Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt to Vitrolles-en-Luberon
ElevationAscent: 4,037' 1,230 m
Descent: -3,627' -1,106 m
High: 2,292' 699 m
Low: 919' 280 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
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“A colorful passage through the ochre of the Luberon makes this mellow stretch a highlight of the Vaucluse Grand Traverse”— F Felix
You can break this trail into two shorter segments by stopping for the night at Viens or before (and you REALLY should).
The natural ochre pigments of the Luberon have been used since prehistoric times: we can see evidence of that in cave art. In 1780, locals discovered that, after processing, ochre became an inalterable and non-toxic dye, and in the 19th century the exploitation of the mineral deposits became industrial. Development of synthetic dyes in the 1930's effectively ended the mining and the open-air quarries became merely a geologic oddity and attraction.
Rhinoceros and Mouse-deer in Viens: mammalian footprint slabs are very rare on a global scale. The Luberon presents several of them: in Saignon, in Manosque, and several in Viens. The slabs in Viens have nearly 200 depressions corresponding to mammalian footprints on an area of about 400 square meters. The slabs are part of the Luberon Geological Nature Reserve.
Shortly after leaving Viens, a sidehill trail that descends into the valley will quickly awaken your instincts as a mountain biker! The route takes you to the edge of the Calavon, then you disembark at Céreste through a tunnel of the old abandoned railway. Continue this incursion into the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence via the crest of Montjustin and its village. Then climb into the massive, undulating shapes of the Grand Luberon and go west to Vitrolles-en-Luberon, nestled on the southern foothills.
NOTE: the kind folks at the French Cycling Federation who mapped this route must have used a motorcycle. You'd be crazy to try to do days this long. 30k is more than enough.
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