A trip to: Sentier des Caps de Charlevoix
Winter cold, ice, slush, rain, ice pellets, wind chill, etc., keep us off the bike outside in the winter time. But we still need our dose of excitement, and preferably excitement mixed with intense physical effort and resulting fatigue (satisfaction surely?).
So where are we going to go? To St-Tite-des-Caps and the hiking and snowshoe trail Sentier des Caps de Charlevoix, that's where. We would hike to the Refuge Cap Gribane, spend the night indoors, and then hike out the next day.
- Abundance of natural snow
- Away from roads and other signs of civilization
- excellent local geography
- the trail follows the top of the high hills bordering the St-Laurence river
Our night in the refuge was comfortable and warm. In the middle of the winter, in the middle of the woods, and without electricity, this is all that you want out of life.
Our hike in to the Refuge was in overcast and low cloud conditions, but the next day the sun was shining and the walk out was spectacular in every way.
50th b-day backpack enjoying the view of the river on its first adventure.
Best supporting cast member: msr lightning snowshoes
Turn the corner, enjoy the view, repeat.
Charlevoix mountains, to the north of the Rt 138
Up-river view of one of the many caps (Capes) on the river
Inside the refuge Cap Gribane
The Sentier des Caps de Charlevoix is a modern and well-marked trail
Approaching the start of the Caps trail
Winter means no bugs... or does it?
This is likely a stonefly, of the family Perlidae. We didn't know this, so we asked the AEAQ, and they kindly responded with:
Il s'agit d'un Plécoptère (Plecoptera), probablement de la famille des Perlidae.
Ces insectes sont reconnus pour être actifs à des températures froides. On les observe surtout au printemps, à la fonte des neiges.
Association des entomologistes amateurs du Quebec Inc (A.E.A.Q. inc.).
Arriving at the Refuge Cap Gribane
Yesterday's big storm left snow, freezing rain, and these amazing crystals
Conclusion: This is an excellent snowshoe destination.
We hope this region gains a mountain bike trail along the same general route. Because that would also be amazing.