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The Grande Randonée GR5-GR52 links Lac Léman in Switzerland [map] with the Metinerranean coast at Menton, in the southeast corner of France. This page in Beyond gives an overview of the GR5/51 trail [map gr05] crossing the Alpes-Maritimes and the Parc National du Mercantour, from Larche to Menton.

 GR5 GR52 photo trecolpas0005s.jpg (8 k) Our Beyond photo here is the Lac de Trecolpas, a good resting place before climbing to the Pas des Ladres.

This Beyond page is an overview of the GR5-GR51 crossing the Mercantour, not a detailed trail guide for the hike. Apart from the detailed information available on the web, we advise the "Topo Guide GR5-GR51"from the FFRP (Féderation Française de la Randonnnée Pédestre), and the appropriate 1:25'000 scale IGN maps of the area (listed in the table, below).

Beyond has hiked some parts of the GR5-GR52 trails, and some of them many, many times, but we've not done the full Larche-Menton trip, so we don't have direct experience to advance to you.

GR52 Larche - Menton

Place Altitude Maps Info
Larche 1697 m 1:25k: 3538 ET (IGN) Aiguille de Chambeyron
1:50k: 3639 (IGN Orange) Larche
Lauzanier Lake 2280 m 1:25k: 3639 OT (IGN) Haute Tinée 1
Boussiéyas 1880 m 1:25k: 3639 OT (IGN) Haute Tinée 1
Hamlet, Gite d'etape.
Saint Dalmas-le-Selvage 1480 m 1:25k: 3639 OT (IGN) Haute Tinée 1
Village, Gite d'etape.
Saint Etienne-de-Tinée 1142 m 1:25k: 3639 OT (IGN) Haute Tinée 1
Small town, Gite d'etape.
Auron Village, Ski Station 1600 m 1:25k: 3640 OT (IGN) Haut Cians
Ski station, shops.
Blainon Pass 2014 m 1:25k: 3639 OT (IGN) Haute Tinée 1
   3640 OT (IGN) Haut Cians
Roya 1490 m 1:25k: 3639 OT (IGN) Haute Tinée 1
Gite d'etape.
Crousette Pass 2480 m 1:25k: 3640 OT (IGN) Haut Cians
Moulines Pass 1981 m 1:25k: 3640 OT (IGN) Haut Cians
   3641 ET (IGN) Moyenne Tinée
Vacherie de Roure 1843 m 1:25k: 3641 ET (IGN) Moyenne Tinée
Roure 1132 m 1:25k: 3641 ET (IGN) Moyenne Tinée
1:50k: 9 (Didier Richard) Mercantour
Village, Gite d'etape.
Rimplas 1000 m 1:25k: 3641 OT (IGN) Moyenne Var
Village
Saint Dalmas Valdeblore 1290 m 1:25k: 3641 ET (IGN) Moyenne Tinée
   3741 OT (IGN) Vallée de la Vésubie
Village, Gite d'etape.
Bam Pass 2452 m 1:25k: 3641 ET (IGN) Moyenne Tinée
   3741 OT (IGN) Vallée de la Vésubie
Salèse Pass 2031 m 1:25k: 3641 ET (IGN) Moyenne Tinée
   3741 OT (IGN) Vallée de la Vésubie
Boréon Falls 1470 m 1:25k: 3741 OT (IGN) Vallée de la Vésubie
Café-resto, Gite d'etape.
Pas des Ladres 2107 m 1:25k: 3741 OT (IGN) Vallée de la Vésubie
Madonne de Fenestre 1903 m 1:25k: 3741 OT (IGN) Vallée de la Vésubie
Refuge (CAF).
Refuge de Nice 2232 m 1:25k: 3741 OT (IGN) Vallée de la Vésubie
Refuge (CAF).
Baisse du Basto 2693 m 1:25k: 3741 OT (IGN) Vallée de la Vésubie
Refuge des Merveilles 2111 m 1:25k: 3741 OT (IGN) Vallée de la Vésubie
Refuge (CAF). Iron-age petroglyphs in the Vallée des Merveilles.
Baisse Cavaline 2107 m 1:25k: 3741 OT (IGN) Vallée de la Vésubie
Pointe des Trois Communes 2080 m 1:25k: 3741 OT (IGN) Vallée de la Vésubie
   3741 ET (IGN) Vallée de la Bévéra
Ruined forts on the hills south.
Baisse de Linère 1342 m 1:25k: 3741 ET (IGN) Vallée de la Bévéra
Sospel 354 m 1:25k: 3741 ET (IGN) Vallée de la Bévéra
1:50k: 26 (Didier Richard) Pay d'Azur
Small town, Gite d'etape. Nice - Cuneo train.
Trétore Pass 1107 m 1:25k: 3741 ET (IGN) Vallée de la Bévéra
Berceau Pass 1148 m 1:25k: 3742 OT (IGN) Nice-Menton
Menton 16 m 1:25k: 3742 OT (IGN) Nice-Menton


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