Saturday, May 14, 2011

Mourre Negre and the Grand Luberon Ridge

This is the ultimate experience of the Grand Luberon ridge. You walk up near the peak of Mourre Negre (1125 meters) and walk along the ridge eastwards to avoid the view of the Mourre Negre antenna. Great views in all directions, from the Ventoux in the north to the Victoire in the south. The smaller trail down secures great views also along the descent. If you have more than 5 hours to spear (including lunch and breaks), take an optional walk even further along the ridge before you descend.

At Cabrieres d’Aigues, you can drive your car along the fire road going north straight above the village as far as the new water reservoir for the Durance Canal Company (water for agricultural use) at the 514 meter point. Continue walking along the road for another 15 minutes to the crossroads at le Couleton. You take the GR9 all the way up to the ridge at the 1027 meter point (about 1 hour). Here you follow the GR92 along the ridge westwards to Mourre Negre. The nicest areas for pick-nicks are around the 1097 meter point or further east.

Grand Luberon Ridge in winter time





After a long lunch you now start along the ridge eastwards, and this is perhaps one of the nicest walks in the Luberon. Great waves of open mountain landscape with great views in all directions. At the 1052 meter point you turn right down the marked trail for Cabrieres d’Aigues. Before you do this, however, it’s worth thinking about continuing further east along the ridge before returning here for the descent. The time back to the car is only about 1 hour 15 minutes and it might well be worth getting more out of this ridge. But make sure you follow the trail and not the winding ridge road!

From the 1052 meter point, you follow the trail for only about 10 minutes, however, and turn down right along the smaller, but large enough for bikes, trail that runs along the hill in just the right descent to be able to enjoy all the great views along its way. You end up on the forest road at the 621 meter point and which you follow back to le Couleton and the car.

Basic information:

Duration: 5h (plus optional along the ridge)
Distance: 14 km.
Ascent: 700 m
Difficulty: Moderate
Start/finish: Cabrieres d’Aigues
Map: IGN 3243 OT (1cm=250 m)

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