Round the base of Pariou and half-way round Puy de Dôme

A classic in the Chaîne des Puys to admire Puy de Dôme and Le Puy de Pariou, amongst others.

Technical sheet
No. 4098765
A Orcines walk posted on 13/04/14 by k@t. Update : 22/05/19
Calculated time Calculated time: 5h30[?]
Distance Distance : 13.94km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 531m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 525m
Highest point Highest point : 1415m
Lowest point Lowest point : 969m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Massif central, Chaîne des Puys
Location Location : Orcines (63870)
Starting point Starting point : N 45.80343° / E 2.987274°
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Description

Start from the car park of Les Goules (after La Fontaine du Berger - Orcines).
Follow the yellow markers (Circuit of Le Pariou).
At the first junction, continue straight ahead (rather than following the sign on the right which goes to the summit of Le Pariou) following the return path of the circuit of Puy de Pariou. On arriving at the foot of the stairs descending from Le Pariou go straight on in the direction of Le Puy de Dôme, ignoring the path to the Petit and Grand Suchet on your right.
Arriving at Le Traversin (possibilty of topping up with water at the fountain) go to the right, in the opposite direction to the path round Puy de Dôme, and take the GR.
On arrival at the Col de Ceyssat (drinking water) ascend towards Le Chemin des Muletiers.
Le Chemin des Muletiers takes you to the top of Puy de Dôme.
Walk past the station and by the railway line and go down the road.
Take the Chemin des Chèvres on the right. It consists of a wooden stairway.
At the bottom of the stairs, continue straight ahead, with Le Pariouon on view ahead.
When you arrive at Le Traversin, carry on along the return path, identical to the outward route.
Return to the car park of Les Goules.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 975m
1 : km 2.33 - alt. 1092m
2 : km 3.4 - alt. 1126m
3 : km 6.62 - alt. 1080m - Le col de Ceyssat
4 : km 9.13 - alt. 1351m - Puy de Dôme
D/A : km 13.94 - alt. 976m

Useful Information

Fountains at Le Traversin and at the Col de Ceyssat.

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

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When the weather's on your side magnificent views of the Puys de Dôme, Pariou de Côme and all their satellites.
To improve the steep climb of the Chemin des Muletiers, superb clear views of Sancy.

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