“I couldn’t be more content” said Rosalyn, and really, I couldn’t have agreed with her more. We were testing out a road trip idea and hiking trail #7 up Mont Grand Pic in Parc National des Montagnes Noire was part of one road trip itinerary for the Outaouais region. Ouff, did it deliver the wow factor.
There are restaurants and grocery stores in Ripon if you needed a spot for a quick bit. No cafes that we saw, so if there is own that you find, please comment below so that it can be added.
Parc National des Montagnes Noires is a fantastic spot to explore for so many reasons. First of all is that you can drive to nearby parking lots for both the lookout and tower. This is important, it makes both features more accessible for those that can not hike elevation or distance. Although not fully accessible, the lookout would be manageable with a stroller and is only 100m from the parking. Park at P4 for the lookout and P3 for the tower. The second perk is that there are multiple trails and start points. You can enjoy a 100m stroll or a 1.5km elevation hike or 20+kms by combining trails. Last but not least, washrooms. There are washrooms (outhouses) at P2, P4, P5 along with flush toilet at the welcome centre during open hours.
These are the lands of the Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ, Kanienʼkehá꞉ka (Mohawk), Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin) people. It is important as avid hikers and stewards of the land, to acknowledge and understand the full story 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 email@example.com.
Parc des Montagnes Noires de Ripon is managed by the municipality.
39, chemin de la Montagne-Noire Ripon (Québec) J0V 1V0
Hwy 50 east until Thurso. Then take the 317 north to Ripon. Turn left on Chemin Montpellier and drive 4.7km. Turn on Chemin de la Montagne Noire and the park entrance is in 1km.
Large parking lot at trailhead.
Washrooms available at the parking lots P2, P4, P5.
Parc National des Montagnes Noires Trail #7: Although you can choose P3 and P4 for a much shorter route to the observation tower and lookout point, we chose to park at P2 and hike the full 3.4kms of trail #7 at Parc des Montagnes Noires de Ripon. This hike takes roughly 1.5hrs to complete, or maybe 2hr if you like soaking up the view like we do. The trail is extremely well marked and maintained. A wide enough path and no overgrowth. When hiking clockwise (recommended) the first km is with elevation and the only part of the trail that provides such a good leg workout. Once you reach the lookout, it’s straight across to the tower before a casual descent through the woods to the parking lot. You can find trail map signage at parking lots P1, P2, P3 and P5.
Mont Grand Pic Lookout: It’s a bum burner to hike up (but fun and manageable) but coming up to the break in the trees before the lookout you already know that it’s going to good. And it is. Amazing really. A beautiful spot with a shelter, platform, and picnic table. You can judge the view for yourself, and if you look closely, you’ll see Mont Tremblant in the distance.
Mont Grand Pic Tower: Leaving the lookout, we continued on the trail hiking clockwise towards the observation tower. Standing 12m in height, this is the only tower in Parc National des Montagnes Noires and by far it’s crown jewel. A good amount of stairs, the new structure is fantastic with platforms every few flights offering a rest point. Keep climbing though, because that 360′ panoramic view is worth it in spades.