Ascent of Mont Dominant on 2015-09-27

Climber: Luc Tremblay

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, September 27, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mont Dominant
    Elevation:1855 ft / 565 m

Ascent Trip Report

My trip report is an update on Ben Lostracco's, so if you want to do this hike, read both.

The Accueil is now 5 km farther into the park, but on the way to the TH on park road #2. The daily fee for an adult is now 8.50 $. At the park office, I paid the fee and filled & signed a waiver. I was told that this trail is no longer maintained, that there was a lot of downed trees and that the summit was not attainable. The park clerk told me that I would walk for a while and would have to turn around without reaching the summit. I told her that I should manage and was made aware that search & rescue efforts would be to my expense!!! Yes, we are talking about an 8 km hike with a 200 meter ascent to a 565 m hill with a trail! I could not believe it. She told me also that signs had been taken off the trail.

I drove to the TH parking on road #24. It is on the left, just past the sign 'Ruisseau Brousseau'. The TH is obvious at back side of the parking even though the sign has been removed. The trail follows the stream for about 800 to a 1000 m going west. At a sign 'Sommet 3.2 km' a trail branches off to the north. I followed this trail that eventually turn west and follows the east ridge of the peak. The trail is well marked with orange ribbons every 25 to 50 meters. There are a FEW small blowdowns in the trail, nothing to worry about. The trail is easy to follow, like a typical Adirondack trail I would say. There are additional signs like 'Sommet 2.2 km' and arrows at sharp turns.

At the summit there are a couple of wooden tables, nice for an officially closed trail. I walk to both communication towers and climbed on the big erratic boulder (painted orange and pink) and took a bunch of selfies. I also explored another smaller boulder close to the north tower and rock outcroping where there is a table just south of the south tower. My altimeter watch agreed with Ben and indicated that the big pink boulder as the HP. I spent half an hour exploring on the summit, I didn't have any more success than Ben in locating a BM.

I came back down the same trail. On the trail, I did not see any boot tracks, but I saw a lot of hoove tracks, so the moose are at least maintaining the trail, that the park warden have abandonned. I suspect the communication tower maintenance techs to help the moose unless moose are now issued with orange fluo tape...

1 hour 08 minutes to go up, 30 minutes on the summit, 1 hour 04 minutes to come back down.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1103 ft / 335 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1103 ft / 335 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Warm (24 C) and sunny
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:854 ft / 260 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 605 ft / 184 m; Extra: 249 ft / 75m
    Loss on way in:249 ft / 75 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Brousseau creek then East ridge
    Start Trailhead:parking on road #24 'Brousseau'  1250 ft / 381 m
    Time:1 Hours 8 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:854 ft / 260 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 605 ft / 184 m; Extra: 249 ft / 75m
    Gain on way out:249 ft / 75 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:East ridgne then Brousseau creek
    End Trailhead:parking on road #24 'Brousseau'  1250 ft / 381 m
    Time:1 Hours 4 Minutes

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