Trail: Salso Moreno – Vens (Mercantour)

The Salso Moreno and the Lakes of Vens are popular places for trail running and hiking in the Alpes Maritimes. Located at the North of Mercantour National Park, close to La Bonette pass, they offer great Alpine views in a peaceful environment.

Toward Pas de Morgon, Les Roubines Nègres behind (© A. Gatta)
Toward Pas de Morgon, Les Roubines Nègres behind (© A. Gatta)

We made a 18 km and +1,200 meters loop starting from Le Pra going to Salso Moreno and the Lakes of Vens.

Map of Salso Moreno - Vens (Mercantour) (© P. Gatta)
Map of Salso Moreno – Vens (Mercantour) (© P. Gatta)

From Le Pra follow a small trail to Pas de la Croix Blanche (signpost #42), turn East and follow a grassy alpine valley along the Salso Moreno.

Salso Moreno and Les Roubines Nègres (© P. Gatta)
Salso Moreno and Les Roubines Nègres (© P. Gatta)

Continue to the Pas de Morgon (2,714 m). Descend to Col du Fer (#35) and Collet de Tortisse (#35a).

Anna between Pas de Morgon and Col du Fer (© P. Gatta)
Anna between Pas de Morgon and Col du Fer (© P. Gatta)

Continue to the Lakes of Vens and climb the Crête de la Côte. Descend to the Maison Forestière de Tortisse (#34).

Anna above Lake of Vens (© P. Gatta)
Anna above Lake of Vens (© P. Gatta)

Reach the Plateau de Morgon (#33) and descend to Le Pra.

Le Pra and the road to La Bonnette. (© P. Gatta)
Le Pra and the road to La Bonnette (© P. Gatta)

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