On the heights of Mondragon

A walk without too many difficulties and numerous headlands along the route.

Technical sheet
No. 4098717
A Mondragon walk posted on 29/01/16 by djhoward. Update : 11/07/19
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h50[?]
Distance Distance : 8.35km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 154m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 147m
Highest point Highest point : 131m
Lowest point Lowest point : 43m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Mondragon (84430)
Starting point Starting point : N 44.234142° / E 4.712513°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3040OT
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Description

(D/A) Get to the Salle des Fêtes car park. Go around the roundabout and take the D152 opposite for about 20 meters.

(1) Take the path between the two rocks to your left. Go past the primary school on the left.

(2) Follow the track via the Chemin du Château, then that of the Genets (admire the Bollène side of the Rhone valley,the Diois mountains and the Prealps). Reach the viewing point under the high-voltage pylon.

.(3) Continue on the track that turns right and go past the Maison de Patatin.

(4) Start a large loop to the right, continue on the track and then down towards the D152.

(5) Cross it and go in the direction of Le Velobos. After about 100m, you'll get to a concrete track on your right.

.(6) Take this track (it is only concrete for 200m). Follow the track up to a fork and take the right-hand track. Walk through the valley until you reach a viewing point (of the southern part of the valley and the Forteresse de Mornas).

(7) Follow the track until the junction with the Chemin des Combes and turn right until you reach the junction of the Chemin de la Montagne, partially tarmacked for about 1 km.

(8) Turn right again and join a path through undergrowth for approximately 2km.

(9) Find the tarmac road through the Velobos neighbourhood, go left on a path and then on a new road to find point (6) before you join the D152.

(5) Turn left to walk down to the village, on approximately 500m of relatively busy road and then take the Chemin Fond between the green barriers (be careful, the beginning of the stairs has been removed), on a path section followed by tarmac. Return on the D152, which takes you back to the starting point (D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 43m
1 : km 0.07 - alt. 50m - Path after the roundabout
2 : km 0.3 - alt. 76m - Primary school
3 : km 1.04 - alt. 130m - Viewing point
4 : km 1.37 - alt. 125m - Maison de Patatin
5 : km 2.16 - alt. 101m - D152 junction
6 : km 2.36 - alt. 119m - Concrete track
7 : km 3.58 - alt. 92m - Viewing point
8 : km 4.69 - alt. 80m - Chemin de la Montagne
9 : km 5.13 - alt. 60m - Path through undergrowth
D/A : km 8.35 - alt. 43m

Useful Information

Pay attention to slippery rocks during the descents.
In season (September-February), observe frequent signs for hunting areas on this route.
This circuit is also accessible to mountain bikers (with helmets).
No water-filling points on the walk.
You can take a break in the landscaped woody area as you leave the Chemin Fond before the D152 shortly before the end of the walk.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 3040OT.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

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