Sainte-Croix Lake by « les Plaines »

Au lieu-dit de Chaudon, cette randonnée vous proposera un magnifique belvédère sur la partie nord-est du lac de Sainte-Croix !

From the foot of the village, follow this itinerary of average distance and difficulty to enjoy
superb views overlooking Sainte-Croix lake ! 

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Au départ de la randonnée, l'ancienne ferme fortifiée de l'Hert (propriété privée) marquera le début de la "grosse montée" de l'itinéraire...

Departure at the foot of the village, just next to the camping-car area and the sports grounds, at the intersection of the D952 and Chemin de Quinson.
Go down the Chemin de Quinson and, immediately after the ford, go straight on and pass just below the old fortified farm of l'Hert (private property) following the indication "Sainte-Croix du Verdon | Les Plaines ".
A few hundred meters after the place called Hert, there is a climb of about 1.8 km for ~220 m of positive elevation change. Although this hiking route is relatively undemanding, this portion should not be taken too lightly because of its short length!
At the end of the ascent, start the return trip by following the trail that goes 90° to the left. Not far from the place called Campagne Féraud, you will find the first viewpoint with a privileged view of the Sainte-Croix lake in emerald color.

Near the place called Chaudon, a much more open spot, you will be able to fully enjoy a magnificent panorama, where you will see in front of you, from left to right, the Galetas bridge and the mouth of the Verdon Gorges, or the village of Aiguines & its mountain of Grand Margès !... It is from this point that you will go back to 90° on the left in direction of Marzols. For nearly 2 kilometers, the descent will be much steeper, at first via a dozen of twists and turns. Complete the hike by ~4 km on a false flat uphill following very simply the direction of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie and crossing successively (or passing close by) three of our partner campsites: Le Moulin, le Domaine du Petit Lac and Peyrengues

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