You will reach the Luberon ridge in about 1 hour hard going at the 1052 meter point. But it’s worth it! Now starts the real crête walk eastwards, but make sure you use the path with the yellow or GR-markings (red and white) and not the forest road that winds its way around every small top. It means going up and down a bit, but it’s totally another experience from walking along the forest road. I suggest you walk on for a few minutes for lunch under a shaded tree up the first hill or find a spot further along.
|Grand Luberon ridge in winter time|
The return from the ridge down to the forest road will be about 35 minutes, but make sure you take the right turn after about 25 minutes (see map). You will take the forest road (near the 667 meter point) westwards towards the point you started from. But you could cut it short after about 40 minutes and simply go straight ahead at the 603 meter point (follow the iron pole with the arrow) and you’ll be at the car in 20 minutes.
As said in the introduction, this walk could easily be extended beyond the 5 hours stipulated total time (including hour for lunch). This is done by taking left at the forest road at the very beginning of the walk, and walk westwards till you reach le Couleton (586 meter point). Here you use the GR9 – GR 92 – GR 97 to climb up to the Luberon crête. This detour shouldn’t take more than an extra hour if you start the ridge walk eastwards when you have reached the 1027 meter point. If you decide to have a look at Mourre Negre as well (see the Mourre Negre walk), it will take you slightly longer.
Duration: 5h (incl. 1h for lunch)
Distance: 14 km.
Ascent: 700 m
Start/finish: Cabrieres d’Aigues
Map: IGN 3243 OT (1cm=250 m)