Trip Report: Mont Saint-Hilaire

June 20th, 2009 by Angelo Leave a reply »

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Despite the threat of rain and the lack of sleep on my part (ah, those insidious pub nights!), CO took a day trip out to Mont Saint-Hilaire yesterday.

We made off under a light sprinkling at 10AM and hiked up the Rocky 2 trail (4.4 km), enjoyed a light lunch on the summit, and then made our way to the more scenic Dieppe summit (yes, we know, 380 m hardly qualifies Hilaire as a mountain).  Along the way, we were distracted by a chorus of bullfrogs and spent a good amount of time trying to figure out where all the little critters were hiding — I believe we counted just short of a dozen in a small pond.  We then trekked down the Dieppe train (3.8 kM), grabbed some treats at the visitor centre, and made our way back home.

While not a terribly difficult hike, we still love Hilaire for its pastoral scenery, its wildlife observation opportunities, and its proximity to the city.  It’s great for beginners, and we look forward to running another hike there later this summer.

As always, more photos are available in our Flickr pool.

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