Mont Ventoux by the southern slopes

A Bédoin walk posted on 10/04/14 by slinky. Update : 06/08/17

Beautiful climb up the southern slopes of Mont Ventoux from the hamlet of Sainte Colombe 4 km from Bédoin.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 9h40[?]
Distance Distance : 13.62mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 4744ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 4718ft
Highest point Highest point : 6214ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 1503ft
Very difficult Difficulty : Very difficult
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Alps, Monts de Vaucluse
Location Location : Bédoin (84410)
Starting point Starting point : N 44.120291° / E 5.223705°

Description

To the hamlet of Sainte Colombe which is 4 km from Bédoin on the D974 (the road up to the summit of Mont Ventoux by Chalet Reynard).
Car park in this hamlet along the road in front of the restaurant.

(S) Leave the car park and cross the road towards the restaurant and then go down to the left for 50 metres, heading right at the next street (Chemin des Fébriers and Chemin du Ventoux) right behind the restaurant. Follow the yellow markings and head towards the cemetery.

(1) After making your way around, the path turns right uphill, pas by all paths to the right and left until the “Les Constants” crossing.

(2) Turn left towards "La Combe Ansis" on the GR91. Some 200 m further on, towards "La Combe Ansis", turn right in the direction of "Guibert" “Le Mont Ventoux" (yellow markings). Climb up into the valley for 2.5 km as far as a sign for "Guibert".

(3) Continue climbing straight ahead in the direction of "Combe Fiole" “Le Mont Ventoux".
The trail will cut across a forest road and will continue to go straight. The path will be steeper and will lead to a forest road.

(4) Turn left, as indicated by the signs. 50 m away, a bend marks the start of the "Combe Fiole Nord" “Le Mont Ventoux" (keep a little to the left on the road to find the sign). Head right on the road that climbs towards "Petit Pierre" “Le Mont Ventoux". There just remains 5.5 km until the summit!!!
The trail will pass next to ruined buildings then rises again and again to lead a track at the "Petit Pierre".

(5) Continue left towards the "Jas des Pélerins" “Le Mont Ventoux" for 300 m as far as the sign that reads "Jas des Pélerins".

(6) Continue right towards “La Chapelle Sainte Victoire" on the trail that heads right and goes up to the Jas. Take care when following the yellow trail to the left of the Jas because other markings pass by the Jas on the right.
The trail will then lead towards the summit and quickly arrives at the summit’s scree. Follow the main track ignoring all other trails.
Once in the chapel, follow the signs for the summit.

(7) Take the time for a short tour of Mont Ventoux to enjoy the magnificent 360° views.

The return journey will follow the same trail as the climb up Jas des Pélerins.

(6) Once past the Jas, head down to the forest road and head to the left for 50 m to find two cairns that lead downhill to the right onto the slope. This path leads to the Fiole valley.
Once in the valley, a cairn leads down to the right. It will, once again, follow the path taken on the ascent, leading to the bottom of the valley, on a paved forest road. Head left for 50 m.

(4) A sign indicates the direction "Jas de la Couanche". Take this path up to the left, marked in red and white (GR91B).

(8) Once you have arrived at the Jas, at the sign, leave the GR and take the yellow path down to the right in the direction of "Saint Estève" “Les Cèdres".
When the path has cut the road twice, this will be the beginning of the Cédraie Bédoin. Continue downhill on the main road, the one marked in yellow, but some sections of wood have markings that are further apart.

(9) At the sign for “Les Cèdres" continue the descent straight ahead in the direction of "Saint Estève" “Les Pins de Constant". Ignore all the other trails and keep to the markings.

(10) Once at a forest road, at the sign for “Les Pins de Constant", turn right on the GR route towards “Les Constants".

(2) At the “Les Constants” crossing, leave the GR to go left downhill following the yellow markings towards Sainte Colombe.

(1) Turn left, pass the cemetery and find the car park from the start.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0
1 : mi 0.21 - alt. mi 0.21 - Turn right on the path
2 : mi 0.52 - alt. mi 0.52 - Les Constants, turn left
3 : mi 2.29 - alt. mi 2.29 - Guibert
4 : mi 3.46 - alt. mi 3.46 - Turn left on the forestry road
5 : mi 4.96 - alt. mi 4.96 - Petit Pierre, turn left
6 : mi 5.14 - alt. mi 5.14 - Jas des Pélerins, turn right
7 : mi 6.58 - alt. mi 6.58 - Mont Ventoux
8 : mi 9.88 - alt. mi 9.88 - Jas de la Couanche, turn right
9 : mi 11.04 - alt. mi 11.04 - Les Cèdres
10 : mi 12.8 - alt. mi 12.8 - The pines of Constant, turn right
D/A : mi 13.62 - alt. mi 13.62

Useful Information

Just after point (6) the markings do not appear on the map, but are present on the route.

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