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Distance

7.03 mi

Elevation gain

1,348 ft

Technical difficulty

Moderate

Elevation loss

1,427 ft

Max elevation

3,930 ft

Trailrank

65 4.5

Min elevation

3,114 ft

Trail type

Loop

Time

3 hours 12 minutes

Coordinates

948

Uploaded

August 21, 2011

Recorded

July 2011
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3,930 ft
3,114 ft
7.03 mi

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near Randanne, Auvergne (France)

Walk inside the Parc des Volcans including three volcanoes, the Puy de Lassolas (1187 m), the Puy de la Vache (1167 m), and the Puy de Vichatel (the track goes up to 1037 m; the summit is at 1094). Especially the climb of the Puy de Lassolas is quite steep. The route mainly goes through forest with the exception of the summits of Puy de Lassolas and Puy de la Vache, which are bald, and where you have great views of the Chaîne des Puys and the surrounding countryside.
A slightly different version of this walk inspired this track and is described in the german book "Auvergne mit Massif Central und Vallée du Lot. Die schönsten Tal- und Höherwanderungen" by Bettina Forst (walk 9).
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Lava bombs

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  • Photo of Lava bombs
  • Photo of Lava bombs
  • Photo of Lava bombs
  • Photo of Lava bombs
  • Photo of Lava bombs
At the foot of Puy de la Vache is an open field with black and red gravel strewn with lava 'bombs'.
Summit

Puy de la Vache

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  • Photo of Puy de la Vache
The top of Puy de la Vache is bald, covered with red gravel, and offers great views.
Summit

Puy de Lassolas

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  • Photo of Puy de Lassolas
  • Photo of Puy de Lassolas
  • Photo of Puy de Lassolas
  • Photo of Puy de Lassolas
  • Photo of Puy de Lassolas
The Puy de Lassolas offers the steepest and highest climb of this trail. The top is covered in red and black gravel and offers great views.

4 comments

  • Photo of Koolloos

    Koolloos Oct 15, 2014

    Mooie route Tjaart. Mijn zus heeft een Chambre d'hôtes daar in de buurt (Saint Nectaire), dus ik ga deze route zeker een keer doen!

  • Photo of Tjaart Molenkamp

    Tjaart Molenkamp Oct 15, 2014

    Veel plezier! Mooie streek trouwens.

  • Photo of AnxoDR

    AnxoDR Jan 17, 2020

    I have followed this trail  View more

    I'll repeat this one!

  • Photo of Tjaart Molenkamp

    Tjaart Molenkamp Jan 18, 2020

    Great Anxo. Thanks for the review, and enjoy it when you repeat it!

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