Rieussec

From the banks of Ardèche, to the balconies of Salavas, but fairly challenging in the bed of Rieussec. There are stringing points.
ATTENTION: Some sections can quickly become very dangerous for hikers who are ill-equipped or not trained for this kind of more technical hike. Therefore, please take care.

Technical sheet
A Salavas walk posted on 19/02/12 by gpamaletoi. Update : 01/05/17
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h40[?]
Distance Distance : 4.51mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 778ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 778ft
Highest point Highest point : 764ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 269ft
Extreme Difficulty : Extreme
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Massif central
Location Location : Salavas (07150)
Starting point Starting point : N 44.389604° / E 4.390204°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 2939OT
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Description

Park on the road to the departmental base, 800 m from the exit of the village at a place called “Le Chambon".

From the car park, retrace your steps for 100 m and take the yellow and white marked trail on the left.
At the fork (1) turn left and follow the signs to the top (2). Once at the top, walk along the ridge to get down to the Rieussec stream (3). This is where you leave the markings to head into the stream bed.
Depending on your mood, you can walk alongside or in the bed Take care if the weather is stormy, and beware of the depth of some potholes. Once past the stone bridge, continue alongside the stream. Faced with difficulties, do not hesitate to follow the green dots and traces of yellow paint, which indicate the recommended routes. Recommended does not necessarily mean safe. You end up returning to the banks of the Ardèche, in the Blachas camping site. You are allowed to cross it to get back to the road (4). Follow it passing three successive roads to the right and reach the car park at the starting point.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0
1 : mi 0.11 - alt. mi 0.11
2 : mi 1.1 - alt. mi 1.1
3 : mi 2.03 - alt. mi 2.03
4 : mi 3.65 - alt. mi 3.65
D/A : mi 4.51 - alt. mi 4.51

Useful Information

The time indicated takes into account the time for a picnic break, and many stops for photos.
Bring water, especially when the weather is nice.
Hiking shoes are recommended (very rough limestone paths) especially along the Rieussec where the ground can be slippery.
Some areas can become boggy. In this case, the only solution is to turn back!

Like all hikes in wet ground, during storms the water level can rise quickly, and lightning can kill.

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

Visit Vallon Pont d'Arc, Salavas, Aven d’Orgnac, etc...
Canoeing on the Ardèche, and the future site of the Grotte Chauvet.

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