Ascent of Mont Mézenc on 2009-11-22

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Andrew Tibbetts
Richard Tibbetts
Date:Sunday, November 22, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mont Mézenc
    Elevation:5751 ft / 1752 m

Ascent Trip Report

From NW, Croix de Peccatta, N44 54 56, E4 10 44. Large parking area; the right-hand trail is the one to follow, initially through forest. After a short way there is a signpost indicating a fork R for Mont Mezenc. This is the best and recommended roure, as the old trail (L) is eroded and less pleasant. The trail emerges onto open hillside, very well defined with signs indicating one should stay on the trail (which is much the easiest way of getting to the summit given the rocky terrain). Higher up is a fork: keep R for the summit, or L to visit the lower N summmit first.

The summit (N44 54 39 E4 11 27) has a standard IGN trig block and a viewfinder. It was a cold windswept place with no view today, and we didn't linger. On the descent we initially followed the trail N along the ridge to the N summit (large cross), then descended to rejoin our outward trail at the fork.

We had originally planned to start at the S trailhead (N44 53 58 E4 11 06) but this may have fallen out of favour: the roadsigns from les Estables directed us to the Croix de Peccatta and we saw no sign of any trail heading S from the one we used.

Our weekend trip had also included Puy de Sancy, Montagne de l' Aigoual and Mont Lozere. We now had a leisurely drive back to Lyon airport for the flight back to London.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:696 ft / 212 m
    Extra Gain:43 ft / 13 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.9 mi / 3 km
    Route:From NW
    Trailhead:Croix de Peccatta  5141 ft / 1566 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Time:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:30 Minutes

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