Trek around Chambeyron Mountain Range (1) Fouillouse - Refuge du Chambeyron

A Saint-Paul-sur-Ubaye walk posted on 07/03/15 by Netra. Update : 11/02/19

This walk is part of the trek Trek around Chambeyron Mountain Range.

First stage around the Chambeyron Mountain Range which, after a steady climb, takes you to the shelter with the same name. You'll end up in a breath-taking setting, at the foot of Brec de Chambeyron.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h40[?]
Distance Distance : 3.86mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 2615ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 121ft
Highest point Highest point : 8622ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 6129ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Alps, Ubaye Valley
Location Location : Saint-Paul-sur-Ubaye (04530)
Starting point Starting point : N 44.524677° / E 6.797058°
Arrival Arrival : N 44.53023° / E 6.836003°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3538ETR
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Sunset over Lac Premier and Chambeyron refuge Sunset over Brec du Chambeyron

Description

Starting at Fouillouse. Access from Saint-Paul-sur-Ubaye on the D25. After 3 or 4 km, near Pont du Châtelet, take the small road to the right, which after a few bends, leads to Fouillouse. Just before the hamlet, the car park is a bit higher to the left of the road.

(D) Go through the hamlet heading east and passing the cemetery.

(1) A few dozen metres after the last houses, take the trail heading to the left, due north which rises over the road (sign for "Refuge du Chambeyron"). The trail turns off to the left maintaining a north-west direction.

(2) At a junction just outside a wooded area, turn right at an acute angle. Head north-east with a few twists and turns within a landscape which gradually gets lighter.

(3) Turn right heading east. There are no more trees and the landscape is more mineral. It's a windy trail but keeps to an overall eastern direction.

(4) Directly below a mound of rock to the left, you'll get to a small pass and a view point over Lac Premier and Refuge du Chambeyron (easily spotted due to its blue metallic coating). Head down to the shelter.

Waypoints :
D : mi 0 - alt. mi 0
1 : mi 0.47 - alt. mi 0.47
2 : mi 0.97 - alt. mi 0.97
3 : mi 1.8 - alt. mi 1.8
4 : mi 3.57 - alt. mi 3.57
A : mi 3.86 - alt. mi 3.86 - Refuge du Chambeyron

Useful Information

In Fouillouse: stage gîte.
Refuge du Chambeyron: shelter open from April to September. Phone. : 04 92 84 33 83.
No water sources apart from the stage shelters and gîtes so bring water supplies.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 3538ETR.

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

In Fouillouse, notice the inscription on the cemetery pediment: Passants, songez que nous avons été ce que vous êtes et que vous serez ce que nous sommes, Passers-by, remember you are what we once were, and you will become what we are now". Food for thought during your hike...

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