Ascent of Mont Lily-Butters on 2020-09-04

Climber: Gabriel C

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, September 4, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mont Lily-Butters
    Elevation:1608 ft / 490 m

Ascent Trip Report

I chose to climb this local summit I had long overlooked and left in my to-do list. After work, I came back home and quickly prepared the data in my GPS and left around 17:40. I drove to the Vertendre neighborhood and went to the end of chemin des Férus, per Ben Lostracco's trip report. I started on the flagged trail, passed an old forest road, and kept going on the evident herd path. The further I went, the more I saw surveying stakes so when I reached an area that didn't seem to lead anywhere, I angled directly towards the summit in the sparse deciduous forest.

Along the way, I crossed many trails and a lot of flagging, and relatively recent survey stakes marked Road centerline. After checking parcel boundaries online, it seems the entire mountain is already parceled out and roads are planned almost to the summit. The further up I went, the more rocky outcrops appeared. There was a bit of up and down on the ridge but I eventually merged on a good trail with red duct tape marks around the trees. A few seconds after that I reached the obvious summit rock. It has very nice views of mont Orford. I took in the view for a short minute and then started downhill.

I decided to follow the trail as I hadn't come up that way and it was evident I was heading in a different direction than on my way in. That trail looked well trodden and somewhere in the middle I even saw a very tight climbing rope strung as a handrail. When I reached a flat and sparsely wooded area, the flagging stopped and I couldn't discern a trail. There was something heading northwest but I was already far off-course. I started heading southwest to link with the forest road and when I reached it, I covered the short distance back to the end of chemin des Férus.

Since there is a treetop-trekking and tube sledding business just north of where the trail was heading, I am assuming it is or was maintained by them. I have no clue how to access it aside through their business or by bushwhacking in from my trailhead. In any case, grab this summit while it isn't built up, which is surprising since there is a moratorium over development above 400m elevation in Eastman.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:519 ft / 157 m
    Total Elevation Loss:519 ft / 157 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.7 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:506 ft / 154 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 493 ft / 151 m; Extra: 13 ft / 3m
    Loss on way in:13 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Old trails, bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:End of chemin des Férus  1115 ft / 339 m
    Time:12 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:506 ft / 154 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 493 ft / 151 m; Extra: 13 ft / 3m
    Gain on way out:13 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.9 km
    Route:Old trails, bushwhack
    End Trailhead:End of chemin des Férus  1115 ft / 339 m
    Time:12 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Gabriel C
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