Parc National de la Gaspesie: Chic-Choc Circuit (4 days / 53 km)

Beauty of nature in chic choc circuit

This was a four day/three night backpacking trip totalling 53 km, with plenty of up and down exercise. It had great views from several mountain peaks, and combined forest hiking with exposed rock and barren tundra, and even involved crossing a snowpack (yes, in July!). This route is part of the International Appalachian Trail and can be combined into longer hikes, both inside the park or just as part of the much longer Appalachian Trail. 

Trip Completed: July 2022

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Le Huard (end of Route 11), Gaspesie National Park

Ending Point: Mont Albert Discovery and Visitor’s Center, Gaspesie National Park

Total Distance: 53 km

Elevation Gain: Absolute elevation loss is 325m. Total elevation change is approximately 3.6 km, with about 1.6 km of that being elevation gain over the course of the trail.

Duration: 4 days / 3 nights

Difficulty: Intermediate

Location

Gaspesie National Park (Parc National de la Gaspesie), Quebec.

Traditional Territory: This route takes place on the traditional territory of the Mi’kma’ki (source).

Maps & Resources

Guidebook: All information was available from the park website. For example, a description of the trails and lengths is available here.

Map: The map of trails is available from the park website.

Campsite Reservations: You need to book all campsites in advance. Reservations for the camping platforms are only by phone; call 1 800 665-6527.

Know Before You Go

Season: Summer. These trails are only accessible from July 1 to October 19 (2022 season).

Cell Reception: At the peaks of some mountains I got weak cell service. There was no service otherwise, including at the visitor’s center which has wifi only.

Water: There is water available at all camping sites (but must be filtered or otherwise purified). During each day’s hike, access to water was sporadic, as streams were seldom encountered especiall...

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