Ascent of Mont Jean-Charles-Bonenfant on 2013-10-15

Climber: Gabriel C

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mont Jean-Charles-Bonenfant
    Elevation:3287 ft / 1001 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had decided, a few weeks beforehand, that I would take a few days off from work during the mid-semester break in College; I'd attempt some peakbagging in there. After our hike the prior weekend, I chose to go out only on the sunny day of the three I had available. I booked a car through Discount for one day, and decided to aim for a short and easy summit: mont Jean-Charles-Bonenfant. An aerial sits there, so a maintenance road goes to the summit.

I woke up around 08:00 on Tuesday, quickly ate, put my hiking gear on, packed some essentials, and left on the bus to go retrieve the car. I had booked it for 09:30 and got there exactly on time. After settling the paperwork, I headed out directly on the highway. It took about an hour to reach km146 on highway 175 where you can take a side road on the left that connnects with one of réserve faunique des Laurentides's forest roads, Route 18. After about two hundred meters, I took a right and headed north along Rte 18 for two kilometers and spotted a nice parking area on the shores of lac de la Sarcelle. I wanted to at least hike a bit, and it looked like I could drive very far up.

From there, I continued on foot along Rte 18 for just over another kilometer before I saw a spur leave on my left. After checking on my GPS and confirming it was the maintenance road that leads to the summit, I followed it. The grade was easy at first, and the footing was excellent. I could have driven up with the car for most of the way, only doubting one spot where the gravel and sand was washed off a steeper section, exposing larger pebbles.

The air was cool, I was now in the shade, and the dew got my boots soaked in no time. It wasn't long before I reached the flatter top area, and I was in the sun again. I saw the aerial a bit further ahead, and soon reached it. I immediately spotted obvious higher ground to the left of the gated tower and started looking around for the benchmark. I found the high point, inside the trees on top of the rocky nubble east of the tower, but could not locate the benchmark that was described as a 25cm concrete cylinder encased in rock. It might have been overgrown as there is no reference to a recent inspection.

I wandered around the perimeter, looking for other traces or a benchmark, but never found it. I abandoned after about 15 minutes and started downhill. I saw a few partridges on the way and quickly got back to Rte 18. From there the walk back to the car was easy, but I developed a stiff neck that evolved into a nasty torticollis.

I had made secondary plans for mont du ruisseau Tessier, located in Forêt Montmorency, in case I had enough time, but this wry neck made me abandon the idea. I packed everything and drove back in town, getting home around 13:00.

From the chosen trailhead, I could see my goal, the aerial on top of the hill.

The summit area. The true high point stands on top of the rocky knob, in the trees, at the left of the screen.

The jeep trail to the summit is well maintained except for the steeper spots that are a bit eroded.

The access trail leaves Rte 18 on the left and crosses under the powerlines.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:754 ft / 229 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Route:Rte 18, maintenance trail
    Trailhead:Lac de la Sarcelle, along road  2533 ft / 772 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:43 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:39 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Gabriel C
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