Hiking Trails of Montréal and Beyond
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Featuring 50 hiking routes within 150 km of Montreal, this handy guide explores trails within the city, Laval, and in the adjacent Laurentians, Lanaudière, Montérégie, and Eastern Townships.
Michael Haynes hiked and mapped each of the 50 trails, and in this handy guide, he provides detailed maps, trail descriptions, and GPS coordinates, as well as information on time, length, difficulty, and facilities available on each route. To round out the experience, he also includes photographs of interesting sites, charts, hiking tips, and sidebars on historical, cultural, and natural subjects as well as a glossary of common hiking terms for non-French speakers.
From the Centre de la nature du Mont Saint-Hilaire to le sentier de l'Ours and from le circuit TransTerrebonne to les sentiers du Mont Rigaud, Hiking Trails of Montreal and Beyond is without question the best hiker's companion to the region, whether for quiet afternoon excursions or serious multiday expeditions.
reach the junction with the Red, or Rabbit, Trail, where there is a map and directional signage. Turn left, toward the Chalet d’accueil at 3.4 km (2.1 mi). This path continues to meander over the uneven, but low, terrain. There are no views, although you cross a bridge at 500 m/yd and find a bench 50 m/yd beyond that. At 750 m/yd from the junction, the path makes a 90° turn to the right. There is a map posted here that indicates your current location, even though it is not a junction. After that,
by pine trees. From here you gain views to the southwest of Lac Deligny and Lac Mandeville. This is a linear spur, so you need to retrace your route back to the main path, where you turn left. After an easy 250 m/yd, the path begins to climb over a series of low parallel rocky ridges. It becomes constant up and down, but only a short distance each time. Shortly after making a distinct 90° curve to the right, you reach the next junc- Lanaudière 133 tion, where you will need to decide whether
to the trailhead, where you emerge at the far end of the parking area where you started. 168 Hiking Trails of Montréal and Beyond 23. Centre touristique et éducatif des Laurentides 10 km (6.25 mi) rtn : 3+hrs : 3 Type of Trail: natural surface Uses: walking : Animals, steep climbs. : Reception only available on hilltops; none at trailhead or lake level. Facilities: benches, interpretive panels, outhouses, potable water, tables Gov’t Topo Map: 31J01 (Sainte-Agathedes-Monts) Trailhead GPS:
there are benches by the bridge. Only a few metres/yards beyond that the trail passes a small cabin, used perhaps as a warming hut during the winter or to collect fees from skiers. After that, turn off your mind Laurentides (Laurentians) 181 and follow the wide pathway as it proceeds through the lovely forest. Snowshoe and cross-country ski routes, brightly signed, head off from both sides. The prominent distance markers enable you to decide when you wish to return. There are no grand views
his honour: the Jackrabbit. He became a living monument to the health benefits of an active lifestyle, still skiing every day at age one hundred, and passing away in 1987 at the advanced age of 111. 192 Route Description: Walk back across the bridge and cross the paved highway; there is a crosswalk. On the opposite side of the road is a trailhead pavilion, including a map, that warns you that you are entering a remote, unpatrolled area, and will climb 595 m/yd in the 7 km (4.4 mi) to the Pic