Need to Know
This is a fairly wild area. The last wolves were wiped out in 1904, but Les Gorges du Toulourenc
still supports native fishes.
This is the first stage of the Grande Traversée de Vaucluse
. It includes some stout climbs and descents.
From the parking area, leave the village and descend to the D-40. Take the little road in front of you through a tiny hamlet. At a bend, go straight onto the GR. Follow the GR markings and take the first left onto a path. Climb up a bump that is steep enough that you'll feel it. From the summit, bear right and rejoin the "Les Imberts" road. Take the road left for 100m and be careful not to miss a path going right just before a private road. Follow the switchbacks up, pushing as needed until you reach the crest of the Rocher du Charles and follow a fun singletrack W along the ridge, staying left at each crossroads, and checking out the view of the north face of Mont Ventoux from time to time. The path will begin to descend to the S, getting steeper, narrower and more technical. Descend toward the village of Brantes until you reach the D-41 again.
Cross and take the path that goes left of a little house. Descend toward the village and cross the road again twice. At the first switchback, take the little road toward the Col de Fontaube. Following the GR signage, the road becomes a track and climbs gently toward the pass. After about 250m, leave the track for a bucolic singletrack that hugs the hillside and works its way toward the pass. When it ends at the road, go left and follow to the pass.
From the Col, cross the parking and climb up a large rock path. Take a right at the first crossing and continue climbing through the pines. Watch out for a clearing with a crossroads. Take the path heading S and down, then quickly take a path to the right that follows the hillside. Technical and rocky, pay attention on the descent. The path ends near a cemetery. Roll along to the D40 and the entrance to St-Léger-du-Ventoux.
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