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I walked the Camino Frances in the fall of 2015, taking seven weeks. I plan to do it again in the spring of 2019. There were good days and some not-so-good days but every day had good parts to look back on.

Wow what a beautiful hike! It was very foggy and rained a lot when I went but it was still an incredible sight! Raincoat and a good pair of hiking boots is a must. Very rocky, slippery and steep. Took us about 4.5 hours to finish the hike, starting from Bains Juanes. This hike was tough! I’m still feeling it days later but so worth it.

Awesome experience. The trail is generally well marked and maintained. Some of the steep down parts are terrible but overall quite good. Enough gites for averaging 20 kilometers per day. Conques was fantastic, mostly because of the Abbaye and evening organ concert. I walked from Le Puy to Moissac in about 21 days. Every day was different, every day was hard, every day was fantastic.

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10 days ago

Hokey doodle. this is challenging. There are slippery rocks are crazy ascents and descents everywhere. the wind is very powerful. And rain at times. wear proper footwear.

Easy walk with beautiful views
Great for a picnic and a run

hiking
11 days ago

Very nice. It diserves its hard as it sometimes requires both hands.

on Kaysersberg Loop

hiking
11 days ago

Really nice hike with beautiful fall colors and great views.

Parcourt très bien entretenu la seconde partie est plus difficile surtout si la pluie est présente

Once you find the trailhead sign, it’s very easy to stay on the trail. We only hiked up to the vista point (another wood sign about 500-600 feet vertically from base). Almost all switchbacks to get there and very high gradient hiking. It was wet from rain earlier in the day and we were able to make it up with our slipping. You can see the whole valley at the vista, very cool view. It rained on our way down, so we took our time as slipping on the way down was a concern. Very accessible and easy hike if you only go up to the vista, the whole loop looks much more difficult. Took about 25 minutes to get to vista from base. Not recommended for children or people not fit for very steep climb.

I love this beautiful place. ♡

Did this in 2014. It changed my life and continues to do so. Would recommend anyone to do this trek alone in its entirely. It's gifts are endless and keep on giving for years after.

23 days ago

Great challenge. Enjoy!

Beautiful trail up to the old town in Eze. Bring lots of water. We went up during a very humid and hot time of day. The sun was beating on us and only made it tougher. Would highly recommend. Swam in the Mediterranean afterwards.

Nice !

There are two factors making this different from trails in the US: villages and gites. The trail passes through rural farms and picturesque villages which appear little changed from the Middle Ages. In the end near Le Puy you will meet more cows than people. The lodging for hikers is the gite, in which hikers stay in dormitories or private rooms, sometimes quite small and sometimes quite large. Most provide dinner and breakfast (Demi-pension) for a fee, a bed and food together averaging about €38 per night. Long dinners with other hikers and copious amounts of local wine and food make this experience extraordinary. As this is a pilgrimage trail, most hikers carry a credential and the symbol of the Camino, a scallop shell.

The Camino is the hardest and best thing I have ever done.

1 month ago

Interesting stop on way up or down from Mont Blanc on Aig du Midi. Easy trail, but scree and large boulders along the side of the route and at the end a bit more difficult. Nice pond at the end. Enjoyable.

Take your time on this trail and the views are amazing.

1 month ago

Beau paysage après une montée un peu raide mais courte.

Super parcours fait lors du festatrail fin mai, pas trop long avec des passages en sous bois et d'autre partie plus caillouteuse assez technique, pas mal de monotrace. A decouvrir.

I will never forget my camino, as it teaches you so many lessons. I loved how brutally honest it was... I knew I would be tested as soon as I left St. Jean Pied de Port, to climb my way up the Pyrenees Mountains. I knew it would not be physically easy, but that gave me a challenge to which I was dedicated. I was pretty confident physically, but mentally or spiritually is where I really needed the camino. Walking for that long gives you a lot of time to think about who you are and what you really want, but my pilgrimage is still not over even after I reached Santiago. I still need to walk, wander, and learn, but if there is any advice I can give you it is to always remember it is your choice whether or not to take the next step. (June 11 2018- July 5th 2018)

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hiking
1 month ago

Probably the best marked trail I’ve ever been on. Just follow the orange markings and you’ll be fine. The hike goes through the highly pigmented soils which are sold in the local towns. The trail meanders through the forest as well as some open and sunny areas. It’s an easy hike and if you use your GPS you can make it longer or shorter. There are picnic tables in the entry area. I would recommend picking up some of the local fruits vegetables cheeses salamis and breads and making a grand picnic.

Difficult but definitely recommended but for someone who is in good condition.

trail running
1 month ago

This trial was epic! It was one of the hardest trail runs ive done!
Turns out all the information you read on the GR20 is all slightly different in regards to distance & vertical climbing. anything from 169.8 (AllTrails) to hiking books 185Km.
I ran the GR20 over 5 days (54 hours total), with 2 good friends and my garmin said 195.6km & 13,800 m climbing. It lived up too and exceeded all our expectations and challenged us!

Highly recommend the trail, but be prepared for the extreme!

hiking
1 month ago

Christmas hike in 2014, when there wasn't any snow in the French Alps. Hike starts from the Samoens village. Very little used, we saw only one person. Don't go alone as it might take a while to be found and helped . Stunning views on the village, Samoens peak, and Mont-Blanc in the distance. First half is forest then it becomes more rocky. 4 Hours round-trip for two guys.

backpacking
1 month ago

Easy trail but the view is more than amazing!

backpacking
1 month ago

Nice hiking in the forest, and the cascade is truly beautiful

Nous n’avons pas fait la randonnée mais nous avons croisé le pont sur la route d124 au départ d’Ota vers Evisa, un peu avant la jonction avec la d84.

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