Ascent of Mont du Lac Raimbault on 2020-08-22

Climber: Gabriel C

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, August 22, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mont du Lac Raimbault
    Elevation:2526 ft / 769 m

Ascent Trip Report

For this weekend, I was back on my feet after a pretty heavy bout with a flu since Monday. I felt good enough to go to parc du mont-Tremblant with Luiza, her friend, and the latter's two daughters. As they already had plans for their weekend, I was happy to tag along and do my own thing, which would be to bag a couple summits still on my list in the area. We drove off around 13:00 on Friday, and dreaded the drive through Montréal. As usual, it was fine up to the point where we crossed pont Champlain. Then as we navigated HWY 15 to get on the north shore, it was hell, as usual, and we were stuck in traffic until past Saint-Jérôme.

From there we made our way to the park, checked in, and drove to our camping spot at the La Gamelle site. We spent the evening around the fire and went to bed around 22:00. We woke up around 07:00, had quick breakfast, and split up. As they drove towards their via ferrata reservation, I headed north on RTE 1. At the junction with RTE 2, I went left and passed lac de la Savane, going west towards réserve faunique Rouge-Matawin. At the junction where we pass from the park to the réserve faunique, I went right on RTE 6. This road was a real forest highway whereas RTE 2 was really a forest road.

I flew through the area and reached lac Mosquic where I turned left on RTE 63. A few kilometers further I took a left on RTE 632 but it was apparent that I wouldn't drive much further. It was badly eroded in places and I could only see ATV tracks. I was able to go as far as the junction for lac Chavoy where the road turned into a forest trail. I parked on the shoulder and geared up, heading off for a nice cool morning hike. I passed a trapper's cabin a couple hundred meters in, and then side spurs for various lakes. This leg was very flat and I was able to maintain a good cruise speed.

When I reached the spur that leads to lac Greslon Rond, I had to climb slightly and at the crest on that ridge, I saw what I had spotted in the aerial imagery. A definite ATV trail that headed almost directly towards the summit. It was even better than I anticipated and was clearly maintained and driven through regularly. The path climbed moderately and didn't meander too much so it wasn't long until I could see the sky over the ridge as the slope leveled off. I was really happy that the ground truth matched exactly with the path I had drawn in my GIS software. It means I was able to read the faint trace of the trail just with slight differences in color and shading on the vegetation that mostly covers the entire path.

At the summit, I reached a large clearing where there was a comms shack, and aerial, and solar panels. It looked exactly like the setup on mont du lac Burnett in réserve faunique de Papineau-Labelle so I assume this is the local radio repeater. It would be logical that they choose the highest most prominent summits around. It was still funny that I randomly encountered those installations on P1K goals of mine, but I won't complain about the trails all the way to the top.

I didn't stay around very long and started backtracking downhill. It was an easy uneventful hike out back to the car where I dumped everything in the backseat and headed off towards parc du mont Tremblant and my second goal for the day, mont du Premier Lac.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:938 ft / 284 m
    Total Elevation Loss:938 ft / 284 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.7 mi / 9.2 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
~25°C, humid
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:853 ft / 259 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 771 ft / 235 m; Extra: 82 ft / 24m
    Loss on way in:82 ft / 24 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:Forest trails, ATV trail
    Start Trailhead:Fork to lac Chavoy  1755 ft / 534 m
    Time:48 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:856 ft / 260 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 771 ft / 235 m; Extra: 85 ft / 25m
    Gain on way out:85 ft / 25 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.6 km
    Route:Forest trails, ATV trail
    End Trailhead:Fork to lac Chavoy  1755 ft / 534 m
    Time:45 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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