Mont Gerbier de Jonc, Saint-Martial

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Mont Gerbier de Jonc is a mountain of volcanic origin located in the Massif Central in France. It rises to an altitude of 1551m, and its base contains three springs that are the source of the Loire, France's longest river. It is the second most-visited site in the département of Ardèche, after the Ardèche Gorges.This particular Lava dome resembles the back of a mythical tarasque. When it was active, it would have smelled of rotten eggs due to Hydrogen sulfide gas emanating from vents and fissures surrounding it.
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  • Rather intriguing, beautiful and wild. The mont gerbier is to be included in the visit of several sites of the Ardèche plateau... place unknown but which is full of wonders (cascade of Ray Pic, Lake Saint Martial...)
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  • Unique wonderful small craftsmen at the foot of Mount visit the shop with the source of the Loire produced local and regional memories a treat!
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  • At that time, everything is closed, so nothing to see if mount! And there also is quickly seen! Return and 1 h 30 ROUND-TRIP drive for it!
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  • A place to be discovered. The rise of the Gerbier is possible, but not easy. Good shoes are required, and some passages using ropes. The view from the top is magnificent.
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  • Ride moving when you live in Nantes! Under the Sun is... Magnificent view from the top. Quick but steep climb... The very ugly authentic source management cons...
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  • Excellent site combining beauty of the landscape and physical exercise (!) Site not to be missed in the Northern Ardèche
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  • The climb is physical, but worth the effort. Panorama at the top.
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  • Very nice view after 30 min of "steep" rise in the pebbles and rocks. To bring good shoes. The descent may be difficult because passage with ropes. To avoid if you have Vertigo.
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