Ascent of L'Assomption High Point on 2011-10-30

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Date:Sunday, October 30, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:L'Assomption High Point
    Elevation:157 ft / 47 m

Ascent Trip Report

PB gives 4 candidate High Point Areas for this County, I had to make 3 trips before visiting all 4 Areas. I will have this one only TR.
VISIT #1 DATED 2010-10-27 ..... visited Area 1 plus scouted the other 3 Areas.
VISIT #2 DATED 2011-09-21 ..... visited Areas 2 and 3. The leaves are just starting to change colors, I came back today with the plan to visit the rest of the candidate High Point Areas (2, 3 & 4). I would not succeed with Area 4 ..... my plan to access from the south was not possible, I'll have to go back to the drawing board, maybe after the foliage.
VISIT #3 DATED 2011-10-30 ..... visited Area 4 thereby completing the County.

AREA 1 ..... An easy road/bushwack from Chemin de Frontiere ....... 2km, 1 hour RT.
From I25 exit 41, north of Terrebone, travel north on Rang Ruisseau des Agnes to a T junction with Rang de la Riviere, turn right and drive to Saint-Roche-de-l'Achigan. A left would take you across the river to the village center, instead turn right on rue Marchand to Chemin de la Ligne Mercier. Drive south to its end at 1.8km and turn left on Chemin de Frontiere, travel east another 1.4km to its end at a gate. This is the TH, on the right is a dirt road.
Walk south on the dirt road about .75km, look for orange tape blazes on a tree, turn right and follow the blazes west to the Highpoint area at about .25km. This whole area is flat, fairly dense mixed bush with a lot of wet spots and therefore very difficult to find a highpoint, I chose my spot at a GPS reading of 45.82750, 73.57807.
I drove around to scout the other 3 Areas.

AREA 2 ...... 4.2km, 55 minutes RT.
From the junction of Rang Saint-Charles/Rang du Grand-Coteau (4.2km west of L'Epiphaine) we drove south on Grand-Coteau 4.5km to a right on Rue Charbonneau. If you approach from the south, drive north on hwy I25, exit 34 and travel north on Saint Henry 2km to a left on rue Charbonneau.
Follow Charbonneau as it turns right .7km to its end at a gate under the Power Lines, park here. The summit is to the north on the sand track under the Power Lines.
I walked up the sand track 2.1km to the obvious high ground ...... 33 meters past the 6th Tower, my GPS at the center of the Power Lines read 46.82257,-72.57028. The good sand track was wet in numerous spots, in one spot I had to slosh my way in knee deep water.

AREA 3 ..... a drive up.
From the junction of Rang Saint-Charles and Rang du Grand-Coteau, travel west on Saint-Charles for 1.2km to a driveway on the right with mailbox #1430. PB shows the HP northwest of this mailbox, however the ground to the northeast or southeast (both large open flat areas) could have the highpoint, I walked all of the areas, very difficult to pick a spot.

AREA 4 ..... a woods road hike with a bushwack from the west side ..... 2.5km, 1h30 hours RT
From the hwy junction 339/341 in L'Epiphanie, north side of river, drive west on 339 (Rang Achigan Nord) for 4.8km to a right turn on Chemin de la Ligne Lapointe (just after dip/bend right), .4km north to where road makes a right turn. Park here, this is the TH, straight ahead (north) is a woods road that leads to the summit area located to the northeast.
Hike/follow the woods road as it starts north, bends/winds right (east), always stay right at intersections, descends to a low wet area and arrives at the juction with road coming in from the right (about half a km, 7 minutes from TH). Stay left on your trail as it continues/winds northeast for about another half a kilometer (6 minutes) to a driveway leading to a farm house on the right (horses and dogs), ignoring side tracks on the way.
I chatted with the 2 gentlemen who had just got back from an ATV ride in the woods roads, I also saw young people on horses and horse-drawn carriages on the roads.
When I told them my reason for my presence the older guy said, "Highpoints? You're in the wrong place, this all flat bush." The guy was right, another one of those areas where it's impossible for me to pick "the" high ground. I "merci beaucoup" the gentlemen and went my way.
PB puts this Area 4 in the vicinity of this farm house, I chose a spot 100 meters to the southwest at a small bump, GPS read 45.85196, -73.53027.
Just before you get to this farm house's driveway a road leads right (southwest), I followed this winding road and bushwacked inside the woods looking for high ground for over half a km, the whole area is mixed/fairly-open woods. I tramped around for 40-50 minutes finally choosing another spot at about .4km from the farm house, GPS 45.84748, -73.53173.
Even a professional surveyor will be here a long time. Good luck. Anyway I am claiming this County as "successful".

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Total Elevation Loss:50 ft / 15 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:30 ft / 9 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 10 ft / 3 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Loss on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Route:woods road to area 4
    Start Trailhead:chemin de la ligne lapointe  147 ft / 44 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:30 ft / 9 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 10 ft / 3 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Gain on way out:20 ft / 6 m
    Route:backtracked ascent route
    End Trailhead:chemin de la ligne lapointe  147 ft / 44 m

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