Tête du Sanglier

Page Type
Mountain/Rock
Location:
Alpes de Haute Provence, France, Europe
County:
Ubaye
Activities:
Hiking, Trad Climbing, Sport Climbing
Season:
Summer
Elevation:
8704 ft / 2653 m
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Tête du Sanglier
Created On: Aug 4, 2011
Last Edited On: May 3, 2018

Overview


Tête du Sanglier m. 2653


The Ubaye area (Alpes de Haute Provence) offers quite an interesting climbing ground, both on the limestone towers located near Barcelonnette, as Chapeau de Gendarme and Pain de Sucre, and on the quartzite peaks belonging to the Chambeyron Group and lying nearby the nice hamlet of Maljasset. Tête du Sanglier - meaning Wild Boar Head - is one of these latter, an imposing rocky castle overlooking the road joining St. Paul sur l’Ubaye and the small village of Maljasset (D25).
The mountain main interests are both climbing and hiking. In fact the trail along the Normal route to the summit is a pleasant hike, giving an interesting experience inside the beautiful Vallon des Houerts and allowing to take some magnificent views over the beautiful surroundings.
This peak shows an interesting climbing-ground on two main faces, where we can find some interesting climbing routes: the East face - overlooking the road D 25 running along the Ubaye Valley, nearby the small village of La Barge – has both equipped and trad routes, while the wild South Face – requiring a longer approach – has exclusively trad routes.

Getting There

The starting point is the road D25 running in the Ubaye Valley, 500 meters befor getting the small hamlet of La Barge.
The main towns in the area are Barcelonnette and Guillestre.


Road Approach

- 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 La Barge (mt. 1877)- The trail to the East Face climbing routes starts 500 meters before getting to La Barge, while the trail both to the Normal Route and the South Face routes starts about 2 km. before La Barge.

- 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 La Barge (mt. 1877)- The trail to the East Face climbing routes starts 500 meters before getting to La Barge, while the trail both to the Normal Route and the South Face routes starts about 2 km. before La Barge.

Hiking

Tête du Sanglier Normal Route

Summit altitude: m. 2653

Altitude Gain: 800 m.
Starting point: Parking des Houerts



It’ s possible to get to the top of Tete du Sanglier following its Normal Route, which rises along the first part of the Houerts Valley: a simply but satisfactory hike, getting to the summit and allowing some magnificent views.
The starting point of this trail is situated along D25 about 2 kilometers before La Barge village (Parking des Houerts). From the little parking get back a bit along the road, reaching the starting point of Houerts Valley path (signposts). The well worn path rises with several hairpins overcoming the beginning slopes and entering the Houerts Valley. When the track is getting to a huge steep and red wall rising on your left-hand side – it’s the fine North-East face of Sommet Rouge (Red Summit) – you must leave the main path, turning to right and following a track rising steeply along stones and grassy slopes. A final scramble on an easy ridge heading left is leading to the summit.

Tete de Sanglier Near the top with Sommet Rouge in front of
Tete de Sanglier: near the top with Sommet Rouge in front of

Routes overview

Routes overview (French Scale)

EAST FACE - Approach from road D25

From left to right:

*** Les Jardins d’Amandine TD, 6a max, 5c obbl. 350 mt.
*** Les Diedres D+, 5, 350 mt.
*** Au delà du Délire (Beyond the delirium) D+, 5, 160 mt.
*** A l’ombre du Mélèze en fleur (Below the larchs in bloom) TD+, 6b max, 6a obbl., 160 mt.
*** Fleurs de Rocaille (Flowers of the Stones) TD-, 6a max, 5+ obbl. , 150 mt.



SOUTH FACE – Approach from Houerts Valley

From left to right:

*** Les Emabarres D, 5a obbl., 350 mt
*** A la Recherce du Thon Perdu TD-, 5+ obbl., 350 mt.
*** Les Retrouvailles D+, 5+ obbl., 350 mt.
*** L’Innomeé TD, 5 obbl., 350 mt.
*** Isabellarium TD, 5+ obbl., 350 mt.

Tete de Sanglier Les jardins d'Amandine final walk towards the top
Les jardins d'Amandine: final walk towards the top


Red Tape

No particular restrictions in climbing and hiking

Where to stay

There is a campsite open in summer in Saint Paul sur l'Ubaye.
In the hamlet of Maljasset in Maljasset Hut (French Alpine Club - CAF, mt. 1905), 60 beds, always open, phone 04 92 84 34 04 or in Gite d’etape “La Cure”.
In Pont d’Estreche Maison d’hotes “La Posada”.

When to climb and hike

Best season goes from June to October

Meteo


METEO FRANCE


METEO ALPI

External Links


REFUGE CAF MALJASSET

Guidebooks and maps

 








Tête du Sanglier map



Guidebooks

"La grimpe en Ubaye" by Colin Michel CAF

“Alpes du Sud, Provence" by Hervé Galley - Editions Olizane - Geneve (Switzerland)

Maps

Map IGN TOP 25 3538 ET, Aiguilles de Chambeyron