Ascent Trip Report
On the way out from our ascents of mont du lac Fauvette and mont du lac Noulet, we made a last stop with Pierre to get to the top of Jean-Charles-Bonenfant. I told my partners that the access trail to the top was driveable from what I had seen on my previous ascent and Pierre elected to try to get there with his Wrangler. From chemin de la Porte de l'Enfer, we parked Serge's car just up on the access trail and boarded the Jeep.
The first part of the trail was okay although we crossed some bad washout that jostled us around quite a lot. At some point we saw a fallen tree across the trail and I thought we'd be hiking the rest. Pierre simply climbed over the obstacle - it was bumpy but it worked. We crossed another fallen tree higher up and went through the same manoeuver. At one of the bends, we encountered a snow bank. Pierre wasn't sure he could get past the snow with his summer tires but after backing up and building momentum, he powered through. Maybe 20 meters further, we had to climb over another fallen tree but once this last literal hurdle was behind, we quickly arrived at the top. Pierre turned the Jeep around, parked, and we then climbed up the smooth rock slabs to the benchmark pole marker.
After looking around the summit a bit, we got back in the Jeep and took off downhill. It was a bumpy ride again but we made it back to Serge's car in no time. There, we moved all of Pierre's stuff back in his vehicle and exchanged handshakes and goodbyes before leaving him to finish packing his car. From there, Serge and I got back to HWY 175, heading south towards our next goals for the day.