Parc des Montagnes Noires de Ripon: Trail Report

“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.

Suggested Stops

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.

Important Insights

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.

Land Acknowledgement

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 victoria@girlgonegood.com.

Land Management

Parc des Montagnes Noires de Ripon is managed by the municipality.

Suggested Stops

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.

GPS Coordinates

45.807412369891885, -75.16194267316989

Street Address

39, chemin de la Montagne-Noire Ripon (Québec) J0V 1V0

Directions

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.

Parking

Large parking lot at trailhead.

Cell Reception

Yes

Washrooms

Washrooms available at the parking lots P2, P4, P5.

Accessibility

No

Trail Details

Entrance Fee

10

Hours of Operation

All seasons. Open dawn to dusk daily.

Trail Map

Available from the municipality.

Trailhead

Located at the parking lot.

Number of Trails

14

Total Distance (km)

24

Elevation Gain (m)

140

Cell Reception

Yes

Features

Woodlands, Picnic Area

Activities

Hiking, Birding, Snowshoeing, Skiing, Geocaching, xCountry Skiing, Mountain Biking, Fat Biking

Dogs

Permitted on-leash.