20-May-2014 -- Back in Montréal to attend the IARS (iars.org) annual meeting with a special focus on the international science symposium scheduled on Sunday may 19th.
As usual I take that opportunity for a few days of family vacation and to try 2 CP visits ; we decided to visit N46 W74 and N47 W71 as these CP haven’t been visited for the last 13 years, and we succeeded on both points.
N46 W74 is located in a remote location 66 km North / NW of downtown Montréal. We used our rental car and drove through Saint Jérôme and Saint Hyppolite. 7 km north of Saint Hyppolite we easily found the road to Lac Pilon which changes into a dust road after a few km. This road is a dead end road turning clockwise around the lake. We also easily identified the narrow track heading east and connecting with the dust road at the northern part of the lake which is visible on the Google earth satellite view. We followed that track on foot until 450 m from the CP and then went through the forest.
We found the short hike to the point rather difficult through an uneven terrain with rocks, rotten logs, holes, and ponds (picture 7). It may be that the previous team of visitors experienced an easier hike using snow shoes during winter time.
The point lies in the forest, on a North-South slope overlooking the western part of Lake Pilon and the line of sight are very short in all directions. No one was out there that afternoon and we encountered 1 wild duck and thousands of frogs (picture 8) ; we also identified a moose footprint (picture 9).