Mont Gosford (Eastern Townships): Trail Report

The second highest summit in southern Quebec! The views are unparalleled at the peak of this challenging hike. There no wifi or cell range with the exception of at the peak. This was perfect, offering complete forest immersion.

Suggested Stops

If you’re venturing out the Friday after work, it’s worth it to stop and stay in Sherbrooke (4hr drive) and then head to Mont Gosford in the morning. On the way back you pass Mont Megantic which has an observatory at the summit and drivable during the summer months.

Important Insights

The hiking trails at Mont Gosford are closed annually during hunting season, check on their website for exact dates prior to heading out. The parks office is open starting at 8am and you need to register and pay the entry fee per person. They are primarily french speaking so it’s ideal to know a little french yourself and be well informed about the trails/accommodations prior to arriving. I found the staff to be very helpful and kind – if you have questions, they’re the experts to ask!

Land Acknowledgement

These are the lands of the Wabanaki (Dawnland Confederacy), Nanrantsouak, Wendake-Nionwentsïo, Abenaki / Abénaquis, Arosaguntacook people.⁠ It is important as avid hikers and stewards of the land, to acknowledge and understand the full story of our surroundings along with the people that care for her, both past and present. As sourced from native-land.ca, if there are corrections please send to victoria@girlgonegood.com.

Land Management

Mont Gosford is managed by the Gestion Mont Gosford. Mont Gosford is Quebec’s 16th highest peak and southern Quebec's 2nd highest peak sitting at 1193m (3914feet).

Suggested Stops

If you’re venturing out the Friday after work, it’s worth it to stop and stay in Sherbrooke (4hr drive) and then head to Mont Gosford in the morning. On the way back you pass Mont Megantic which has an observatory at the summit and drivable during the summer months.

GPS Coordinates

45.32861, -70.90176

Street Address

901 Rang Tout-de-Joie, Woburn, QC G0Y 1R0

Directions

Distance from Ottawa: 451 kms (roughly 5hrs) via highways 417/30/10/610/212. I highly recommend taking the 30 around the south of Montreal regardless of what the GPS says, it’s a sanity saver to avoid the city traffic. Sherbrooke has a Starbucks, otherwise you’re looking at Tim Hortons or McDonalds coffee only on this. The road leading into Mont Gosford (Rang-tout-de-joie) is a dirt road with a few pot holes but otherwise well maintained.

Parking

Large parking lot at trailhead.

Cell Reception

No

Washrooms

Outhouses onsite otherwise please abide by outdoor washroom etiquette.

Accessibility

No

Trail Details

Entrance Fee

5

Hours of Operation

All seasons. Open dawn to dusk daily.

Trail Map

Available from Mont Gosford.

Trailhead

Located at the parking lot.

Number of Trails

4

Total Distance (km)

40

Elevation Gain (m)

960

Cell Reception

No

Features

Woodlands

Activities

Hiking, Snowshoeing