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Best trails in Mercantour National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Mercantour National Park, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur? AllTrails has 100 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 63 hard trails in Mercantour National Park ranging from 2.9 to 77.1 miles and from 1,177 to 10,127 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

The Mercantour National Park was established in 1979. The park is located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, very close to the Mediterranean and at the beginning of the Alps and just on the border with Italy. The Mercantour National Park is made up of two zones called the “heart of the park” (area of 679 km²) and the “adherence area” (1,083 km). While the heart of the park is strictly protected by law, the area of compliance with the more flexible regulations benefits from economic, social and cultural investments which aim to preserve the heart of the park by curbing the rural exodus while promoting tourism in the region. It is a national mountain park. The heart of the national park has an altitude ranging from 490 meters to 3,143 meters (Cime du Gélas). Its landscapes are very varied and include two large massifs separated by the axis of the Tinée: in the northwest a limestone or shale massif, in the southeast the crystalline massif shared with Argentera. With a length of 150 km, the territory extends over six valleys in the Southern Alps. The rich fauna of the park includes: wolves, Iberian ibex, chamoix, marmots, raptors including the Golden Eagle and vultures, many other birds, invertebrates and also other rodents. With regard to the flora, the Mercantour National Park has more than 2,000 plant species.

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Map of trails in Mercantour National Park
Park information
Acreage:
167785 acres
Contact
04 93 16 78 88
Top trails (100)
#1 - Lake Nègre and Pas du Préfouns
Mercantour National Park
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Length: 10.2 mi • Est. 6 h 28 m
This path is one of the classic in the Vésubie Valley. This path is so busy but beautiful. The hike will take you to Lake Nègre at about 2500 m altitude. A well-marked trail will help you get around iShow more
#2 - Lac Autier
Mercantour National Park
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 3 h 11 m
Lac Autier is a 4.7 mile out and back trail located near Belvédère, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trShow more
#3 - Col de Fenestre and Pas des Ladres
Mercantour National Park
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 3 h 18 m
This high mountain hike is located in the Mercantour National Park. It forms a loop passing through the Col de Fenestre, from where you can admire the panoramic views, then through the Pas des Ladres.Show more
#4 - Millefonts Lakes
Mercantour National Park
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 3 h 18 m
This circuit trail passes through the five Lacs des Millefonts (Millefonds Lakes) and climbs up and down Mont Pépoiri (Mount Pépoiri).Show more
#5 - Lake Vens and Colle del Ferro Nord
Mercantour National Park
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Length: 10 mi • Est. 6 h 32 m
Lake Vens and Colle del Ferro Nord is a 10 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Saint-Dalmas-le-Selvage, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France that features a lake and is only recommended fShow more
#6 - Lake Trécolpas and Col de Fenestre
Mercantour National Park
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 5 h 23 m
This is an awesome hike. Do not hesitate to stop for a bite to eat in a restaurant overlooking Italy. This hike can be difficult but is beautiful. You will have views of the Franc and Italy.Show more
#7 - Sospel - Cima di Basavina via GR52
Mercantour National Park
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Length: 8.9 mi • Est. 5 h 44 m
Sospel - Cima di Basavina via GR52 is a 8.9 mile loop trail located near Sospel, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hikShow more
#8 - Relais de Merveilles to Refuge de Nice
Mercantour National Park
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Length: 11.6 mi • Est. 8 h 47 m
This is one of the hikes that run through the French National Park of Mercantour, a hike of about 30 miles (19Km) that is done in one of the most preserved areas of the park. Each segment roughly corrShow more
#9 - Vallée des Merveilles - Cime des Lacs
Mercantour National Park
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Length: 11 mi • Est. 7 h 18 m
Vallée des Merveilles - Cime des Lacs is a 11 mile loop trail located near Belvédère, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. Show more
#10 - The Alps Way: Sainte-Anne-la-Condamine to Fouillouse
Mercantour National Park
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Length: 19.1 mi • Est. 11 h 3 m
It is a multi-day cycle track crossing the western Alps, France and the last kilometers of Italy. It starts in Geneva, on the shores of Lake Geneva and ends in Ventimiglia, on the shores of the MediteShow more
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