Ascent of Mont du lac Savane on 2015-06-01

Climber: Gabriel C

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, June 1, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mont du lac Savane
    Elevation:3474 ft / 1058 m

Ascent Trip Report

IMG_5322For that day, I had decided to get an early start and try for two summits. It was required as the drive to the first trailhead was quite long and I wasn't sure how the roads had been affected by the last days' rain. I first drove Luiza to work around 08:30 and then proceeded to get through morning traffic on the highways. After reaching Route 33 at Forêt Montmorency, it was a long drive on a road that had some new washout. Fortunately, it was all possible to get through and I made it to my first trailhead, a junction on Route 333 around 10:15. I quickly put my boots on and left along the logging trail. At the first junction on the right, I stumbled into two moose grazing and I was barely able to take a picture as they scurried away when they noticed me.

IMG_5309I kept going along the trail and eventually made it to the powerline. I could see logging swaths going uphill towards mont du lac Savane's ridge and tried to plan which way would be the easiest from there. I then made it to a T junction where I took a right and started looking for a swath righ away. I found a wide one and dove in. The ascent was easy and as I gained altitude I could start to see a nice panorama behind. I took a short break to take pictures and then faced some bushwhacking. As I entered the woods, there was a lot of blowdown but it quickly gave way to very open forest. It wasn't long before I reached another swath that ran parallel to the ridge and I followed it to its end where I entered the woods again.

IMG_5321There were herd paths that I was able to follow on and off but trying to steer towards high ground, I had to go in a pretty thick bushwhack. I saw a spruce goose take refuge in a spruce tree as went along and snapped a picture. It took a few minutes to reach an obvious high point where I marked a waypoint, but the low visibility made me want to go deeper along the ridge and try to find higher ground. As I moved forward, I descended a bit, then ascended again, but I couldn't find an obvious summit. Then I angled right and saw a slight mound that looked a lot like it would be the highest point around. Further south, it looked like it went downhill and the trees did not seem higher. I settled for this spot as the summit.

As I started to make my way back, I stumble into a herd path that looked well trodden and followed it. I was able to keep it in sight and follow it until I reached the logging swaths on the ridge. From there, I made my way to the greenery wall I had traversed on the ascent and went in. I had some trouble as I encountered a lot of blowdown but I was able to get to a downhill logging swath that led me directly at the T junction. From there it was only a matter of a few minutes before I made it back to the trailhead, at 11:39.

After this relatively easy summit, even though it is very far from obvious and requires some wandering on the ridge, I would move on towards the trailhead for my ascent of mont du Barrage, a full 6km further along Route 333 & Route 604.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:580 ft / 175 m
    Total Elevation Loss:580 ft / 176 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:541 ft / 164 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 511 ft / 155 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Loss on way in:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.7 km
    Route:Logging trails and bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Junction on Rd 333  2963 ft / 903 m
    Time:47 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:550 ft / 167 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 511 ft / 155 m; Extra: 39 ft / 11m
    Gain on way out:39 ft / 11 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.7 km
    Route:Logging trails and bushwhack
    End Trailhead:Junction on Rd 333  2963 ft / 903 m
    Time:31 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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