil Saint-Mathieu 12km north of Saint-Mathieu-du-Parc. I got a campsite at the Mastigance Campground.

This morning I drove the beautiful Park Promenade north 28km to the large parking at Le Passage. After taking-in the outstanding overlooks I left the TH at the north end of the parking on the Vieux-Brulis Trail. At 2.1km I came to the intersection with the Laurentien Trail on the left ..... it is signed "Ferme/Closed" (apparently closed due to a lot blowdown from past storms). I ignored the sign.

I followed the Laurentien trail northerly for 4.3km, as it drops to the south end of Lac Reid, crosses the Lac Houle Riviere on a steel bridge and climbs to the intersection with the spur trail to Lac Jodon at 420M (this is 6.4km from the TH). This intersection was the start of my bushwack to the summit, located at 345 degree compass, at about 1km.
Overall I found the Laurentien Trail to be in good condition .... very little blowdown, some short sections are starting to be overgrown, the frequent blue/white blazes and all of the trail signs are still in place.

I followed the Laurentien Trail 50m north before starting my bushwack in fairly-open/mixed woods, with some wet/boggy and dense undergrowth areas. Not difficult. Some dense/young spruce in the summit areas made for tough going. I had to go around/stomp the area before choosing my spot at GPS 46.80502,-73.06824. I hung a (plastic jar) Canister with a Register.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:495 m / 1629 ft
    Extra Gain:213 m / 700 ft
    Distance:14.8 km / 9.2 mi
    Route:tr/bushwack nb from le passage
    Trailhead:TH Kiosk at Le Passage parking  390 m / 1280 ft
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Hours 15 Minutes

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