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Ascent of Mont du Loup-Garou on 2015-12-12

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Saturday, December 12, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mont du Loup-Garou
    Location:Canada-Québec
    Elevation:1644 ft / 501 m

Ascent Trip Report



I am not a winter person and normally very quiet during December. However this is not a normal December so far this season, great weather. I would have been much-more-active if not for a health issue. Anyway I'm back up to the Laurentiens for a day hike to take in 5 hikes in the order listed in this TR.
I would twist my ankle further complicating my health issues.

MONT DU LOUP-GAROU ... An easy trail hike westbound from Montee du Paysan ... 5.6km, 1:20 hours RT.
John McHugh TR pushed me to check-out this summit. We must thank John for finding this outstanding destination and for adding it to the PB Library.
The view from the summit, of the city to the southeast, is truly outstanding. You can see Mont Royal with its Saint Joseph's Oratory, part of the city skyline with the Big O to its left, and beyond Mont Saint Hilaire and a few other Monteregian Hills (at about 100km). This has-to-be the best destination for views of the city from this area and the fact that it can be reached via an easy maintained trail is another big plus.
The lean-to, sitting on the summit, allows one to sit on its benches and enjoy the view. I loooved my outing.
DRIVING AND TRAIL DIRECTIONS.
We found our way to Saint Adele, the main intersection of Hwy #117/Rue Morin, where we drove south on Rue Morin for 2.1km to a right turn on Montee du Paysan which we followed/winds westerly for 2.2km to its end (Lac Matley is to the right) ..... the posted "Plein-air Saint Adele" signs here tells me that this is the recommended TH. There is room to park here.
The lesser road continuing straight head (numbered Trail #11) is driveable, so I drove it for another .8km and parked (little room). this was my TH (45.94268,-75.18792), the summit it due west .... the road ahead (my Trail #11) is not driveable and on the left is a private gated driveway #1988.
When I got back 3 other cars were parked behind me ... a very popular destination. I came upon 9 people during my outing, one being a mountain bike.
I followed the signed Trail #11 westerly all the way to the summit (2.7km). The trail is marked and easy to follow, all main junction have a "Plein-air Saint Adele trail map".
Before the summit, trail #11 makes a loop, I chose to do go right (CCW Loop).
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MONT SAUVAGE EST ... a trail and moderate whack ..... 1.5km, 40 minutes RT.
From Autoroute 15, exit 72, we took Chemin Mont Sauvage north for 1.6km to a sharp-right-turn on Rue du Rocher-Boise which we followed .5km to its end at a turnaround (for Mont Sauvage I stayed straight on Chemin Mont Sauvage for another 100M to the crest of the road, the TH is on the left inside the development).
I hopped the snow fence at the east side of the turnaround, picked up an old road and followed it easterly 350M to a tall fence with a huge erratic rock. From here I bushwhacked southerly less than 400M to the summit. Mostly mixed woods and not dense, rough footing, a high rock ledge just before the summit was my only obstacle, I went right.
A nice moss-covered flat rock marks the HP, a nice spot (45.98800,-74.15399). I descended back to the TH in 12 minutes.
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MONT BALDY AND MONT BALDY OUEST ... a trail and bushwhack to 2 summits ..... 3.8km, 1:30 hours RT.
Mont Baldy and Mont Baldy Ouest are both nicely done in one trip.
From AutoRoute 15, exit 72, we picked up Chemin Mont Sauvage and went south .5km to a left turn on Rue des Mesanges, .4km north is Rue des Roitelets on right (this is the end of good dirt road). We stayed straight on a smaller dirt road for another 100+M to a 4 way junction. Parked here ... straight ahead (northside) is a wide swath in the woods with an ATV track. This was my route to the two summits(nicely shown on the satellite image).
The swath heads/climbs northwest 1km (90M elevation gain) to the col between the two summits. At about .7km up the swath (at 45.97739,-74.14177) I noted a pink blazed trail on the right. I would find out later (as I note below) that this trail climbs directly to the Mont Badly summit and could short cut the trip.
From the col the MONT BALDY summit is at about 120 degree compass and perhaps 400M as the crow flies. I climbed/whacked about 300M to a bump just W of the summit with open deciduous woods, where I noted a pink blazed trail coming up from my left and heading my way (I believe the same pink blazed trail leaving the swath as noted above). To the E through the trees I could see a pine forest at the summit area.
I followed the trail easterly as it descended slightly, then going right to avoid a steep rock face before climbing left/northerly to the summit (perhaps 300+M from the W bump). The pink trail continues down the north side.
The whole summit area is a beautiful open-tall-pine-forest, worth the price of admission alone.
Embedded in a large open rock marking the HP is the benchmark "TERRES ET FORETS QUEBEC, 78K0659, POINT GEODESIQUE" and to one side is an orange sign "Quebec Government, Geodetic". The summit offers pleasant views. On the E side of the mountain is a rock wall, very popular with rock climbers.
On my backtrack to the col I slipped and fell on the wet leaves, nothing big, I just fell back on my rear, however in doing-so I twisted my right knee, resulting in a huge pain. I sat there for 5 minutes, finally the pain mostly all gone I continued with my walking. Everything was OK, had little or no pain so I continued hiking.
On the drive home however the knee started to hurt/cease-up and by the time we got home I had another health issue ... it really hurt especially when I got up after a long sit-down without movement, I iced it, took Advil. Hopefully it'll go away in a few days.
Once back to the col I continued W for approx. 300M to the MONT SAUVAGE OUEST Summit (all open woods, easy), capped with a huge erratic rock and a small Inukshuk to one side.
Partial views through the trees. The beautiful pine forest on Mont Baldy can be seen through the trees.
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MONT ALOUETTE ... a track climb northeast bound .... 1.2km, 40 minutes RT.
From the corner of Chemin Mont Sauvage and Chemin St Germain (just north of Autoroute 15 in Saint-Adele-Nord) we went N on Saint Germain for .8km to a right turn on Rue du Mont Alouette then E .3km to its end at a turnaround. Parked here, the summit is to the northeast.
This road is a new housing development with few homes already built, lot numbers are all posted.
At the E side of the turnaround, just left of the sign "Lot #5", I picked up a track that I followed northeast for .6km directly to the summit. This side of the mountain used to be a ski hill.
The large wooded summit area has a number of bumps, I chose my HP at 45.97078,-74.13239.
The broken-down ski lift steel structures are still in place. Views are available from different spots.
Future housing development may restrict access from this side.
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SOMMET BLEU ... drive up to a locked gate.
On the way back we found our way to the very top end of Rue de la Croix only to find a large locked gate. The summit, capped with a huge private residence, is not accessible. I didn't enter it to the PB library at the time because of its unaccessability but since its been now added as a provisional peak I've added it to my account to advise others of this fact.
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On the return home we stopped-in at one of our favorite burger place, "5 Guys" ..... offering without-question the best cajen-spiced-fries that money can buy anywhere. My right knee really-hurting from my accident on my Mont Baldy.



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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:332 ft / 101 m
    Total Elevation Loss:332 ft / 101 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:332 ft / 101 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:Trail #11 wb from montee du paysan
    Start Trailhead:Montee du Paysan  1312 ft / 399 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:332 ft / 101 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:Trail #11 wb from montee du paysan
    End Trailhead:Montee du Paysan  1312 ft / 399 m



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