Time  6 hours 37 minutes

Coordinates 1518

Uploaded August 21, 2011

Recorded July 2011

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6,207 f
3,422 f
10.62 mi

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near Mont-Dore, Auvergne (France)

Walk from the spa town of Mont-Dore to the highest peak in the Massif Central, the Puy de Sancy (1885 m). Walk largely via Grande Randonnée tracks. In Mont-Dore the track starts at the parking lot near the tourist office and climbs straight from the Thermes (stairs just to the right) to la Grande Cascade and then on to Roc de Cuzeau. From here, the track follows the ridge to the Puy de Sancy. From there you can descend to the restaurant of the cable car station, and then you continue to Puy de Cliergue and then down to the mountain station of the Funiculaire, and then back down to Mont-Dore via the Chemins des Médécins. The walk offers great views, unless you walk in the clouds as I did at least half of the walk.
I observed some marmots near Puy de Cliergue.
At the mountain station of the Téléphérique there is a restaurant. The photos with this waypoint were taken earlier in the week when I took the téléphérique to the top.
La Grande Cascade, or the great waterfall, is a great spot above Mont-Dore at about 1300 meters.
Puy de Cliergue at 1691 meters. From here the descend to Mont-Dore starts.
The Puy de Sancy is the highest peak in central France at 1885 m. Like most of the peaks here, it constitutes the remains of an extinct volcano. From the cable car station at 1780 meters there is a wooden walkway to the top, which you walk down as part of this trail. There is a panoramic viewpoint with orientation boards. The top was shrouded in clouds on the day of this walk, so I illustrated this waypoint with some photos taken earlier in the week when I took the cable car.
At Roc de Cuzeau at 1737 the continuous climb from Mont-Dore stops and the ridge walk with smaller ascents and descents towards Puy de Sancy and onwards to Puy de Cliergue starts.


  • Photo of mymiam78

    mymiam78 Aug 17, 2015

    nous n'avons pas trouvé ce parcours difficile, de belles montées mais pas de passage technique, peut-être est-il classé difficile du fait de sa durée.
    De magnifiques paysages et 7 mouflons à 20m coté vallée de Chaudefour !!!!

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    Tjaart Molenkamp Aug 17, 2015

    Thank you, p.guyet, for your comments. The classification was indeed made difficult for its length/ascent, also relative within this area, not for it being technically difficult.

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    Nannobouma Oct 13, 2015

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    Prachtige wandeling. Schitterend helder weer daardoor heerlijke vergezichten.

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    Tjaart Molenkamp Oct 13, 2015

    Bedankt voor je review Nannobouma. Mooi dat er van hebt genoten.

  • eltony Jul 24, 2016

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    I definitely wouldn't call this trail difficult, the initial ascent is kind of steep but after that it's pretty easy. Especially the after the highest peak the trail is very beautiful. I went on a Sunday and it was especially busy around the peak but that was to be expected.

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    Tjaart Molenkamp Jul 24, 2016

    Thanks Eltony for your review! As I mentioned to p.guyet the walk is indeed not technically difficult, but I marked it difficult for its length/ascent.

  • Sebastien David Sep 20, 2017

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    Technical difficulty is low. Physical exertion can be high depending on how fast you go. Great trails, amazing scenery. I did however encounter a herd of sheep, that wasn't a problem but the dog guarding them was, the damn thing bit me! So be careful when encountering animals. Definitely worth it doing this hike/trail run.

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    Tjaart Molenkamp Sep 20, 2017

    Thanks for your review, Sebastien. A pity about the dog, but glad you enjoyed it anyway!

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    nickrunner Feb 22, 2018

    Is er onderweg iets te verkrijgen van eten of drank ? grs Nick

  • Photo of Tjaart Molenkamp

    Tjaart Molenkamp Feb 22, 2018

    In Mont Dore op veel plekken, bij het bergstation van de kabelbaan (zie waypoint Cable Car Station; le Pic du Sancy) en vlak bij het bergstation van de Funiculaire (Le Salon du Capucin). Op Google maps te vinden. Groeten, Tjaart

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    nickrunner Feb 23, 2018

    Tjaart, dank u voor de reactie ... We gaan in Juni voor het eerst die richting , grs Nick

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    nickrunner Jun 20, 2018

    prachtige route, heel mooie vergezichten , genoten van de eerste tot de laatste meter

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    Tjaart Molenkamp Jun 21, 2018

    Dag Nick, mooi dat je genoten hebt!

  • Photo of JanErik

    JanErik Aug 25, 2018

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    Wonderful trail featuring a few semi-exposed parts but all is well protected with chains. Even in cloudy weather worth a go.

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    Tjaart Molenkamp Aug 25, 2018

    Thanks JanErik for you review! Glad you liked it.

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