Aiguille Large de Mary
Aiguille Large de Mary is a beautiful peak lying inside the Chambeyron group, nearby Aiguille Pierre Andrè (Alpes de Haute Provence, Ubaye province).
The mountain main interests are both climbing and hiking. In fact the Normal route to the summit is a simply
hike, but this trail really offers some magnificent views over Marinet Lakes and Aiguille de Chambeyron.
On Aiguille Large de Mary North-East face, the interesting wall facing toward the approach path, runs Marinet Là, a spectacular climbing route with extra-quality orange and black quartzite, equipped with spaced bolts.
The main towns in the area are Barcelonnette and Guillestre.
- From Barcelonnette follow the road D902 in the Ubaye Valley towards Saint Paul sur l'Ubaye; getting to Saint Paul, leave the road D902 and follow on the right the road D25 crossing Saint Paul, continuing up the valley and getting to the small hamlet of Maljasset (mt. 1905)- Parking before the village.
- From Guillestre follow the road D902 rising to Col de Var, then descending to Saint Paul sur l'Ubaye; getting to Saint Paul, leave the road D902 and follow on the right the road D25 crossing Saint Paul, continuing up the valley and getting to the small hamlet of Maljasset (mt. 1905)- Parking before the village.
Cars in Maljasset village are not allowed. Leave them in the parking before entering the village.
Huts and CampingsThere is an equipped camping in Saint Paul sur l'Ubaye open in summer .
In the nice hamlet of Maljasset it's possible to stay in Refuge CAF Maljasset (French Alpine Club - CAF, mt. 1905), 60 beds, always open, phone 04 92 84 34 04.
REFUGE CAF MALJASSET
Aiguille Large de Mary Normal Route, a beatiful hike
From Maljasset cross the Ubaye river (bridge), going toward right and taking in the beginning an unsurfaced route towards Col Maurin, then a good path rising to reach a grassy terrace (m. 2045) and going into Mary Valley. At the "upper alp" mt. 2380 (a little and unguarded shepherd's hut) leave the main trail and turn to right; a good path rises towards the Marinet Lakes. Once getting to the wide basin where the beautiful lakes lie, turn to right, following a path rising along the valley and leading to Col Large. From here turn to right and reach Aiguille Large de Mary's top by an easy scramble (3 hours from Maljasset).
Guidebooks and maps
"Alpes du Sud, Provence" by Hervè Galley - Editions Olizane
"La grimpe en Ubaye" by Colin Michel, CAF
IGN 3538ET Aiguilles de Chambeyron - Cols de Larche et de Vars
IGN 3637OT Mont Viso - St-Véran - Aiguilles