Ascent of Mont Mézenc on 2009-11-22
|Others in Party:||Andrew Tibbetts|
|Date:||Sunday, November 22, 2009|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||1752 m / 5751 ft|
Ascent Trip ReportFrom NW, Croix de Peccatta, N44 54 56, E4 10 44. Large parking area; the right-hand trail is the one to follow, initially through forest. After a short way there is a signpost indicating a fork R for Mont Mezenc. This is the best and recommended roure, as the old trail (L) is eroded and less pleasant. The trail emerges onto open hillside, very well defined with signs indicating one should stay on the trail (which is much the easiest way of getting to the summit given the rocky terrain). Higher up is a fork: keep R for the summit, or L to visit the lower N summmit first.
The summit (N44 54 39 E4 11 27) has a standard IGN trig block and a viewfinder. It was a cold windswept place with no view today, and we didn't linger. On the descent we initially followed the trail N along the ridge to the N summit (large cross), then descended to rejoin our outward trail at the fork.
We had originally planned to start at the S trailhead (N44 53 58 E4 11 06) but this may have fallen out of favour: the roadsigns from les Estables directed us to the Croix de Peccatta and we saw no sign of any trail heading S from the one we used.
Our weekend trip had also included Puy de Sancy, Montagne de l' Aigoual and Mont Lozere. We now had a leisurely drive back to Lyon airport for the flight back to London.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||212 m / 696 ft|
| Extra Gain:||13 m / 43 ft|
| Distance:||3 km / 1.9 mi|
| Route:||From NW|
| Trailhead:||Croix de Peccatta 1566 m / 5141 ft|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Weather:||Cool, Windy, Low Clouds|
| Time Up:||30 Minutes|
| Time Down:||30 Minutes|
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