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Kathy, Charley and Kelly's Best of Provence - Hiking in the Luberon
Kathy Wood (Kaydee)
Gorges de Regalon (more challenging)
Time: Three-and-a-half hours
Map: IGN blue map - 3142 OT (Cavaillon)
Conditions: Mostly well-marked trails through farmland, a narrow gorge, woods, and mountains. The walk through the gorge itself involves some steep climbs on rocks and a place where you must stoop quite low for several feet. You'll also need to maneuver on rocks on the descent. Hiking boots are essential.
This is a more challenging hike on the south side of the Luberon that takes you through the narrow gorge and then out along the base of the Petit Luberon. In places the walls of the gorge rise almost 100 feet above the path. The scenery, terrain, and views all make this hike extremely interesting - actually spectacular. Because of that, the Gorges de Regalon is also very popular, so it's best to hike here during the week instead of on weekends, especially during warmer weather. Do not hike here on a day when it may rain or on a day after a rainy day, as the path through the gorge apparently becomes a torrential stream as water rushes off the Petit Luberon.
From Cavaillon, take the D973 around the south side of the Petit Luberon (toward Cheval Blanc). About three kilometers before Merindol, take a left when the sign directs you to the Gorges de Regalon. There is a large parking and picnic area.
Amazing scenery beyond the gorge
South side of the Petit Luberon
www.slowphotos.com/photo/showgallery.php?cat=3771: Best of Provence - Hiking in the Luberon (Gorges de Regalon)
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