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Distance

8.39 mi

Elevation gain

3,809 ft

Technical difficulty

Difficult

Elevation loss

3,123 ft

Max elevation

8,462 ft

Trailrank

57

Min elevation

4,804 ft

Trail type

One Way

Moving time

4 hours 20 minutes

Time

5 hours 33 minutes

Coordinates

2449

Uploaded

June 22, 2018

Recorded

June 2018
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8,462 ft
4,804 ft
8.39 mi

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

The final day! After 7 amazing days in the Queyras, it is time to get back to Ceillac before leaving the region. We left the "Riou Vert" gîte d'étape and we started the ascent to "Col Bramousse". The ascent is long but not difficult. We passed by two hamlets: "les chalets de Bramousse" and "La terre noire", before arriving to "Col Bramousse". The GR 58 continues normally down from Col Bramousse to Ceillac on the ski slopes (not a beautiful section with ski-lifts on the way). It was still very early to finish the day and we have been told that there is a trail that goes from "Col Bramousse" to "Col Fromage" on the crest. We took a trail that leads to a nearby summit: Brunet summit 2561 m. The trail is beautiful but not well marked near the summit (probably not very used). From the summit, you can see a trail that follows the crest (La crête des Chambrettes).
The crest trail is not an easy one. Some parts are slippery and care should be taken there because a fall on either side of the crest may be fatal. I recommend this part only for confident hikers. Beginners should follow the normal GR 58 down from Col Bramousse.
This crest trail is one of the most beautiful parts of this tour. We reached "L'Observatoire" before continuing to "Col Fromage". This way, we did the 3 cols on this side above Ceillac: "Col des Estronques" on Day 1 and "Cols Bramousse/Fromage" on Day 8. From "Col Fromage", the descent is easy till we reached the hamlet "Le Villard", before arriving to Ceillac.
Mountain hut

Le Riou Vert

Fountain

Fountain

Intersection

Go left

Waypoint

4x4 trail

River

Torrent de Bramousse

Photo

Bridge torrent bramousse

Intersection

Go straight

Intersection

Road intersection

Go straight in the woodland
Waypoint

Pleasant forest walk

Waypoint

Les Chalets de Bramousse

Intersection

Continue straight to Col Bramousse

Waypoint

Terre noire

Mountain pass

Col de Bramousse 2251 m

Fountain

Fountain

Intersection

Go to left

Photo

Go up to the right

Summit

Brunet summit 2561 m

Waypoint

Crête des Chambrettes

Waypoint

Go down carefully

Waypoint

Tough ascent

Summit

Summit 2550 m

Waypoint

Tough passage

Watch your steps
Waypoint

L'Observatoire summit

Wilderness hut

L'Observatoire

Waypoint

Trail from l'observatoire to Col Fromage

Steep descent
Mountain pass

Col Fromage 2301 m

Waypoint

Le Villard 1840 m

Hamlet
Photo

Ceillac soon!

Intersection

Go left

Intersection

Torrent du Cristillan 1690 m

Turn right to take the road to Ceillac
Waypoint

Ceillac

Mountain hut

Les Baladins

Finally! GR 58 done!!

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