Sainte-Victoire la Croix de Provence

Sainte-Victoire is a highlight of Provence for hikers and climbers.

Before you start, make sure access to the massif is allowed because a regulation is applicable from 1 June to 30 September which and can limit access hours. See the link below:

Technical sheet
No. 4098663
A Vauvenargues walk posted on 11/05/13 by djhoward. Update : 11/12/18
Calculated time Calculated time: 6h00[?]
Distance Distance : 13.88km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 721m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 727m
Highest point Highest point : 1005m
Lowest point Lowest point : 361m
Difficult Difficulty : Difficult
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Sainte-Victoire (Massif)
Location Location : Vauvenargues (13126)
Starting point Starting point : N 43.553667° / E 5.583266°
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Start from the Cabassoles car park, just before Vauvenargues.
Go in the direction of Le Prieuré (GR9) on the Venturiers trail, which is very well marked so you can't to wrong! Count on about 1.5 hours of climbing.
Once at the Prieuré Sainte-Victoire (1), visit and admire the landscape, then climb the Croix de Provence (2), with a panoramic view as far as Marseille and the Mediterranean if it's not too cloudy.
NEThen continue along ridges to the signal, still on the GR9, then reach the Col Subéroque sometimes bordering the steep cliffs.
At the Col de Subéroque take the trail on the left that descending very steeply (green markers), which is the Sentier des Plaideurs (The "path of pleaders").
__The descent is very abrupt, with lots of rocks, so watch your knees, this is really quite difficult in my opinion!
When you get to the bottom, keep following the green route markers!
Before you arrive at the river "L'Infernet", take a small trail to the left for 50m after a pile of wood.
Then join a track after having crossed the river. Follow a yellow trail and turn left back to the car park!

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 374m
1 : km 4.39 - alt. 869m - Prieuré de la Sainte-Victoire
2 : km 4.54 - alt. 863m - Croix de Provence
3 : km 8.61 - alt. 915m
4 : km 10.61 - alt. 467m
5 : km 11.1 - alt. 458m
D/A : km 13.88 - alt. 374m

Useful Information

I advise you to take an IGN map, especially for the shortcut on the small trail.
Otherwise take water because there is none on the route, and it's best in the morning to avoid the heat.
When you arrive at the Bau de Vespres just before the col, you can people climbing on the flanks of the mountain, which is very popular among climbers.

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

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