After getting on the road again from mont du lac Delveaux's trailhead, I was in new territory. My maps didn't show the road as it seemed newer, but having printed out satellite imagery, I was able to guess where I was heading. I stopped in a few places to get my bearing straight but even then, when I reached a shallow angled spur on my left, I dismissed it and kept going. It took me about a kilometer to figure out the trail to mont du lac Bareau had to be the previous one as I was seeing lac des Pas Perdus on my right. That lake's name was taking a funny and significant meaning, the translation going as: Lake of the Not Lost (wrong syntax also in French).
So I turned around, made my way back to the spur and parked there. I could barely see over the tree tops towards my goal and I spied some clear cut logging on the slopes. It was surprising to see a swath on such steep a slope but I it was welcome as I could already see how easy this summit would be. I put my backpack on and started along the jeep trail. The hike on that road was over flat ground and I could see boggy ground between where I stood and the mountain's bulk. I was tempted to cut straight through to shorten the total distance but refrained as I knew it was probably more trouble than it was worth. When I made it to the bottom of the steep logging swath, I looked at the fresh mess and decided to check if there was another way up. I kept going a little further until I reached an obvious trail that followed the ridge. It was wet but generally devoid of debris, unlike the earlier swath. As I gained altitude, I emerged from regrowth into a vast clear cut plateau. It was a mess and I had to take special care treading over grass-covered branches and logs.
I kept following the ridge but as I progressed, I saw the loggers had avoided the summit area. I skirted the treeline to find a decent opening and finally dove in the typical open forest that can be found on the higher and more exposed mountains. I wandered around towards the southern edge of the area and when I settled on where the high ground was, I took some pictures before starting downhill. I was quite surprised by the quality of that mountain, with nice views and a special summit glade. When I was back in the clear cut area, I decided to try the steep swath to save some distance.
It turns out the swath wasn't too difficult on the downhill and it didn't take long before I rejoined the jeep trail. From there it was only a matter of following the road back to the car. I packed quickly and left towards HWY 175 and Québec.