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  1. Alpes du Sud planned a mountain bike ride.

    June 30, 2021

    01:59
    10.9 mi
    5.5 mph
    2,150 ft
    2,150 ft
    ralph_huber and tts like this.
    1. Alpes du Sud

      This appealing mountain bike round trip from Barcelonnette rewards you after a long ascent with a wonderful view from the 1,850 meter high Bonnet Vert of the Ubaye valley. The following descent through the forest is just magical.You start in Barcelonnette, the picturesque main town of the Ubaye Valley. There are about nine kilometers ahead of you, first on a narrow road and then over a wide slope, which is quite a challenge with an average gradient of seven percent. When you arrive at Bonnet Vert, you will be amazed by the great view of the valley towards Bouzoliéres, Faucon and La Sauze.The descent through the forest takes place on an often narrow and sometimes exposed trail, but can be done without any problems with basic technical knowledge. Then you cross the Torrent du Bourget at the height of Le Bourget, first drive towards Faucon-de-Barcelonnette and finally reach your starting point again. In Barcelonnette you will find many restaurants and bars where you can take a little break after the delightful round.

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      • July 7, 2021

  2. Alpes du Sud planned a hike.

    June 30, 2021

    02:17
    4.45 mi
    2.0 mph
    825 ft
    850 ft
    1. Alpes du Sud

      You hike through the Gyr Valley, always with a view of the high granite walls, up to the old Alpine hamlet of Ailefroide. In summer this wonderful place is a popular destination for hikers and climbers, because the air is quite cool due to its location.The circular hike starts in Les Claux at the hydroelectric power station. It was built in 1935 and is still in use. A museum room has been set up in the building, where you can learn a lot of interesting facts about the history of the factory and about the water and electricity supply in the region.On a beautiful, in parts even paved path, you hike through larch forests to the chalets of Serre and Pra Chapel, cross an avalanche corridor and finally reach the first houses above Ailefroide. You always have the grandiose mountains around the valley and the mountain village in view and if you are lucky, you will also see the pair of eagles that have been breeding in the valley of Ailefroide for several years.In Ailefroide you cross the bridge to the other side of the Torrent du Saint-Pierre and walk through the village in its entire length. The way back now leads you back to Les Claux on the opposite side of the valley.

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      • July 7, 2021

  3. Alpes du Sud planned a hike.

    June 30, 2021

    03:31
    5.96 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,200 ft
    1. Alpes du Sud

      The Lauzanier Valley is of glacial origin and until the last century it was heavily used for agriculture. Above all, pastures and hay meadows dominated the valley and favored the emergence of a great variety of plants. For example, from July you can admire large areas with the queen of the Alps, the blue alpine thistle, in many places.You start the hike there and back at the parking lot of Le Pont Rouge, in the middle of the Mercantour National Park. The information boards set up here give you a first, very good overview of the area. The path accompanies the Ubayette and gently rises. It is quite possible that you will meet the shepherd of the Eyssalp with his herd along the way, because he regularly lets them graze in the valley. But you will definitely see one of the many marmots that live here in a large population and only have to be afraid of the eagles.The path now becomes a little steeper until you reach the Lac de Lauzanier with its shimmering water surface. A small, open church stands picturesquely on the edge of the bank. Here you can pause for a moment and let this wonderful landscape work its magic on you. The way back to the starting point then follows the same route.

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      • July 7, 2021

  4. Alpes du Sud planned a hike.

    June 30, 2021

    02:02
    3.73 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,150 ft
    dr.ekki, B S and 2 others like this.
    1. Alpes du Sud

      The Lac du Pontet lies at an altitude of 1,982 meters on the northern slope of the Romanche Valley. The view from up here of the glaciers and peaks of the Meije is stunning. The mood is most beautiful when the mountains are bathed in a very special light as the sun sets and the silence is almost tangible.This easy, around six kilometer long circular hike starts in Villar-d’Arêne, one of the two main towns in the Romanche Valley with its beautiful 19th-century church and a historic mill. After about a kilometer you will reach the small Chapelle Saint-Antoine from 1672. From here you have a great view over the valley of the Romanche.Through Les Cours it now goes in a large arc up to the Lac du Pontet. If you hike here at the right time of year, you will see large plants with yellow flowers all over the meadows. It is the yellow gentian of which the ancients say that the height of the plant indicates the strength of the snow next winter.The Lac du Pontet and the wonderful landscape invite you to linger: Take a little break, enjoy your picnic and let this wonderful atmosphere and tranquility affect you. You then return to Villar-d’Arêne via the small hamlets of le Chazalet and le Chardoucier.

