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Track Notes for the GR52 in France
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Addie Bedford
(addiebedford) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Track Notes for the GR52 in France on 09/30/2008 15:19:17 MDT Print View

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Track Notes for the GR52 in France

(RobertM2S) - M

Locale: Lake Tahoe
GR52 on 10/01/2008 20:46:07 MDT Print View

Roger, while your GR52 trip was interesting, I prefer your trips that involve you coming close to dying, such as "When Things Go Wrong." Please try to include death-defying close calls in all your future trips. Don't get too close, though, we don't want to lose you or your wife.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: GR52 on 10/01/2008 20:54:38 MDT Print View

> death-defying close calls

Aaron McNulty
Trip planning on 04/06/2012 20:29:01 MDT Print View

I'm thinking about making a small part of this trip with my wife. We're planning on doing 5-6 days on the trail, but still deciding on which portion of the GR-5 and/or GR-52 to do- somewhere between Larche and Menton.

We're experienced hikers in our small corner of the Eastern US. But our hikes are in the rolling hills of Eastern Kentucky and Tennessee- certainly not Alpine terrain!

I have a question for anyone who has experience on this trail. Our general rule of thumb is to avoid hikes where a false step or slip will lead to a serious fall, injury, or death. Are there points on this trail that fit this description? Are there certain stretches that are less perilous than others? We're young and fit, and have no problems with strenuous hiking. But we like to have our feet on a firm trail, with room for error or trips.


Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Trip planning on 04/06/2012 21:46:15 MDT Print View

Hi Aaron

The French GR routes are highlights of the trails network. They are used a lot. By and large, the tracks are well-maintained and will present no problems at all to any experienced walker. Or to any fit active kid either.

There were one or two spots on the GR52 where the track did have a lot of gravel on the surface as it went downhill. I remember commenting about it to my wife - but I don't think either of us slowed down much there.

I also remember one stretch of the GR5 where the guide book mentioned there was an exposed and technical section, which caused my wife some concern beforehand. We got to the next junction and my wife asked with some confusion or amusement where the difficult bit was.

Now, Menton. That is on the coast (the Med) and it was stinking hot there. I don't think many people do the last couple of days S of the Val de Merveilles. That bit of the track was a bit rougher too. My suggestion would be that if you only have 6 days, stay further N up in the mountains. You will definitely enjoy that more. The Parc National de Vanois is nice.