Ascent of Mont du lac Penang on 2020-08-30

Climber: Gabriel C

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, August 30, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mont du lac Penang
    Elevation:1906 ft / 580 m

Ascent Trip Report

After climbing mont du lac au Sorcier, I drove back down to RTE 12 and turned left, heading west/south. A few kilometers further, I kept going left at a junciton for RTE 31 and RTE 2, staying on the latter. After roughly the same distance, I reached yet another junction near lac au Violon, where I followed RTE 28, which would be a shortcut that rejoined with RTE 2 a little bit further south. Along the way, I passed a junction for RTE 20 but I wasn't sure this road would be entirely passable with my car. I decided to continue on RTE 2 all the way to lac aux Sables and follow RTE 20 from the southern end of the horseshoe loop.

I crossed only one vehicle on this leg but for the most part, the road was fine. I didn't rub anywhere and was able to reach the minor trail spur that leads to lac des Lotus. I wasn't sure how far I could make it but it was mostly fine. No rubbing and only a few spots with loose rounded river stones. I made it all the way to a nice parking area just before lac des Lotus and made this my trailhead.

I started directly on the talus above the parking and into the forest. It was relatively open, easy to navigate and I tried to traverse north along a gentle gully to try and cross it at a higher elevation. I then angled towards my goal and crossed the small stream, heading towards what seemed like the easiest path. Then I crested on a small ridge, having to descend a few meters on the other side. Climbing again, I faced another short descent in a gully before reaching a gentle uphill towards what was now visibly the last little elevation gain. The summit area was very flat and open, the high point being in a nice open glade. I spotted the flagging around the summit but couldn't find a canister.

I retraced my steps, trying to stay a bit further north to bypass the couple ridges, side-sloping towards the main gully. There, I decided to stay lower in the gully, which was more open than just a few tens of meters to my left. I then emerged on the narrow trail that leads to the lake and walked the few tens of meters back to the car.

After dropping my gear in the backseat, I drove off towards RTE 20, followed that all the way to RTE 2 and then left the park by the Catherine gate. Since I was further west, I decided to go through Montréal on HWY 40, which proved to be a bad decision. I must have lost almost an hour in freak traffic between exits 122 and 110, and then faced more traffic on HWY 25 and 10 as I tried to make my way back home. I should have made the detour through Trois-Rivières on HWY 55, it would still have been faster.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:348 ft / 105 m
    Total Elevation Loss:348 ft / 106 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:328 ft / 99 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 305 ft / 93 m; Extra: 23 ft / 7m
    Loss on way in:23 ft / 7 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Start Trailhead:End of forest trail  1601 ft / 487 m
    Time:14 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:325 ft / 99 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 305 ft / 93 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Gain on way out:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    End Trailhead:End of forest trail  1601 ft / 487 m
    Time:11 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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