Altitude: 875 m (2,871 ft)
Trailhead: 555 Ch de Coaticook, East Hereford
Trail used: Sentier Neil-Tillotson
Elevation gain: 490 m (1,608 ft)
Distance: 12.4 km (7.8 mi) round trip
Price: Free for hikers
– Two slopes available for backcountry skiing
You live in southern Quebec and you are still looking for snow? No need to drive 3 hours to find it… Today, we drove less than 45 minutes to find ourselves in the middle of winter! Where? At Hereford Mountain! Pratically unknown and located 5 minutes from the American border, you will find a pretty mountain that is worth discovering, especially in winter!
You will find a small parking lot to the right of the road about 15 minutes from Coaticook. Access is free, so enjoy! From the start, you can stop along a stream and admire the Donat falls. On this morning, it was great relaxing!
The mountain does not have a huge drop and the trail is relatively long, so the trail is not very steep. The climb is spread over a long distance, so I hesitate to call the hike easy, but since there is no steep part, I can’t put the intermediate level trail. Only know that it takes more than 12 km to make the round trip.
As you can see here, most of the trail is fairly flat.
Then after a good 2 hours of walk, you get into the boreal forest where you can enjoy the landscape and especially the snow!
On this Sunday morning, we were the first to walk to this place! This really shows how this mountain is still unknown!
Then we finally reach the summit where the trees become rarer! A real Appalachian mountains landscape!
The view is not huge but still charming! We can say that we are really in winter here! To say that 15 minutes away in Coaticook, is still on the lawn!
We take the time to photograph and even film the landscape!
There is not really 360 degree view, but it’s worth it! It is really nice. Note for nature purists, there is a gravel road that goes up to the top as well as a communication tower. But, you just have to look elsewhere and the frosted landscape is magnificent!
So, we do not stay too much at the summit because the wind is rather chilly!
Here we go back to the trees.
For backcountry skiing lovers, you will be happy to know that Circuits Fontières have just opened 2 slopes for pow lovers! You can find more information on their website: http://circuitsfrontieres.com/en/