A long hike across the Vercors Highlands ("Hauts Plateaux du Vercors"), to reach the Grand Veymont. Breath-taking view of the entire Vercors massif and Mont Aiguille.
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.
Start point: The "Maison Forestière (Forest House) de la Coche".
Head towards "La Maison Forestière de Pré Grandu".
When you reach the forest house, take a left following Combeau forest road ("Route Forestière de Combeau"), towards "Jasse de la Chau".
Walk by "Jasse de la Chau" towards "Pas de la Ville".
At the "Pas de la Ville" intersection, turn right heading towards the "Grand Veymont" summit.
From the summit, carry-on downhill following "Pas des Chattons".
Once you've reached "Pas des Chattons", turn right towards "La Grande Cabane Bergerie" 3 km ahead.
Take another right when you get to "La Grande Cabane Bergerie", taking you to the "Baraque de Gerland", 2.5 km further.
Finally, take the Rachier forest road ("Route forestière de Rachier") which will bring you back to the forest houses, first the "Maison Forestière of Pré Grandu" and then the "Maison Forestière de la Coche" where you parked your car.
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 4488ft
1 : mi 0.46 - alt. 4524ft
2 : mi 2.14 - alt. 4879ft
3 : mi 3.79 - alt. 5351ft
4 : mi 4.78 - alt. 6345ft
5 : mi 5.84 - alt. 7582ft - Le Grand Veymont
6 : mi 6.86 - alt. 6171ft
7 : mi 8.6 - alt. 5128ft
8 : mi 9.43 - alt. 5039ft
9 : mi 12.23 - alt. 4518ft
D/A : mi 12.56 - alt. 4491ft
Few water points along the highlands.
Leave early in order to finish the hike within the day.
The hike is less demanding if planned over 2 days; overnight camping authorized in the "Parc Naturel Régional du Vercors" from 5 pm to 9 am.
Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.
Vassieux en Vercors and its "Musée de la Résistance".
The Luire cave.
Global average : 4.67/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 5/5
Global average : 4.67 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good
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