Ascent of Shawinigan High Point on 2012-06-06
|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 ReportA 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.
"ME THINKS THAT THE MOMENT MY LEGS BEGIN TO MOVE, MY THOUGHTS BEGIN TO FLOW." ......... Henry David Thoreau
|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|
| Time Up:||2 Hours 30 Minutes|
| Time Down:||2 Hours 15 Minutes|
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