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      • July 7, 2021

  5. Alpes du Sud planned a hike.

    June 30, 2021

    05:43
    7.74 mi
    1.4 mph
    3,550 ft
    3,550 ft
    Tee, Jidu Pasqualini and 6 others like this.
    1. Alpes du Sud

      The beautiful Lacs du Malrif lie under a wide sky and in the midst of a grandiose panorama at an altitude of about 2,600 meters. In order to hike it, your mountain qualities are required, because on this round-trip tour you have to overcome around 1,100 meters in altitude in each direction. You need sturdy shoes, weatherproof clothing and a little surefootedness. And of course water. Lots of water, because there are hardly any ways to refill your water bottle during the hike.You start in Aiguilles and leave the place on a hiking trail running north. The valley of the Guil opens up in front of you and the view extends to the summit of the Bucher with the Pointe de la Saume and the Pic d’Escreins in the background. After about two kilometers you will see one of the small chapels on the mountainside above you, which were built by Louis XIV to anchor Catholicism in this area. In all of these chapels, the bell tower was integrated into the wall, the choir facing east and the roof covered with slate.Over the Serre de l'Aigle it goes steadily uphill and the views of the surrounding peaks and valleys are breathtaking. Finally you will reach the Lac du Grand Laus, the largest of the three lakes. Take your time to enjoy the special atmosphere and the deep tranquility of this wonderful place.From here the hike goes back on the same path to the starting point. If you like, you can plan a little excursion to Lac Mezan and Lac du Petit Laus before returning. To do this, turn left, cross a small stream and follow the hiking trail a short distance, because the three glacial lakes of the Malrif are only a few hundred meters away from each other.

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      • July 7, 2021

  6. Alpes du Sud planned a hike.

    June 30, 2021

    04:44
    7.23 mi
    1.5 mph
    2,525 ft
    2,550 ft
    Uwe, Chan Cheung and 7 others like this.
    1. Alpes du Sud

      This varied hike takes you to the Aiguilles de Chabrières, which are located in alpine terrain at an altitude of over 2,300 meters. On this hike you will overcome about 780 meters in altitude and will be rewarded with fantastic views of the Gapençais and the Réallon Valley.The starting point is the station de Ski de Réallon. You first walk on the forest path towards Joubelle and then turn right. It goes steadily uphill until you leave the forest after two and a half kilometers and then hike in the open landscape on the ridge to the mountain station of the Chabrières chairlift. We continue, always with great views of the Gapenca basin, to the Breche de Chabrières. The short, stony detour to the summit begins here. You need a little surefootedness and a head for heights for the way - and of course your camera, because the view from up here is stunning.In a large arc you now walk around the karst landscape of the Ukane down to the Rougnus plateau. If you are out and about in the spring, you will notice the blue and purple carpets made of cow bells, which give the atmosphere of the mountain meadows a special charm. You may also see some of the native chamois with their black horns when they forage in small herds in the Ecrins massif.Soon you will reach the ski slopes and finally the starting point in the ski resort Réallon.

