Les Éboulements hiking trail consists of the Louis-Charles-Audet and Le Paysan trails
Le Paysan trail (9.1 km round trip) travels a few farm roads allowing for looking at sheep, when in the fields, from up close and personal. It criss-crosses a forest of conifers, then climbs a mountain. The belvedere on top shows agricultural fields, the village of Les Éboulements, Isle-aux-Coudres and the St. Lawrence River. The viewpoint at the summit, to the North, somewhat reveals the villages of Saint-Hilarion and Notre-Dame-des-Monts, and the Mont du Lac des Cygnes, Mont Du Four, Mont Eudore-Fortin and Mont des Morios. The trail starts from behind the sheep pen.
Sometimes, crossing fields, sometimes hugging them, the Louis-Charles-Audet trail (6.2 km round trip) also goes through the forest and revels viewpoints on the relief and the St. Lawrence River. Softly climbing at the start, it then descends towards the river. At the end of the trail, a belvedere with benches, presents a view of the river, to rest before the ascent. runs occasionally through the woods, but mostly through the fields. It goes slightly up at the beginning, then comes down to the River. At the trail’s end, a lookout furnished with benches proposes a view on the River. Be careful of the 65 m cliff giving a view on the railroad below. The layout of the trail is often shared with VTT, no traffic, these are landowners circulating.
From Baie-Saint-Paul, take Route 362 East to the village of Les Éboulements. The trails’ starting point is at the Resto-Boutique La Table, 2593, route du Fleuve (River Road, Route 362). The parking lot from where start the trails, in summer, is behind the farm buildings. Follow the signage opposite the silos. In the wintertime, park in front of the silos, do not block circulation of farm machinery.
- Be careful : giant hogweed plants, a highly toxic plant, were identified along the trail. It can go up to 2.5 meters high, its toothed leaves are divided between 1 to 3 leaflets and its small white flowers are arranged in umbels. Avoid touching them;
- Be careful during the hunting season.
It is always important to get information from the trail manager before going hiking.