Summer in France - day 18: mountain walk 'Les trois Becs' | enigma

Summer in France - day 18: mountain walk 'Les trois Becs'

We've been looking at it for a few days: on 'Les trois Becs'. The three bare peaks in the mountain landscape opposite 'our' valley. (In the picture below it is the paler rocks in the middle of the back.)

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Today we drive to a parking lot at an altitude of 800 m, where a hiking trail leads to the peaks of these mountains. (Each around 1 500 m high.) The car park is located on the 'Col de la Chaudière'. From there starts a well-landscaped hiking trail that looks quite feasible at the beginning.

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The long stairs are not very high at first. There are also stretches without stairs, with a slow climbing path.

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You just have to stop and look up every now and then to enjoy the view. Looking around as you move on doesn't always work out well. Even with sturdy walking shoes you occasionally slip over the fine peelings. In clear weather you can see the peaks of the Alps in the distance. As you can see, we're already at a reasonable height here.

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A little further, the trail is still clearly visible, but where the stairs were easy, they are now getting higher.

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A little later you come to a clearing where you have a spectacular view on several sides. (On the right side of the picture you can see the top that we have yet to climb.)

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Here, too, you have a view of the Alps.

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A lot of people return to their steps here, because you already have a beautiful view here. We're going a little higher.

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And then suddenly you stand on the mountain meadows with a path in the grass that leads to the top itself. (The narrow, paler strip you see in the grass.) At the point of the picture we are at about 1 300 m altitude.

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Here too, numerous birds of prey circling over the tops, looking for carcasses of animals from the herds that come to graze here.

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The long descent with the many step-like steps, is not a good idea if you are with weak knees! We don't normally have any problems, but we felt it in that region...

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And also on the descent do not forget to stop occasionally to look around. By the way, the scents are also great and the butterflies constantly dance around you, even in the high grasslands.

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