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Ascent of Pic Dubuc on 2009-06-29

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Date:Monday, June 29, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pic Dubuc
    Location:Canada-Québec
    Elevation:979 m / 3215 ft

Ascent Trip Report

This TR covers my today's 2 hikes in the "Massif de Monts-Valin" inside the Parc National des Monts-Valin north of Chicoutimi. Massif de Monts-Valin is made up of numerous peaks such as Pic Dubuc the highest at 980 meters, Pic Bellevue, Pic de la Hutte, etc ........ none of which are called Mont Valin by the Park authorities.

ACCESS TO THE PARK is from route #172 on the north side of the Saguenay river, east of Chicoutimi Nord just before you arrive at Saint Fulgence. It is signed "Parc des Monts-Valin, 17 km" ........ travel north to the Park Entrance/Information Center. The park offers a network of good hiking/skiing trails, information is available, there is a small daily users fee.

DIRECTIONS TO TH FOR PIC DUBUC AND PIC DE LA HUTTE.
From the Information Center travel on the gravel access road 10.8 km to the TH on your right for PIC DUBUC, sign reads "Vallee des Fantomes", there is a Refuge, a toilet and parking for a few vehicles.
On the way pass a road to the right, at 6.2 km from the Information Center ..... the sign reads "PIC DE LA HUTTE, 4 KM". Turn right up this road and travel/arrive at a large parking on the right side of the road. The TH is 300 meters up the road to the right at Lac des Pionniers. Everything is well signed.


PIC DUBUC (Peakbagger's MONT VALIN) ... easy moderate hike.
The highest point in the Park is PIC DUBUC or Peakbagger's MONT VALIN. The well maintained trail for hiking/skiing starts at a Refuge and after 2 km passes by another Refuge "le Fantome". The open summit is a beautiful large rock out-crop with a poured concrete slab on top of it, one corner engraved "23-10-74, PEG". I couldn't help but ask myself "Is this another example of government waste?". The views I'm sure are outstanding but not on this day ..... drizzle,heavy overcast with some foggy patches and some pockets of clearing
From here we moved on to the near-by Pic de la Hutte.

PIC DE LA HUTTE ....easy short hike on a man-made trail.
Pic de la Hutte is in a beautiful area of the Parc des Monts-Valin ......lakes, rock faces and a network of trails leading to the near-by summits. The short easy hike is on a man-made one meter wide sidewalk with a stone chip surface and resting benches, once on the open summit area a wooden walkway leads to different observation platforms ........ in my opinion it is way-over-done and again a perfect example of government largess and another small example of why we are the highest-taxed-jurisdiction in North America .
Again the weather spoiled the 360 degree view from the top.

"IN THE MOUNTAINS THE SHORTEST WAY IS FROM PEAK TO PEAK ...... BUT FOR THAT YOU MUST HAVE LONG LEGS."
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:309 m / 1015 ft
    Distance:6 km / 3.7 mi
    Route:from northwest TH at service road in park
    Trailhead:parc des monts-valin, 10.8 km from info center  670 m / 2200 ft
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Calm, Low Clouds



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