Cazevieille, France

Hike to the Pic Saint Loup

3.7 Miles Total - 1049.9 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Thib Muller

The Pic Saint Loup is "the" famous peak around Montpellier. It offers stunning views on all the area.

You start the hike from the big carpark just outside the Cazevieille village (you'll find lots of signs to go there). The beginning is located on the top left corner of the carpark, close to the garbage.
Why the carpark is so big ? Because a lot of people go there during summer ! Hikers, climbers and families, the place can be crowded. But it should not stop you ! Views on the way and from the top are very impressive.

The path going to the summit is obvious, and really easy to follow. First crossroad, take right and then follow the yellow marks. The path is rocky but it's steady rock. The only problem is when it's wet. It's slippery (even with good shoes). 

The last 500 meters are quite steep, and could be challenging for kids. But nothing impossible, just take your time and you'll be fine.

Pay attention when you are at the top. The North face of the peak goes deep down, and there is no fence. Be careful, extra careful if it's wet. If you have time, you can even explore the area by following the edges (going West or East)

For the way back, just take the same way.

Don't forget :

  • The path is well marked and easy to follow. Just be careful at the top.
  • Almost no shadow, and no water on the way.
  • This place is really hot during summer.
  • It's crowded during summer, holidays and weekends. Try early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
  • In this area, weather changes fast with heavy rain and storm. Keep it in mind.
  • When it's wet, it's very slippery.
  • In case of emergency, you have cellphone reception most of the time.
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Hiking
Easy Parking
Scenic

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