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A view from the Burned Hill summit The trail towards Burned Hill summit
Burned Hill summit is only 300 metres tall, but access is easy and the inviting path is narrow, dense and green. From the summit, topped with a small stand of red oak, one can see the orchards on the mountain’s southern flank with all their bucolic charm as well as part of the Richelieu Valley. The forest here is much younger than elsewhere because the peak was ravaged by a forest fire in 1948—hence its name. One of Burned Hill’s claims to fame is the large-flowered roundleaf serviceberry, a very rare shrub in Quebec. Upon leaving the summit, the trail draws close to a pool inhabited by some 6,000 frogs. It’s worth making the trip to hear them in April, when their singing is particularly enthusiastic!
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