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Ascent of Mont Hereford on 2016-07-31

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, July 31, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mont Hereford
    Location:Canada-Québec
    Elevation:868 m / 2851 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Decided to hike a Canadian mountain for my 300th different mountain hiked- 869 m Mont Hereford, via the Neil Tillotson Trail. The west end was closed, so I hiked it from Chemin de Coaticook.

The Neil Tillotson Trail started out by slinking through some open, sunny woods, then came to a junction with a 0.5 km side trail to Donat Falls. Took that to the falls overlook, then took a herd path right to the falls proper. After a good rain, it's over 40 ft. high and looks spectacular, but alas, this was not the case. Still neat to look at though.

The falls trail met back up with the NTT, then I stayed on that trail. It followed a series of brooks and river gorges for a good kilometer or so, crossed some woods roads, then intersected and followed a mountain bike trail for a short while. It then turned left off the trail and made a more moderate climb to another junction, this time with a 0.2 km spur path to a viewpoint. I took that and was pleasantly surprised at what I saw. A bench, tree trunk rails, and neat views into NH and VT.

After that 0.4 km side trip, it was 2 km to the summit. The trail made a steeper climb, dropped down about 100 ft. in elevation, then made a steep and rocky climb to the open summit area. The trail didn't officially touch the summit, but I reached it by a 0.1 km side path (sign: "Sommet"). Eventually, I reached the 2,851 ft. top, which was marked with a memorial plaque for Mr. Tillotson.

The summit was open, but there was a cell tower and auto road on the top, which one can use to drive to the summit. (The latter may have been closed due to the mountain bike race.) The views were Monadnock-like since Mt. Hereford is the highest point for miles, and therefore there isn't much else close by for mountains in general, but if you look out, there are some neat views to be had. Oh yea, and I found some poutine scraps someone left on the top. Vive la Québec.

After about 15-20 min. or so, I headed back down, and besides dodging mountain bikers, I made good time back to the trailhead. Took my closing clip, packed up the car, and headed back to the US border station, taking some pics of road signs en route. Sailed right through customs, then made the drive back home.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:487 m / 1600 ft
    Distance:12.2 km / 7.6 mi
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:457 m / 1500 ft
    Distance:6.5 km / 4 mi
    Route:Sentier Neil Tillotson
    Trailhead:Chemin de Coaticook  411 m / 1351 ft
Descent Statistics
    Extra Gain:30 m / 100 ft
    Distance:5.7 km / 3.5 mi
    Route:Sentier Neil Tillotson
    Trailhead:Chemin de Coaticook  



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