Ascent of Mont Royal on 1973-03-25

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
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Date:Sunday, March 25, 1973
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mont Royal
    Elevation:768 ft / 234 m

Ascent Trip Report

MONT ROYAL, in the center of the city of Montreal, is part of the unique Monteregian Hills, a linear chain of 8 isolated Hills, eroded remnants of volcanoes active about 125 million years ago. A super park for the enjoyment of the people of Montreal.......Montreal wouldn't be Montreal without Mont Royal.

I was working in Beauharnois on the construction of a new Ferro-Alloy Plant, my family (Rose, Michael, Linda and Julie) visited Montreal for the very first time so we took this opportunity to hike Mont Royal. We would move to this area the following year.
We parked the car at Lac aux Castors, walked the roads leading-to and looping-around the summit's Cross. Checked out the cross and on the way back visited the Overlook in front of the Chalet...... Magnificent view of the city and its surroundings.

The best way to feel the beauty of Mont Royal is to start the hike in the city area and make/wind your way to the top from any direction.

Over the years we would visit and exercise on this mountain dozens of times, either walking/biking/running the roads and trails and/or especially doing repetitive stair climbing in front/left of the Chalet. I would train on this mountain (and on Mont Saint-Hilaire) c/w a weighted backpack for future big climbs and participate in a number of road races. I would come here for family hikes and bring a number of my visiting friends for a walk.
We would come to the mountain to take in yearly Professional Bicycle Races (Men and Women Races).
In the the later years we started making traditional yearly Boxing Day family hikes and on New Year's Eve we went with family to watch the mid-night fireworks (together with hundreds of people) from the Chalet Lookout, after the fireworks we'd walk the trails lit by the moon/city lights.
A beautiful playground.

These future numerous-yearly-hikes on this mountain will not be recorded in my Peakbagger account.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:227 ft / 69 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.7 mi / 4.4 km
    Route:road hike from lac aux castors parking
    Trailhead:Lac aux Castors  541 ft / 164 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear

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