Tue, 8 April 2014
Minimum altitude: 1,600 meters
Slope Aspect: North-WestTrip Reports
Vertical Climbed: 900 meters (2,953 feet)
Climb the road towards la Madone de Fenestre to the Vacheries de Devanse, just after (WP 353) take a walking trail that climbs to the SE through the woods to the Plan de Prals. At around 1850 m you exit into a large bowl. follow this to the South to climb a final short, steepish slope to a ridge at the Baisse de Prals (2339m). Follow this to the SW to reach the summit.
Ski down by the same route, the summit ridge can seem a bit narrow. When you get to pt.1823 meters follow the trail to the right to reach the road. Don't try to descend through the woods.
Comments on route: Super view over the Mediterranean and the summits of the Neiglier and Grand Capelet.
Access: Nice N202 -> D2565 (St Martin Vésubie) -> D.94. Parking just after the Vachere du Devansé (April) or further depending on snow cover. Road is generally closed at 1200m in winter and opens at the start of May.
Equipment: Ski crampons for the final climb
Country: France Area: Mercantour Trailhead: Madone de Fenestre