Ascent of Mont du lac Bareau on 2015-06-04

Climber: Gabriel C

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, June 4, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mont du lac Bareau
    Elevation:3510 ft / 1069 m

Ascent Trip Report

IMG_5364After 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).

IMG_5365So 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.

IMG_5367I 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.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:459 ft / 139 m
    Total Elevation Loss:459 ft / 139 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:393 ft / 119 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 324 ft / 98 m; Extra: 69 ft / 21m
    Loss on way in:69 ft / 21 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Route:Logging trails and bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Junction on Rd 19  3186 ft / 971 m
    Time:27 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:390 ft / 118 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 324 ft / 98 m; Extra: 66 ft / 20m
    Gain on way out:66 ft / 20 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route:Logging trails and bushwhack
    End Trailhead:Junction on Rd 19  3186 ft / 971 m
    Time:20 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Gabriel C
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