A circuit around Puy de Sancy

A Mont-Dore walk posted on 15/10/12 by bernardino. Update : 06/02/18

A trip to highest point of the Massif Central.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 6h10[?]
Distance Distance : 8.6mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 3025ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 3025ft
Highest point Highest point : 6079ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 3570ft
Difficult Difficulty : Difficult
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Massif central, Monts Dore
Location Location : Mont-Dore (63240)
Starting point Starting point : N 45.545608° / E 2.816128°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 2432ET


At Mont Dore take the Route de Sancy and park in the car park in front of the Gîte de l'Ecir(D).

Take the right-side opposite and reach the Vallon de Courre.
When you get to the ski lift (1) take the trail that crosses this small valley before climbing sharply up to the col (2) by the the Tour Carrée (square tower) where it joins the GR30.

Turn left on this GR and quickly reach the summit of the Puy de Sancy on the path along the ridge (3).

Follow the GR to reach the Col de la Cabane to change GR. It is currently the GR4 that leads to the summit of the Puy de Cacadogne (4) and then the Roc de Cluzeau (5).

Then descend in the plain, by the stream (intermittent), leave the GR and turn left onto a tail along the left bank that leads to the Grande Cascade (6).

Continue the descent, reach Mont-Dore again and return to the car park (7) via the road on the left.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0
1 : mi 0.27 - alt. mi 0.27 - Val de Courre ski lift
2 : mi 1.36 - alt. mi 1.36 - Col toward the Tour Carrée
3 : mi 1.93 - alt. mi 1.93 - Puy de Sancy - Puy de Sancy
4 : mi 2.12 - alt. mi 2.12 - Col de la Cabanne
5 : mi 3.17 - alt. mi 3.17 - Puy de Cacadogne
6 : mi 4.15 - alt. mi 4.15 - Roc de Cluzeau
7 : mi 6.1 - alt. mi 6.1 - Grande Cascade
8 : mi 6.98 - alt. mi 6.98 - D983 return to car park
D/A : mi 8.6 - alt. mi 8.6

Useful Information

On the same side as the car park is the Gite de l'Ecir where we stayed a few weeks ago.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 2432ET.

Click here to see how to reach the starting point.

Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

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During the walk or to do/see around

In good weather you can get a clear view of this entire French mountain region from Le Puy de Sancy, the highest point of the Massif Central. There are numerous Puys (volcanic hills) in the surrounding area and with the help of the orientation table it's easy to spot each of them. The most famous (the most publicised in any case) is the Puy de Dôme opposite above Clermont-Ferrand, which being so close seems to invite you over.

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