|Sommet de Cremon from
Lac de Castillon
Sommet de Cremon
|Estimated net time||4-4½ hours|
The whole route runs on path and forest road
|Drinking water||No stable access to running water.|
|GSM coverage||No coverage along the west base of the mountain, but else OK (October 2011).|
|Parking||Room for one or two cars at trail head, but make sure you don't block for other traffic.|
|Start height||912 metres|
|Vertical metres||950 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||13.2 km|
From the round about by the market square in the town Castellane, approximately 65 km west/north-west of Nice as the crow flies, drive 7.7 km in the direction of Digne. Turn right where signed for "Demandolx" and drive another 250 metres to where a gravel road goes off to the left. Find parking at the start of the gravel road.
Start walking by following this gravel road a little less than 100 metres, to where the road is blocked by a metal chain. Turn right onto a path signed by yellow paint. Follow this path 1.2 km until it meets a forest road. Turn right and then leave the forest road after 70 metres, where signed for "Sommet de Cremon". Follow this path another 1.2 km to a 4-way path junction. Continue on the one heading straight ahead, which after 10-20 metres turns into a gravel road. Follow this road a little more than 800 metres and fork right onto a path. This path soon has white and green marking (as opposed to the yellow), since the yellow and green/white paths merge. Stay on this path approximately 750 metres and turn right onto a path marked with yellow. Stay on this path as it takes you south/south-east to the summit. When you get a little above 1600 metres you can choose between staying on the ridge or following a path a little down in the left side. It is recommended to follow the ridge. If you stay on the ridge you will be taken across a number of small tops, before you eventually get to the summit, which is marked by a sign (wrongly saying the summit is 1780 metres) and two cairns.
Return by reversing your ascent route.
07. October 2011
Elisabeth and I left home around 05:30 this Friday morning and flew to Oslo, before taking the morning flight to Nice. Here we spent a least an hour getting our rental car, and then drove north and west to Castellane. Here we found ourselves a hotel, got some late lunch and bought maps. Elisabeth didn't feel for a hike so I decided to go solo. The initial plan had been to hike the prominent Sommet de la Bernarde, but because we arrived Castellane relatively late I decided to settle for Sommet de Cremon in order to make sure I was back down before it got dark.
While driving north from Nice the temperatures had been as high as 29°C, but by
the time I started my hike at 900 metres the temperature was only 16°C. But with
a shining sun it was heaven compared to the last couple of weeks we had
experienced on the Norwegian north-east coast. But as I got above 1300 metres it
was starting to get chilly and windy, and I had to put on both a jacket and a
hat. Luckily the summit wasn't much more windy so taking photos and enjoying the
views was quite acceptable. After a quick chat with Elisabeth I started my
descent, and back at the car I drove straight to the super market to get some