This is a particular good winter tour, as you have almost unlimited sunshine all the way. There are fantastic views nearly everywhere you go, because we are now in a very open landscape with little forests. (It could get a little too hot in the summer.) And you will return down perhaps the most spectacular descent in the whole of Luberon along the GR6.
Just before this bend you see a big "platform" just down on the right. You could walk down there to enjoy the view point, where you will see l'Etang de Berre, the Sea, les Alpilles, les massifs de Marseillveyre and the Calanques, la Sainte-Baume and Montagne la Sainte-Victoire.
The path continues around the bend and goes quickly through a small forest. Again out in
The first section out on one of the ridges along the GR6 takes you very near the areas where there still might be Bonelli eagles nesting, and the views in all directions are fantastic. This must be the most spectacular descent from the Luberon, and its called Serre Long. Towards the end of this ridge, the GR takes you down to the right quite steeply and you should pay attention to every step you make. Rolling stones are also a common problems in these parts. This descent is not for unexperienced walkers.
After about an hour and a half walking from Bastidon du Pradon, you should eventually be down on a forest road. Take sharp right here along this road all the way till the lowest point on the road at a big crossroads. Here you walk straight on and the road starts going up hill straight away. Continue as it starts mounting the hill to the west. After about 20 minutes and at the 369 meter point (with a water reserve – Citerne), you should pay extra attention. You want the forest road marked for Trou du Rat (strait on), but the actual road takes you down to the right.
|The steep descent from Serre Long goes on for a while.|
An alternative return route from the large crossroads and Citerne at the 369 meter point will be taking the most right hand forest road. After a good 30 minutes you will be at the 483 meter point exactly where you crossed over this the morning. Here you simply take left down the same path as you came up this morning. The advantage of this route is that you keep on the open road for a longer return with magnificient views all the way and the sun is warming you. This route is only 1.7km or perhaps 30 minutes longer.
Duration: 6h (Group, incl. 1 hour lunch)
Distance: 14 km.
Ascent: 500 m
Start/finish: Parking at Le Trou de Rat refuge
Map: IGN 3142 OT (1cm=250 m)
GPX-file: Cheval-Blanc1 (Link to free download)
Pour le fichier GPX, vous pouvez télécharger à partir d'ici (voir ci-dessus) ou mettre à jour via ce lien VisoRando où vous pourrez également voir l'itinéraire sur une bonne carte:
For the GPX-file, you could download from here (see just above) or go to this VisoRando link where you also will see the route on a good map:
November 2019 - Anne - Lunch 15 min south of Crete, but could go further.