The high point of Basse-Ardèche, this promontory (719 m) offers a beautiful panorama of the Cévennes, Mont Lozère, the Alps, the Baronnies, Mont Ventoux and the Ridge of Montmirail.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(1) From the car park next to the school, in front of the hunters’ lodge, follow the asphalt road north to then find and take the path on the left, sometimes on the road, sometimes on the trail .
Arrive at and follow a small road (2) and head right (along the cemetery on the left.
At the next crossing (3) cross the road and continue towards the hamlet of Bréchon.
Follow this small road, keeping right until the next junction at the hamlet of La Rouvière (4). Turn right on this small road. Continue to the entrance of the hamlet of Reynouard (5), turn right, continue for about 250 m and turn left (6) first on a paved road, which then becomes a track and thereafter joins the Eyrole Pass.
Leave on the left the GR that comes from the hamlet of Hellys () 7 and continue until Eyrole Pass (8).
A few metres before the pass, head past the hunters’ shelter, to the right, open to all, and head up on the right by a narrow passage through a rocky ridge, to reach the plateau (and a beautiful view).
(9) Leave the plateau, heading due north: the view is drawn to the north gate, to the basalts of Coiron and the village of Mirabel. Pass below a rocky cirque. At the next junction, turn right, (10) and follow the GR towards Gogne. Head onto the small road to Gogne at a track/road junction (11).
Head right towards the beautiful hamlet of Gogne to then turn right (12) on a path leading down to Gras. Further below this trail has suffered erosion due to runoff and the many motor vehicles passing throguh, but is still walkable. Cross the intermittent stream under a collapsed bridge (13) before returning to Gras with a beautiful balcony trail over a limestone slab.
In gras: remains of medieval castle and ramparts, former watchtower, Romanesque chapel... Take the road in the direction of Valvignières for about 300 m before turning right at the first fork, then continue on this small road, passing between the houses. At the next intersection, cross the road and take a wide path to reach the Mas de Gras. At the first intersection, turn right on the D262, follow it for about 380 m then take a left path back to the starting point.
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 1204ft - School car park (former Fauniscope)
1 : mi 0.51 - alt. 1253ft - small road
2 : mi 0.64 - alt. 1280ft - crossroads
3 : mi 1.24 - alt. 1339ft - La Rouvière crossroads
4 : mi 1.65 - alt. 1444ft - hamlet of Reynouard
5 : mi 1.77 - alt. 1473ft - fork towards the Eyrole Pass
6 : mi 2.13 - alt. 1722ft - fork of the GR route
7 : mi 2.72 - alt. 2008ft - Eyrole Pass
8 : mi 3.14 - alt. 2270ft - Dent de Rez and marker
9 : mi 3.32 - alt. 2297ft - fork
10 : mi 4.61 - alt. 1447ft - branching of paths and the small road to Gogne
11 : mi 4.81 - alt. 1529ft - fork to the right
12 : mi 5.83 - alt. 1047ft - cross the collapsed old bridge over the stream
D/A : mi 8.32 - alt. 1204ft
Hunters’ shelter in Eyrole Pass: This shelter is open to all; it is equipped with chairs and tables (8).
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Gogne, a pretty hamlet (11).
Gras: formerly an “enclosed city" with medieval ramparts and ruins.
A splendid medieval village, a hermit and his cave, a valley in the limestone hills and the views of the Rhône Valley and Mont Ventoux.
Prepare yourself for a nice, family-friendly hike, which will suit everyone.
Between Vallon-Pont-d'Arc and Saint-Remèze, this hike should be done mid-season before it become too difficult to park in "gorges de l'Ardèche" after Pont-d'Arc.The walk offers beautiful view points over the Ardèche and Tiourre valleys, the Saint-Remèze plateau then Pont-d'Arc on the trip back.
A walk amid holm oaks along the capricious Ibie river, whose water doesn’t always flow overground.
A very fine walk in the heart of the Ardèche Gorge. You will have to descend a combe and follow the river along a path, with a small section fitted with ropes and ladders. You will admire a succession of corries, cliffs, little caves, rocks, pinnacles, rapids, sandy
and pebble beaches. The cliffs are home to many birds.
You climb up again to the plateau by another fine valley, affording very impressive views of the gorge and the loops of the river .
From the banks of Ardèche, to the balconies of Salavas, but fairly challenging in the bed of Rieussec. There are stringing points.
ATTENTION: Some sections can quickly become very dangerous for hikers who are ill-equipped or not trained for this kind of more technical hike. Therefore, please take care.
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