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Pelchat trail to Les Escoumins or Forestville

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Hey GuyZ and Galz

No-Hair wants to take the Pelchat to Les Escoumins and then go up to Forestville. Is it worth it to go up to Forestville?

Is it scenic? Worth it?

Let me know.

Thanks

GutZ

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There is a trail out of La Chapel that'll bring you direct to Forestville. You could then loop back through Escoumins of visa versa.

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It is a dotted line in parts? makes me concerned.....

But a nice idea!

I'll put it by No-Hair!

Thanks

GutZ

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4 hours ago, 800steve said:

Dont worry about the dotted lines, Im sure someone in your group knows a shortcut. Dont they?

I'm sure they will..... Help!

GutZ

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10 hours ago, Trailblazer said:

There is a trail out of La Chapel that'll bring you direct to Forestville. You could then loop back through Escoumins of visa versa.

Do you need extra skis for that loop? 😂

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As TB says, that would be a great loop, and is all groomed except the short Portnuef river crossing. Take this highlighted trail to Forestville and Trail 3 back would be nice. Some of the best scenery are the valley runs down the Portneuf river trail( highlighted) and the orange trail that runs north of Forestville to Le Chenail. A beautiful ride in both situations

 

Happy trails

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From what I understand, Benoit and Fred at Le Chenail are working on making a loop trail that also connects to the Pelchat trail. Somewhere in this area maybe?  C220BA04-6DD1-47F1-A567-56C3987B5A0D.thumb.jpeg.e99d7e3b76dd92b02a1e1930cad9fccc.jpeg but stay tuned!

That will make a great loop to Forestville than!

RR

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3 hours ago, RoadRunner said:

As TB says, that would be a great loop, and is all groomed except the short Portnuef river crossing. Take this highlighted trail to Forestville and Trail 3 back would be nice. Some of the best scenery are the valley runs down the Portneuf river trail( highlighted) and the orange trail that runs north of Forestville to Le Chenail. A beautiful ride in both situations

 

Happy trails

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Can this trail be done without extra fuel? How much time does it take? 

 

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Looks like 193km (120mi) using the fcmq interactive map. Forestville to Kilometer 31.  That is quite a stretch if anything goes wrong, ie ungroomed. 

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19 minutes ago, smclelan said:

Looks like 193km (120mi) using the fcmq interactive map. Forestville to Kilometer 31.  That is quite a stretch if anything goes wrong, ie ungroomed. 

my bad i was under the impression it was groomed according to the previous posts

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It very well could be, however if you head through and it snowed the day before and the groomer hasn't been out yet. Expect the unexpected. 

That said, most sleds can do 120 miles on a tank of fuel. 

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26 minutes ago, smclelan said:

It very well could be, however if you head through and it snowed the day before and the groomer hasn't been out yet. Expect the unexpected. 

That said, most sleds can do 120 miles on a tank of fuel. 

Sm, is right ! Expect the unexpected!  . you can’t take anything for granted, but all sections of that trail will have been groomed at some point, but probably do not fall into the category of “regular grooming”.

Always good to call ahead and check with the Portneuf sur mer club and Hotel Pelchat to find out when it was groomed last.  Also the river crossing is not marked well with signage, so you might be better to continue on the west side of the Portneuf river, which is groomed as well,  this trail intersects trail 3 at Portneuf Sur mer, adds approx 10miles. there is gas at Portneuf sur mer, so if you gas there you should be in the 110 mile range, than making your total trip into Forestville  in the 130 mile range. 

 

If you average speed is 30 mph, it would take you a little over 4hours   Plus breaks,

if your average speed is 20 mph, it would be a little over 6 hours ,   plus breaks

Those uncomfortable with that range, probably should stay to the trails that are more traveled and serviced.

Happy trails

RR

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Thank you, that is the kind of info i am looking for. Other than the river crossing, is the rest signed enough to get by? We travelled the 93 last year but are looking to do a different route this year if possible unless the scenery is not better than 93. Our trip last year totalled 2918 km over a period of 10 days.

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Twin, It is signed at both ends, and signed At the jct with the  Pelchat trail,   hand written signs if I recall, not traditional Quebec trail signage

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On ‎1‎/‎13‎/‎2018 at 8:41 AM, RoadRunner said:

From what I understand, Benoit and Fred at Le Chenail are working on making a loop trail that also connects to the Pelchat trail. Somewhere in this area maybe?  C220BA04-6DD1-47F1-A567-56C3987B5A0D.thumb.jpeg.e99d7e3b76dd92b02a1e1930cad9fccc.jpeg but stay tuned!

That will make a great loop to Forestville than!

RR

Iceman and Playhard did this shortcut back to La Chapel a couple years ago from Le Chenail, Benoit  gave them the directions, pretty straight forward from what I heard but all off trail in forest roads.

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