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      • July 7, 2021

  7. Alpes du Sud planned a mountain bike ride.

    June 30, 2021

    1. Alpes du Sud

      This short mountain bike tour takes you through the valley of Molines-en-Queyras and offers you wonderful views of the valleys of the Aigue Blanche and the Guil. With the exception of a small and somewhat steep section through the forest, you will roll along simple paths in the open landscape.The tour starts at the parking lot of the Chanterane Bridge and leads you first through the small town of Pierre-Grosse and then always along the mountainside of Gaudissaro. As everywhere, the supply of water is essential for survival. The Canal de Pierre, through which the distribution was organized, was mentioned as early as the 14th century. Supervised by a priest, the maintenance of the irrigation towers and the allocation of water were taken care of. The payment for the valuable liquid was usually made in the form of grains of rye or money.You will soon reach a small piece of forest, at the end of which a great view of the Guil Valley awaits you. It now goes down into the valley of the Aigue Agnelle and on to the small town of Molines-en-Queyras. The farmer's and shepherd's village, with its church a little outside, lives from the hospitality industry today. However, it has retained its original character in many places and on a tour you will discover some historic farms and an old bread oven.After just a few kilometers you are back at your starting point near the Chanterane campsite.

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      • July 7, 2021

  8. Alpes du Sud planned a mountain bike ride.

    June 30, 2021

    01:30
    14.4 mi
    9.6 mph
    1,225 ft
    1,225 ft
    Nepaliflat, dr.ekki and 2 others like this.
    1. Alpes du Sud

      On this very beautiful mountain bike tour you will discover the valleys around Orpierre, a small town with barely more than 400 inhabitants. You start at about 700 meters altitude and conquer another 380 meters altitude during the round tour. The only difficult part awaits you at the Col de Pierre Vesce after a quite strenuous climb, because you need a little experience and safety for the steep and winding descent. If the weather conditions are good, this tour can be used all year round.You start in the mountain village of Orpierre, which is surrounded by high cliffs. In the town center it has retained its medieval character in the small squares and winding streets and is highly recommended for a short walk before or after your tour.The route follows the valley of the Torrent de Villebois for a few kilometers and you finally reach the small hamlet of Villebois-les-Pins. From here the steep driveway to the 1,056 meter high Col de Pierre Vesce begins with its great and wide view of the surrounding region.Three and a half kilometers further, after the technically somewhat more demanding descent, you will reach Laborel a good 200 meters below. If you like, you can take a short break in the local bar and then roll back to Orpierre along the course of the Céans.

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      • July 7, 2021

  9. Alpes du Sud planned a hike.

    June 30, 2021

    05:53
    8.19 mi
    1.4 mph
    4,225 ft
    4,225 ft
    1. Alpes du Sud

      The Pic de Bure is located at a height of 2,700 meters in the magnificent landscape of the Dèvoluy massif. The hike is a sporty challenge, because you climb almost 1,300 meters up and back down on the approximately 13-kilometer round trip on stony paths. You walk through Mediterranean forests, stone fields, rocks and a moon plateau. Sounds good to you? Then lace up your sturdy hiking boots, pack weatherproof clothing and provide yourself with enough water and provisions.You start at the Sauva's parking lot and now climb steadily uphill. First it goes through pine and later through larch forest with breathtaking views of the Sauvas forest and the valley of Petit Buëch.At the pass the picture changes and you are now walking through a landscape of stones, gravel and rocks. On the Bure plateau, not unlike a lunar landscape, the parabolic antennas of the Franco-German observatory for radio astronomy are visible. Here you turn right for the last ascent to the summit and, when you have reached it, you will be rewarded with a sensational view.For the way back you hike the same route back - this time with a different perspective, but also with great views.

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      • July 7, 2021

  10. Alpes du Sud planned a hike.

    June 30, 2021

    1. Alpes du Sud

      A surprising side of the Ecrin massif can be seen in the Champsaur glacier valley: the old cultural landscape with the fields, meadows and forests enclosed in beech and ash hedges is beautiful and so very different from the otherwise rugged rocks and deep valleys of the massif.You start the short walk in the small hamlet of Beaurepaire and hike along a themed path that explains the flora and fauna as well as the historical agricultural work methods of the Bocage du Champsaur on information boards. The hedges were planted to protect the crops from the cold north wind that often blows through the valley and from drying out, and the summer water shortage was countered by building water channels, some of which are still in service today.While you look over the valley and let this unique landscape affect you, you hear the singing of the birds or the babbling of the small canals - and it is not uncommon for a fox or a deer to cross your path. Magical.

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      • July 7, 2021