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Mont Jacques-Cartier. Photo : Jean-Pierre Huard

Top 5 – Highest Peaks to Hike in Gaspésie

Climb any of the 5 highest peaks in Gaspésie during a day hike in the Chic-Choc Mountains!

Mont Jacques-Cartier (1270 metres)

Located in the eastern part of parc national de la Gaspésie, Mount Jacques-Cartier is home to the only herd of caribou south of the St. Lawrence. With a bit of luck and patience, you may spot a few of these animals at the top of the mountain, at over 1000 metres in altitude, where they like to feed on tundra plants. The Mont-Jacques-Cartier trail is a difficult 8.3-km round-trip hike with an elevation gain of 465 metres that takes 4 to 5 hours. The trail is open from June 24 to September 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You must take a shuttle bus to the trailhead. Inquire about the schedule.

Mont Richardson (1180 metres)

Located in the McGerrigle sector, on the south side of the park, Mount Richardson is one of the park’s most stunning challenges. The Mont-Richardson trail is an expert-level 11.5-km round-trip hike with an elevation gain of 705 metres that takes about 6 hours. The trail is rocky and steep, but your efforts will be rewarded by a magnificent panoramic view of the surrounding peaks. Accessible from May 1 to November 30, this long hike is a great option in the spring or fall.

Mont Albert
Mont Albert. Photo: Roger St-Laurent, photographe

Mont Albert (1154 metres)

One of the park’s most popular trails, the Mont-Albert is often the first trail that visitors hike during their stay in this area. The view from the top is spectacular—the expression “a sea of mountains” takes on its full meaning here! You have two options: an 11.4-km round-trip hike to the top of the mountain, with an elevation gain of 850 metres, or a 17.4-km loop hike that takes from 6 to 8 hours. (Both are expert-level trails.) This mountain is only accessible from June 13 to September 30.

Mont Logan
Mont Logan. Photo: Mathieu Dupuis

Mont Logan (1150 metres)

Located on the western side of parc national de la Gaspésie, on the border between the park and the Réserve faunique de Matane, Mount Logan is accessible by shuttle bus from the park’s Discovery and Visitors Centre or by backpacking (with overnights in huts or campsites along the trail). Once at the top of the mountain, you can admire impressive views: the St. Lawrence and the wind turbines in Cap-Chat to the north and Mount Fortin, Mount Collins and Mount Matawees to the east. This mountain is only accessible from June 24 to October 12.

Mont Xalibu (1140 metres)

Also located in the McGerrigle sector, the Mont-Xalibu trail in parc national de la Gaspésie is a difficult 10.7-km round-trip hike with an elevation gain of 540 metres that takes 5 to 6 hours. In addition to a magnificent view from the top of the mountain, this trail gives you access to beautiful Lac aux Américains right from the start of your hike. The trail is open from June 13 to September 30.

Are you looking forward to climbing a mountain in a day in the Chic-Chocs? Be in the loop! Plan your trip at today. #gaspesie

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