With all the recent snowfall, is not easy to find a trail with significant elevation gain without tons of snow. Today we went to the Vesubie Valley and started at Pont du Cros and made a 32 km loop, climbing to Mont Ferion, then back down to St Jean La Rivière, up to Utelle and then Le Cros. Around half of the distance was in the snow but overall the snow was relatively packed.
Philippe between Utelle and Cros d’Utelle (© Philippe Gatta)
Distance: 32 km, ascent: 1925m / descent: 1925m.
Anna at Mont Ferion (© Philippe Gatta)
GPS Track: Mont Vial GPS Track
Anna running down from Mont Ferion (© Philippe Gatta)
Philippe toward Col St Michel (© Anna Gatta)
Description: park at Pont du Cros, signpost 1. Cross the Vesubie river and follow the GR5 to Levens. Climb to Mont Ferion (250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 257, 272, 273). Go down to the Col St Michel (206, 460, 443) and continue to run down to the D19 (442, 441, 450). Follow the road to St Jean La Rivière (122a, 122, 121, 131), then climb to Utelle (124, 12, 11, 10). Follow the GR5 to Cros d’Utelle (8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3) and go back down to the parking (2, 1).
Anna with Utelle behind (© Philippe Gatta)
Along the GR5 (© Philippe Gatta)