The Sainte Baume gorges

A Saint-Montan walk posted on 19/02/12 by gpamaletoi. Update : 29/02/16

A splendid medieval village, a hermit and his cave, a valley in the limestone hills and the views of the Rhône Valley and Mont Ventoux.
Prepare yourself for a nice, family-friendly hike, which will suit everyone.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h35[?]
Distance Distance : 4mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 988ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 984ft
Highest point Highest point : 1142ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 377ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Massif central
Location Location : Saint-Montan (07220)
Starting point Starting point : N 44.440268° / E 4.624272°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 2939OT
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Description

From the village of Saint-Montan, enter the gorge by the road (in the direction of Domaine d’Imbours).
Reach the chapel (1), and take the path behind it marked in yellow/white. Walk along the climbing site, and start to climb the scree.
Two thirds of the way up, you will reach a cross. Leave the marked path and slide over to the home of the hermit Montanus. Be discreet and respect the area. A guestbook is available.
Then return to the path from where you left off and follow it to the town of Larnas (2). Turn South at the intersection after the town hall, to enter the village. Heading towards the containers, find the signs, and follow to find the path.
You enter a paddock (thank you for helping to keep enclosures secure, and close the gates after passing through). Follow the trail before continuing the descent to Saint-Montan (3). Enjoy the view. Upon reaching the village, before heading onto the streets, you can go take a look at the Lourdes cave (4).
Back to the car park.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0
1 : mi 0.91 - alt. mi 0.91 - Chapel
2 : mi 2.04 - alt. mi 2.04 - Larnas village
3 : mi 2.45 - alt. mi 2.45 - Descent to Saint-Montan
4 : mi 3.47 - alt. mi 3.47 - Lourdes cave
D/A : mi 4 - alt. mi 4

Useful Information

As is often the case in this region, there is no reliable drinking water refill point.
Good shoes, no flip flops, running shoes as a bare minimum. In the climb, the ground is slippery.
Many picnic sites.

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 the village of Saint Montan, and its castle. Numerous small artists’ shops. The Plateau de Gras offers lavender buds and derived products.
Another hike to the Dent de Rez is available (topographical route to come)

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