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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 141 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, trail running 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 91 hard trails in Mercantour National Park ranging from 2.9 to 77.1 miles and from 1,017 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:
167,785 acres
Contact
04 93 16 78 88
Top trails (141)
#1 - Lac Nègre and Pas du Préfouns
Mercantour National Park
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Length: 10.2 mi • Est. 6 h 28 m
This trail is one of the great classic in the Vésubie valley. The hike will take you to Lac Nègre at an altitude of about 2,500 m. A well marked trail will help you get around it.Show more
#2 - Lac de Vens and Colle del Ferro Nord
Mercantour National Park
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Length: 10 mi • Est. 6 h 32 m
#3 - Lacs des Millefonts
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
#4 - Lac Autier
Mercantour National Park
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 3 h 11 m
#5 - 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
#6 - Lac de la Fous
Mercantour National Park
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 3 h 11 m
#7 - La Madone - Lacs de Prals
Mercantour National Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 55 m
#8 - Trécolpas Lake and Cougourde Refuge
Mercantour National Park
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 3 h 44 m
Gorgeous trail through the forest punctuated by beautiful breakaways on the border ridges of the upper Boréon, among them on the spectacular gneiss walls of the Cougourde, characteristic top having the shape of a squash/courgette. By the majesty of the site, the quality of the rock and the respectable height of its faces, the Cougourde attracts many summer and autumn hikers for more than half a century. The route also includes small valleys adjacent to the green of the Boréon, culminating on the quiet Lake Trécolpas, nestled directly below Pas des Ladres (obligatory passage to the sanctuary of the Madonna de Fenestre and very busy in July-August). Before returning, there is the option to stay at the Cougourde Refuge about halfway through the hike. There are several other refuges located near the trailhead.Show more
#9 - Fouillouse, Viraysse, Saint-Ours
Mercantour National Park
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Length: 9.5 mi • Est. 4 h 50 m
This hike from Fouillouse takes you near the Italian border in the Mercantour National Park. The route is dominated by the Massif de Chambeyron which marks a natural border between France and Italy. After a start in the forest, along the Baragne, the path reaches the Col du Vallonet. The route becomes more mineral and passes between the Western Alps and the Massif de l'Ubaye. The path joins the old battery of Viraysse. This stronghold is the highest in Tournoux. It was armed with eight cannons. This work, which dates from the end of the 19th century, was decommissioned in 1915. The descent then takes a balcony path which offers a view of the village of Larche and descends in the direction of Saint-Ours following the course of the Riou du Pinet.Show more
#10 - Casterino - Lacs de Peyrefique
Mercantour National Park
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Length: 9.8 mi • Est. 5 h 56 m
This route first in the forest, then in the pastures leads you to the alpine lakes of Peyrefique. Located in the Roya valley, facing the Vallée des Merveilles, this course offers sumptuous views. The lakes formerly in Italian territory are on a little traveled route. In spring you will enjoy the flowering of alpine flowers.Show more
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