Col du Béal / Pierre-sur-haute (±25 km)

 

If you're a fan of hiking and nice views than you should definitely visit the Col du Béal and a point close by just higher up the mountain called Pierre-sur-Haute at 1634 m. Pierre-sur-Haute is the highest point on the Monts du Forez and the departement the Loire equally.

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Pierre-sur-Haute in the distance

 

You can reach Pierre-sur-Haute from the Col du Béal by foot by a normal road all the way to the top where there is a radarstation of the Franch Airforce. If you don't want to take the road there're also little hiking trails to climb up the mountain.

 

If you look to the West or East you have a phenomenal view. In the West you can see the Massif du Sancy and the old volcano of the Puy-de-Dôme, and in the East you can clearly see the Massif du Mont-Blanc in the Alps. But you have also a nice view of things closer by like the department of the Loire.

 

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Massif of the Mont-Blanc
View over the Puy-de-Dôme

 

On the East flank of the Monts du Forez lays the skiing area Chalmazel. In the surroundings of Col du Béal and Pierre-sur-Haute you can take long and shorter hiking routes. It's also possible to climb the Col du Béal from some villages on the East or West side.

 

For the ones who prefer cycling instead of walking to climb the Col du Béal is a challenge. Also with the mountainsbike there're several possibilities.

You can read more about the Col du Béal at the follwing site  www.col-du-beal.com

 

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The road to Col du Béal...
..in autumn colours