The 2017 Trail

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Saturday February 11th, 2017 – Lachute to Montebello

SECTION 1 – 15.2 Km – EASY LEVEL

Beginning in Richelieu Park (NEW in 2017) in Lachute the trail then crosses the North river, gradually climbing into the hills. The next 5 km of trail follows a route that was established a few years ago to avoid the houses and roads of the expanding city of Lachute.After the trail crosses the Oasis Golf Course before joining the Municipality of Brownsburg-Chatham’s trail network. Continuing toward the north it eventually reconnects with the old trail 1.5 kilometers from the checkpoint.

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SECTION 2 – 13.9 KM – INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

The trail beginning at the Pruuli farm goes over undulating terrain with short climbs and descents, crosses several lakes and gradually climbs to a high point west of Lake Reardon. After descending to Pine Hill the trail goes through a mixture of open and wooded areas before coming out on to the Golf Course at Carling Lake.

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SECTION 3 – 18.8 KM – DIFFICULT LEVEL

Beginning at the bottom of the ski hill at Carling Lake and ending at the Rouge River this section has contributed to the widespread renown of the marathon with the seemingly endless ups and downs. The trail then follows a series of logging roads before descending to Kilmar Road. Climbing once again over several kilometers the trail reaches a plateau and crosses several ponds before beginning the long descent to the Rouge River.

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SECTION 4 – 19.4 KM – INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

This section of the marathon gradually climbs out of the Rouge River valley along the edge of woodlots then heads into the forest. Following old logging roads it crosses a creek at the end of Craig Lake before reaching the mini checkpoint at the Cyzmadia farm. The trail then enters the Kenauk Nature Reserve and climbs steadily to a high point where one can see Maholey lake far below to the left. The trail descends a long and fairly challenging hill before continuing on logging roads before crossing the Kinonge River on the bridge that was built by CSM volunteers many years ago. Following the Kinonge River Valley for 5 kilometers the trail then climbs and crosses several smaller valleys before arriving at the checkpoint at the clay shoot a few kilometers before the entrance to the Reserve.

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SECTION 5 – 15.6 KM / 14.2 KM CDB GOLD – INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

The trail passes through the forest and descends quickly onto the road at the next bridge that crosses the river. The trail hugs the side of the road for about one kilometer and then leaves the Kenauk Reserve and crosses through open farmland. With several short but steep climbs and descents the trail winds its way towards Montebello. Gold Coureur des Bois, your camp for the night is on the right. All other skiers continue into town, skiing on the closed street until the fun finish at the St-Michel elementary school.

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Sunday February 12th, 2017 – Montebello to Gatineau

SECTION 6 – 14,7 KM – EASY LEVEL

Day 2 begins at Gold Camp for every one (NEW in 2017) with a gradual climb from Montebello before reaching a height of land and a gradual descent to the Petite Nation River. Here the snowmobile club graciously shares their trail and bridge with you the skiers. Following open fields between forested hills this section of the trail is particularly striking. The second half of the section flattens out before reaching the checkpoint at highway 321, north of Papineauville.

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SECTION 7 – 20.5 KM – INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

This section follows gently rolling terrain with one larger peak, across fields and small woodlots and right through the yards of several farms. The first half of the section is more rolling as the trail crosses several small ridges and follows the edges of waterways. The second half of the section consists of several kilometers of flat terrain through farmers’ fields before a final climb through open fields to a height of land and wonderful views. The section ends with a gradual descent to the checkpoint in the village of St. Sixte.

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SECTION 8 – 16.0 KM – INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

With a long gradual climb up onto an escarpment, the trail follows forestry roads owned by the Lauzon hardwood flooring company onto a forested undulating plateau. In the second half of the section there is a long descent into the _elds of a pretty valley and continues gently through the forest and more fields before reaching the checkpoint at the Mayo Park.

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SECTION 9 – 13.0 KM – EASY LEVEL

This section continues through farmers’ fields and woodlots and there is a tricky descent at the mini checkpoint before crossing the La Blanche River. The trail continues on terrain that is rolling with gentle ups and downs and no real surprises.

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SECTION 10 – 14.3 KM – INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

This section is rolling for the first kilometer, then climbs a steep hill which will test your skills before the trail levels out. Winding its way through a rugged forest this section offers very nice skiing with lots of ups and downs but no major technical challenges and is networked with the “Renards Blancs” cross-country ski club trails. During the last few kilometers the trail exits the forest, goes through a tunnel under the new highway, crosses the Buckingham Golf Course to finish directly at the Hormisdas-Gamelin High Schools (NEW in 2017).

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