The Puy de Sancy via the Courre Valley

A Mont-Dore walk posted on 24/08/11 by ZITOUNE39. Update : 12/12/16

A very beautiful hike in a conservation area.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h10[?]
Distance Distance : 6.68km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 526m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 526m
Highest point Highest point : 1851m
Lowest point Lowest point : 1324m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Massif central, Monts Dore
Location Location : Mont-Dore (63240)
Starting point Starting point : N 45.541851° / E 2.816528°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 2433SB

Description

A word of advice: avoid the car park in the centre of the resort as you have to pay from May to September. Instead, park along the road before arriving in the resort.
For the departure point, cross the car park, go through the small tunnel and take the last ski lift (1), go up the ski slope and follow the path (it's very difficult to lose your way as there's only one path to follow).
The start is very easy - through a small valley where a small stream flows. You might be lucky enough to meet a herd of Salers cows.
Only the climb up in zigzags to join the pass is a bit more difficult.
Once you've reached the pass under Puy Redon (2), continue to climb up the ridge on the left. There are a few small technical sections to reach the Pas de l’Âne, but they are not very difficult (3).
Once you are nearly at the top, the end of the route consists of a wooden 'motorway', which takes you up to the 1885 m of the Puy de Sancy (4).
The descent is through a wooded area. Take the first path on your right to re-join the ski lift on the plateau. Follow the red and white trail markers of GR4E (5) to arrive back at the resort.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 0.45 - alt. km 0.45 - Courre Valley ski lift
2 : km 2.32 - alt. km 2.32 - Pass under Puy Redon
3 : km 2.98 - alt. km 2.98 - Pas de l'Ane
4 : km 3.31 - alt. km 3.31 - Puy de Sancy
5 : km 4.48 - alt. km 4.48 - Cascade de la Dore - GR4E Crossroads
D/A : km 6.68 - alt. km 6.68

Useful Information

"Notice for dog owners": the route crosses a nature reserve where access to dogs is not permitted, even on a lead.

Do not under-estimate this hike. Good shoes are needed, especially in the rain.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 2433SB.

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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Many variations are possible such as following the ridges to come back to the resort.

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