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| 8h45 | 18.9 km | 725 m | 2007 m
This last, low-altitude, stage on the Blue Trail, takes the GR® 52A. It enters the core zone of the Mercantour national park just after the village of Moulinet and leaves it at the “Bandita de Barrins” area on the southernmost edge of the Mercantour national park. Next, a descent brings you to the stage destination, Sospel, a medieval village at the heart of the Bévéra valley.
The trail follows the red and white markings of the GR® 52A as far as Moulinet. Between the Luceram road and the Moulinet road, take the track that passes above the Moulinet road. After 250 metres, walk past the picnic area, heading westward for about one hundred metres, then take the track on the right and just after this, the track on the left. Head uphill on a gentle slope as far as the Escaillou peak and then walk downhill again to the south to the Patronel pass. The track swings over to the eastern slope below the Pourcel peak and then descends to the south east into a beautiful forest towards the Bévéra valley. At the hamlet of Castelet, the trail heads south west and then south to Moulinet. Walk through Moulinet and head towards the lower end of the village. Follow departmental road D2566 towards Sospel for about 300 metres. On reaching a cross, turn left onto the path marked in yellow that descends below the road. A few metres lower down at the St Sébastien wayside shrine, take the path to the left to cross a stream on a first stone bridge, and walk along the little Gouargas valley for about 300m (marker 21). On the right-hand path, cross the little Gouargas valley on another bridge and then start off by climbing to the north east and then the south to reach a ridge that must be followed in an eastward direction on a steep and winding trail. At 1,141m in altitude, the path continues on an almost level course for about 250 metres and after a short climb, it divides into two. Take the path on the right that heads to the south and continue on an almost level course as far as the Linière pass, where there is a junction with the GR® 52 that arrives from the Vallée des Merveilles (Valley of Marvels). From here, follow the red and white markings. The trail loses altitude and heads directly to the south to cross the boundaries of Mercantour national park and arrive at the Figuièra pass, where a military road leading to Mount Gros is crossed. The trail continues to descend to the south, running parallel to the road for about 400 metres and leaving it when it meets the road that climb up to Mount Agaisen. Keep following the red and white markings to walk down directly southward across terraced arable land to arrive in Sospel.
At the heart of the Maritime Alps, the stage brings you to the famous town of Sospel after the Turini pass, a symbol of the incessant Franco-Italian wars throughout history.
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Last update : 2014-03-07