Moving time  3 hours 53 minutes

Time  6 hours 20 minutes

Coordinates 2207

Uploaded June 18, 2018

Recorded June 2018

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9,387 f
6,638 f
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2.0
3.9
7.88 mi

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near Le Raux, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (France)

Starting from Gite les Gabelous, we went up towards the church then we took the trail to the right to reach the grand canal route. The normal GR58 is lower along the river on the road but we took the grand canal route because it is much nicer. I highly recommend the "Grand canal" route. After 200 meters initial ascent, the trail becomes nearly flat and easy until reaching "Clausis" where you have another ascent to the "col de Chamoussière" (around 500 m ascent). At this time of the year (June 16th), there was still lot of snow on the way up to the col so we couldn't really follow the original trail covered partly by snow especially at higher altitude. The final climb to the col was made left to the trail on the rocks to avoid the snow. When you do this trail in summer, i recommend to follow the trail that will be clear instead of taking the upper trail shown here because it is slippery. Reaching "Col de Chamoussière", we found much more snow on the northern side of the col with a steep descent. No trace of any trail, snow is covering much of the descent. We had our picnic lunch at the col and we waited for the guardians of nearby refuges who were "opening" the trails by placing wooden poles to mark waypoints. We went down to Refuge Agnel with the guardians. The snow trail was difficult and sometimes we were going deep in the snow higher than our knees! Full gaiters are very useful in this case. Finally we reached Refuge Agnel. The staff is very helpful and welcoming. Hot shower and tasty dinner ended our second day.
Refuge

Les Gabelous

Intersection

Go right

Waypoint

Towards the grand canal route

This part is much nicer than the normal GR58 route.
Intersection

Go straight. Going right will lead you to 'petit canal'

Intersection

Go to the right

panorama

Saint-Véran seen from the grand canal route

Information

Cabane du fontaine du renard 2280 m

Waypoint

Trail easy to follow. Flat

Refuge

Cabane des Labounnais

Intersection

Cabane de Labounnais 2330 m

Follow "Chapelle de Clausis" way
Waypoint

Tricky passage

Intersection

Grand canal / Mine de cuivre 2350 m

Vers col de Chamoussière
River

Torrent de Pinilière

Intersection

Le Grand Canal 2365 m

Continue straight
panorama

View of Chapelle de Clausis 2370 m

Intersection

Rocher des Marrous 2490 m

Going left to "col de chamoussière". (Turning right will take you to "col Saint-Véran")
Waypoint

Trail covered by snow. Walking at its right

Waypoint

Off-trail because of snow

Mountain pass

Col de Chamoussière 2884 m

Waypoint

Following the guardians placing waypoints

Waypoint

Difficult passage in snow

Waypoint

Going between the rocks

panorama

Agnel valley

Bridge

Bridge

River

Riou de l'Eychassier

fountain

Fountain of refuge Agnel

Refuge

Refuge Agnel

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