Lac de Sagnes

Difficulty
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Hard
Duration
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6-8.5h
Distance
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19.2 km
Elevation
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1,023 m
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Overall Rating
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10.0
Physical Difficulty
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Advanced (Diamond)
Suitable for advanced experience level looking for a solid adventure.
Technical Difficulty
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Intermediate (Square)
Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
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Panorama of the Lac de Sagnes hike in Mercantour National Park, France

Hiking to the beautiful Lac de Sagnes in the late afternoon exalts the beauty of this landscape. The Lac des Sagnes has exceptional scenery, where rocks, water and vegetation meet in harmony. It’s a gorgeous, meditative walk.

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Route Description for Lac de Sagnes

From the where you parked, if you look back down Les Brayes road you’ll see a path to the right that starts off going north. Continue on this path for 1km and then take the path going left, pointing in the direction of Lac des Sagnes.

The path goes through the coniferous woods. It goes from one side of the mountain to the other up until you get to a dirt road. Soon after that you’ll reach the crossroad at 1,872 m.

Continue on that dirt road along the side of the valley. After 6.0 km from the starting point you’ll find a little traditional hut. The valley opens up here as the larches mingle with the grasslands.

After 3.0 km more you’ll arrive at a lookout showing you the Tour des Sagnes. The Tour is a unique, pointed geological formation that shoots above La Lac de Sagnes.

Close to the hamlet of Le Brec, you’ll take the path on the left side that goes down. After half an hour or so, you’ll arrive to the shore or the lake (1,820 m).

The return could be on the path you came; however, we like taking the longer, alternate route that takes you along the valley floor. From the lake, take the right-hand path that starts along the Torrent d’Abries. When the path splits, take the left-hand path, away from the river. Follow this path, and it eventually intersects with the path you came up on. At this point you can go right and retrace your path up or you can take the road to the left, which is quite longer but is more panoramic at the end.

When you arrive in view of the hamlet le Pouzévians, after some turns, you can take a path that brings you directly to your car.

Insider Hints for Lac de Sagnes

  • The hike could be nice by mountain bike. Some people think biking in is the best way to reach the lake.
  • From the lake, you can go to the Col de Raspaillon (2,513 m). You can reach in 2 hours by foot.
  • This hike shouldn’t do in summer on Sunday, because the dirt road open to 4x4 driving enthusiasts.
  • If you want to stay near here, check out Jausiers or Barcelonnette. Their tourism pages will have lots of info on where to stay and what to eat.

Getting to the Lac de Sagnes Trailhead

In Jausiers you’ll want to find the town of Lans. From Lans find the Farm House Lodge called Deux Pailles et de Bois on Le Serret street. Go east for 85 m and take a sharp left to stay on Le Serret then turn left again to stay on Le Serret. Stay on the road as it changes to Les Faviers and then Les Brayes (maybe 500 m total). You can park your car on the right of the road, where there’s a little road that goes to the hamlet of Le Pouzévians.

Route Information

  • When to do

    May to early November

  • Backcountry Campsites

    In Jausiers or from 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. on site

  • Toilets

    Yes, in Jausiers

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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