A quick hike up what they like to call 713 meters of Nature! The hike itself is dynamic & great for endurance, and with a quick pace, no breaks, you'll arrive to the summit in about 45mins - 1h. Taking your time, about 1h30.
Beginning with forest trails, climbing stairs, you even have the possibility of trail-running. Half-way through you'll find yourself scrambling up terrains of rock within the forest trails all the way up to the rocky summit.
About 10mins before the summit, you'll arrive to what they call "The Wall", it is called the wall because it is a cliff-like wall of rock that stands approximately 25 feet tall & at a 90° angle. Word of advise for those who suffer from vertigo, "don't look back"!! There are ample places to grab on to in order to heap over this "wall". Following the wall, you'll hike up the rocky terrain up to the summit.
If you do not prefer the scrambling aspect, there are other trails you can hook onto, being the "Cedres" or "Boreal".
There are 2 summits. The trail l'Intrepide is the only trail that accesses the West side summit. All other trails arrive to the higher summit with the cross. The cross summit is easily accessible from the other summit.
You will return back to the park chalet via the trail "Panoramique". A longer trail, less difficult, yet lots of rock also. Scrambling down at the beginning may be a must! In the spring, when there is still snow, you can trail-run down.
I highly suggest this mountain-hike...
... For its great trails & its magnificent 360° view from the summits. Its
the highest mountain in that region, therefore the perspective allows you to feel in the middle of the sky, (bring a sweater for the top, it can get windy!). Even the drive there is of beautiful farm and hill landscapes. If coming from A-10, you'll pass through Stoke, with the mountain rang in view, (I highly suggest this route!), you'll fall in love with the Eastern Townships, Bois-Franc, Appalachian-Chaudiere regions.
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