Puech Pounchut

This walk is located on the north side of the Aigoual massif in the Cevennes.
At the summit of the hike you will have a beautiful view of the Causse Mejean and the Valley of Jonte. On a clear day looking west you can see the Millau viaduct.

Technical sheet
No. 149
A Meyrueis walk posted on 16/01/11 by salvinsac. Update : 23/03/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h40[?]
Distance Distance : 8.91km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 395m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 338m
Highest point Highest point : 1108m
Lowest point Lowest point : 754m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Cévennes, Massif central
Location Location : Meyrueis (48150)
Starting point Starting point : N 44.195142° / E 3.455758°
Arrival Arrival : N 44.193382° / E 3.456698°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 2640OT, 2641ET
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Description

From the La Cascade camping site.

(S/F) Take the forest track that climbs to the right into the forest.
After 200 m, at the platform, take the track on the left and reach a junction 500 m further on.

(1) Turn right and follow the path up the ridge trail (GR66). Turn left continuing to climb gently.

(2) Pass a path on the left and reach a crossroads. Continue uphill to follow the markings.

(3) Arrive at the foot of the small summit dominated by an antenna, leave the GR and the big track to take the path on your left that takes you to the summit of Puech Pounchut (4) with its beautiful 360° panoramic view.

To return, retrace your steps back via the crossroads (3) as far as the exit of the first forest, then leave the main track and take the path that heads down to the right (2) following the sheep enclosure.

At the end of the fence continue going straight following the ridge at the bottom of the steep descent (150 m long), then take the forest track on the left and follow it downhill until you reach the path you took on the way in.

(1) Follow the outbound path back down to the camping site (S/F).

Waypoints :
D : km 0 - alt. 754m
1 : km 0.55 - alt. 803m - Turn right
2 : km 3.88 - alt. 1002m - Pass by a path on the left, continue
3 : km 5.14 - alt. 1081m - Leave the GR route
4 : km 5.56 - alt. 1104m - Puech Pounchut
A : km 8.91 - alt. 805m

Useful Information

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 2640OT, 2641ET.

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

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