Sainte-Victoire la Croix de Provence

A Vauvenargues walk posted on 11/05/13 by filou. Update : 02/06/16

Sainte-Victoire is a highlight of Provence for hikers and climbers.

Before you start, make sure access to the massif is allowed because a regulation is applicable from 1 June to 30 September which and can limit access hours. See the link below:
http://www.paca.gouv.fr/files/massif/

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 5h40[?]
Distance Distance : 8.62mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 2365ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 2385ft
Highest point Highest point : 3297ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 1184ft
Difficult Difficulty : Difficult
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Sainte-Victoire (Massif)
Location Location : Vauvenargues (13126)
Starting point Starting point : N 43.553667° / E 5.583266°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3244ET

Description

Start from the Cabassoles car park, just before Vauvenargues.
Go in the direction of Le Prieuré (GR9) on the Venturiers trail, which is very well marked so you can't to wrong! Count on about 1.5 hours of climbing.
Once at the Prieuré Sainte-Victoire (1), visit and admire the landscape, then climb the Croix de Provence (2), with a panoramic view as far as Marseille and the Mediterranean if it's not too cloudy.
NEThen continue along ridges to the signal, still on the GR9, then reach the Col Subéroque sometimes bordering the steep cliffs.
At the Col de Subéroque take the trail on the left that descending very steeply (green markers), which is the Sentier des Plaideurs (The "path of pleaders").
__The descent is very abrupt, with lots of rocks, so watch your knees, this is really quite difficult in my opinion!
When you get to the bottom, keep following the green route markers!
Before you arrive at the river "L'Infernet", take a small trail to the left for 50m after a pile of wood.
Then join a track after having crossed the river. Follow a yellow trail and turn left back to the car park!

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0
1 : mi 2.73 - alt. mi 2.73 - Prieuré de la Sainte-Victoire
2 : mi 2.82 - alt. mi 2.82 - Croix de Provence
D/A : mi 8.62 - alt. mi 8.62

Useful Information

I advise you to take an IGN map, especially for the shortcut on the small trail.
Otherwise take water because there is none on the route, and it's best in the morning to avoid the heat.
When you arrive at the Bau de Vespres just before the col, you can people climbing on the flanks of the mountain, which is very popular among climbers.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 3244ET.

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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