An energetic loop in Sainte-Victoire leaving from the Saint-Ser car park. The climb up goes via the east of the Bau de l'Aigle and the descent back down is via the 'Pas du Clapier'.
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.
Park your vehicle at the Saint-Ser car park situated on the D17 between Saint-Antonin-sur-Bayon and Puyloubier.
(D/A) On leaving the Saint-Ser car park, go straight ahead on the path, which is well waymarked in Red, heading towards the Saint-Ser Chapel. After about 500 metres, you will meet a path waymarked in Green which heads off on the right.
(1) Follow this path which is no very longer well waymarked. No entry to this path was allowed for a time following landslides so a bit of caution is still required.
The path will climb for about 2km towards the ridges over a lot of scree in order to reach the ridge at Garagaï de Cagoloup where it meets the GR9.
GR Waymarking Red & White
(2) Once you've arrived at the ridge, take the GR to the left and follow it. After 500m, the GR passes by the Pic des Mouches (the highest point of the Sainte-Victoire massif) and its orientation table.
(3) Continue on the GR and go along the ridges for about 4km until you reach the path to the Pas du Clapier. The start of the path is not very visible - it is located between two cairns at the cliff edge. (see photo)
(4) Take the path on the left - it is still not very well waymarked, but the general direction is clear enough.
"Descending the Pas du Clapier is quite challenging, in just under one kilometre you will reach the path which goes along the bottom of the cliffs"
(5) Once at the bottom, take the path on the left which goes along the foot of the cliffs - this path is not really very difficult - before climbing up towards the Baudino refuge.
(6) Go around the building and cross the rocky scree to continue on the path. Go gently downhill for about 2km towards the Saint-Ser Chapel.
You will reach an intersection just before the Saint Ser Chapel (the Brown path comes to an end), take the Red path on the right (opposite you will see the start of the path leading to the Saint-Ser Chapel).
(7) Go down this path for about one kilometre until you reach the crossroads again (1), then take the same path as the outward leg to return to the Saint-Ser car park (D/A).
D/A : km 0 - alt. 403m
1 : km 0.46 - alt. 473m - Crossroads AR
2 : km 2.11 - alt. 953m - Garagaï de Cagoloup
3 : km 2.5 - alt. 990m - Pic des Mouches
4 : km 6.44 - alt. 957m - Ridge towards the Clapie Pass
5 : km 6.87 - alt. 751m - Pas du Clapie
6 : km 8.5 - alt. 777m - Baudino Refuge - Refuge Barthélémy Baudino
7 : km 10.3 - alt. 612m - Ermitage Crossroads - Ermitage Saint-Ser
D/A : km 11.5 - alt. 402m
Very difficult hike with high sections, and climbing up and down steep scree slopes.
"Attention", from 1 June to 30 September, access to the massif may be controlled. For further information, please visit: http://www.bouches-du-rhone.gouv.fr/Actu...
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(7) The Saint Ser Chapel
The Saint-Ser Chapel, dedicated to a hermit, stands a few hundred metres from the intersection. Many edifices have been built on this site since the 11th century.
A loop hike on the south side of Sainte-Victoire Montagne allowing access to the ridge via the Marbrière and the Brèche du Clapier (gap). The walk along the ridge towards the Croix de Provence offers splendid views. Descent via the Priory, the Pas du Berger and the Cézanne Shelter.
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:
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