Ascent of Maskinongé High Point on 2020-08-30
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Sunday, August 30, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
|Peak:||Maskinongé High Point|
| Elevation:||1837 ft / 559 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThis weekend I decided to go for a Sunday grab as the weather was extremely poor on Saturday, being affected by the tail end of hurricane Laura. I woke up late, around 08:00 and was on the road towards Trois-Rivières at 08:45. I crossed the Saint-Laurent on HWY 55 and headed north to exit 202 in Saint-Étienne-des-Grès. I followed chemin des Dalles and 2e Rang to join on HWY 153, the 351 north. I followed HWY 350 in Charette and went through Saint-Paulin where I stayed on HWY 349. In Saint-Alexis-des-Monts, I stayed on the highway and a few kilometers further turned right on rang Morin.
My planning had included trusting Google maps after checking if the forest road looked legit or not from aerial imagery. I was proven wrong when a few kilometers in, rang Morin turned into a 4x4/ATV trail at the junction with chemin Aya Pe Wa. Turning around, I decided to do my two planned summits in the reverse order so I headed back to Saint-Alexis-des-Monts and turned left, following rang des Pins Rouges to the Grands Pins park entrance. When I reached the office, I realized I had forgotten my face mask at home so I had to peek through the door and ask the employees to help me out. They gave me a disposable mask and I was able to go through the check in process.
Contrary to other Sépaq réserves fauniques, when I explained my goals, they didn't want to charge me for parking. Their rationale was that I'm just going on old logging roads and that doesn't warrant being charged as if I was clogging a beach or fishing spot parking. They printed a $0 receipt and sent me on my way, even giving me a park general map free of charge.
I followed RTE 1 for a few kilometers. It was quite worn, with several muddy places. It was still no problem even for the Kia, and I reached the junction for RTE 12 after maybe 15 minutes. After crossing a bridge over rivière du Loup, the road became much better, I guess from the much lower traffic. After passing the Sorcier cabin, I found the fork I needed to follow and headed uphill on a more challenging disused logging road. The Kia managed to get all the way to a junction that was my ideal trailhead.
I geared up and headed off on the old trail that's slowly getting regrown. It was still easy to follow and the vegetation was not an obstacle. The path wound its way uphill until I reached the closest point to the summit along the trail. From there I dove in the logging patch and had to start fighting my way through deciduous saplings and larger blowdown. It wasn't great footing but I was still able to make progress. Nearer to the top, the forest became sparser and I was able to spot pink flagging at the relatively obvious high point. I found the mason jar canister but there was no logbook inside, the only content being a discarded rifle brass cartridge.
The way back down to the trail was a slightly different bushwhack but still pretty rough. When I was back on more open ground, I started jogging downhill. It wasn't long until I was back at the car where I looked at the map to plan for the drive to the second trailhead.
Bear in mind that I did not visit the second 560m closed contour that's visible on provincial 1:20K maps as the lidar data clearly shows that the eastern one is the highest point.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||538 ft / 163 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||538 ft / 163 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||2.2 mi / 3.5 km|
| Quality:||7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy|
| Gain on way in:||528 ft / 160 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 508 ft / 154 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m|
| Loss on way in:||20 ft / 6 m|
| Distance:||1.1 mi / 1.7 km|
| Route:||Forest trails, bushwhack|
| Start Trailhead:||Junction on forest trail 1329 ft / 405 m|
| Time:||23 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||518 ft / 157 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 508 ft / 154 m; Extra: 10 ft / 3m|
| Gain on way out:||10 ft / 3 m|
| Distance:||1.1 mi / 1.8 km|
| Route:||Forest trails, bushwhack|
| End Trailhead:||Junction on forest trail 1329 ft / 405 m|
| Time:||17 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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