Ascent Trip Report
Following the brief stop over Lévis HP, I drove south on HWY 73. In Vallée-Jonction, I exited on HWY 112 west and went through the village. I kept going and passed through Saint-Frédéric and East-Broughton before reaching HWY 271 where I took a left, heading south. I followed it for a few kilometers before missing RTE Latulippe on my right. I saw it at the last second as it is quite narrow. I turned around in a driveway and saw, when I engaged on the slight downhill, a sign indicating this road wasn't maintained during winter. It turned out to be a rough trail more than a road, with logging equipment parked in a few spots. I kept going until I reached 11e Rang where I turned right. I was back on a maintained road but it was still rough. After a wide left bend, I passed rang Lessard and arrived at the trailhead parking on my right. There were three parked vehicles and I slid beside one.
After checking the welcome hut and seeing the access fee, I fished in the change tray but couldn't find anything except a US dollar and a few coins. I hoped not to meet anyone too uptight on the trail and put my boots on before heading off. I went past a gate blocking a worn out paved road going uphill. It became very steep quite quickly and reminded me of what I encountered in the Caribbean. The road switchbacked a few times, winding its way between cliffs on the left and a steep maple grove on the southeast slope. After a final hairpin turn, the slope lessened a bit and when I reached a smooth rock slab on the right, I spotted paint marks indicating a trail. I followed it and thus bypassed the hang gliding ramps area. I could hear voices now coming from the west. The trail crossed through a treeline, went over a small ramp, and rejoined another trail linking the western rocks to the true summit.
At the junction, I met a guy who asked if there were other camping spots where I had come through. I told him I hadn't seen anything and, after he remarked they must all be where they were already set up, we parted ways. I think it was a group of rock climbers coming in for the next day. From the junction, I followed a rocky trail that soon emerged on the bare summit. To my left was a comms shack with tower and straight ahead there was an observation tower. I climbed to the top and looked at the view of all surrounding mountains before starting the downhill leg. The sun was already getting lower and I didn't want to get to Eastman too late. I ran most of the way back to the road where the steepness and loose pebbles prevented me from going very fast, making my way down to the trailhead. I got back in the car and headed off north on chemin de la Grande Ligne, towards the next destination.