La Dent de Rez

A Gras walk posted on 06/02/15 by ardechom. Update : 15/05/17

The high point of Basse-Ardèche, this promontory (719 m) offers a beautiful panorama of the Cévennes, Mont Lozère, the Alps, the Baronnies, Mont Ventoux and the Ridge of Montmirail.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 5h00[?]
Distance Distance : 8.32mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1650ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1650ft
Highest point Highest point : 2320ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 876ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Massif central
Location Location : Gras (07700)
Starting point Starting point : N 44.432163° / E 4.542912°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 2939OT
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View of the Dent de Rez The Dent de Rez

Description

(1) From the car park next to the school, in front of the hunters’ lodge, follow the asphalt road north to then find and take the path on the left, sometimes on the road, sometimes on the trail .
Arrive at and follow a small road (2) and head right (along the cemetery on the left.
At the next crossing (3) cross the road and continue towards the hamlet of Bréchon.

Follow this small road, keeping right until the next junction at the hamlet of La Rouvière (4). Turn right on this small road. Continue to the entrance of the hamlet of Reynouard (5), turn right, continue for about 250 m and turn left (6) first on a paved road, which then becomes a track and thereafter joins the Eyrole Pass.

Leave on the left the GR that comes from the hamlet of Hellys () 7 and continue until Eyrole Pass (8).

A few metres before the pass, head past the hunters’ shelter, to the right, open to all, and head up on the right by a narrow passage through a rocky ridge, to reach the plateau (and a beautiful view).
(9) Leave the plateau, heading due north: the view is drawn to the north gate, to the basalts of Coiron and the village of Mirabel. Pass below a rocky cirque. At the next junction, turn right, (10) and follow the GR towards Gogne. Head onto the small road to Gogne at a track/road junction (11).
Head right towards the beautiful hamlet of Gogne to then turn right (12) on a path leading down to Gras. Further below this trail has suffered erosion due to runoff and the many motor vehicles passing throguh, but is still walkable. Cross the intermittent stream under a collapsed bridge (13) before returning to Gras with a beautiful balcony trail over a limestone slab.
In gras: remains of medieval castle and ramparts, former watchtower, Romanesque chapel... Take the road in the direction of Valvignières for about 300 m before turning right at the first fork, then continue on this small road, passing between the houses. At the next intersection, cross the road and take a wide path to reach the Mas de Gras. At the first intersection, turn right on the D262, follow it for about 380 m then take a left path back to the starting point.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - School car park (former Fauniscope)
1 : mi 0.51 - alt. mi 0.51 - small road
2 : mi 0.64 - alt. mi 0.64 - crossroads
3 : mi 1.24 - alt. mi 1.24 - La Rouvière crossroads
4 : mi 1.65 - alt. mi 1.65 - hamlet of Reynouard
5 : mi 1.77 - alt. mi 1.77 - fork towards the Eyrole Pass
6 : mi 2.13 - alt. mi 2.13 - fork of the GR route
7 : mi 2.72 - alt. mi 2.72 - Eyrole Pass
8 : mi 3.14 - alt. mi 3.14 - Dent de Rez and marker
9 : mi 3.32 - alt. mi 3.32 - fork
10 : mi 4.61 - alt. mi 4.61 - branching of paths and the small road to Gogne
11 : mi 4.81 - alt. mi 4.81 - fork to the right
12 : mi 5.83 - alt. mi 5.83 - cross the collapsed old bridge over the stream
D/A : mi 8.32 - alt. mi 8.32

Useful Information

Hunters’ shelter in Eyrole Pass: This shelter is open to all; it is equipped with chairs and tables (8).

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 2939OT.

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

During the walk or to do/see around

Gogne, a pretty hamlet (11).
Gras: formerly an “enclosed city" with medieval ramparts and ruins.

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