The fox trail

The fox trail

Architecture and village
Water and geology
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The Col de Montjardin pass links the Causse Noir plateau with Mont Aigoual. The path makes its way through contrasting scenery: Causse steppe with its scattered small battalions of box trees; deep forests on the Aigoual slopes; abrupt green gorges populated by Scots pines; cracked cliffs carved by the elements; ravines full of nooks where some trees have miraculously found a pocket of soil

2 points of interest

  • Geology

    Le Trévezel

    You are on the western border of the Aigoual massif, whose vast wooded slopes you can see. Southwest of you is a geological contact zone between the Causse Noir limestone plateau and the granite massif of Le Suquet. Between the two lies the deep groove created by the white waters of Le Trévezel. A small causse at the foot of Le Suquet is home to the hamlet of Comeiras, which is mentioned in Jean Carrière’s novel, La Caverne des pestiférés.
  • History

    The hamlet of Montjardin

    The ground here is full of ores of all kinds, which have been mined at various times but without ever being abundant enough to make exploitation permanent.
    Periodically, life in the village of Montjardin and its surroundings was dominated by lead, zinc, chalcopyrite and silver mining. In 1778 a shepherd discovered a silver vein at Montjardin. It was exploited for some time and then abandoned. In 1908 the Villemagne mining and metalworking company re-opened the mine, as well as others in the sector. The mine gallery at Montjardin was 450 m long. During this boom period, over 400 miners were employed across the concession. It definitively closed in 1932, and the former miners’ village near Montjardin is today a holiday centre.


Signposts will guide you all along this route, as well as yellow painted waymarks. In the description below, the signposted place names and/or directions are given in bold italics between quotation marks:

From the starting-point in the hamlet of Montjardin, take the Queue du Rat road. Walk along the farm.
  1. At “Le Roube” head for "Randavel” via “La Pousounyère”, walk along the camping-car area and go uphill into the coniferous forest.
  2. At “La Pousounyere” take the path on the left. Gentle downhill section to “Randavel”.
  3. At “Randavel” stay below the houses and go uphill to “Le Roube”.
  4. Return to "Montjardin".
  • Departure : Lanuéjols
  • Arrival : lanuéjols
  • Towns crossed : Lanuéjols


Altimetric profile


Before committing yourself to a circuit, ensure that it is suitable for your activity level and ability. Remember that the weather changes quickly in the mountains. Take enough water. Please close all gates and barriers behind you.
Is in the midst of the park
The national park is an unrestricted natural area but subjected to regulations which must be known by all visitors.

Information desks

Tourism & national parc'house

Col de la Serreyrède, 30570 Val d'Aigoual

https://www.sudcevennes.comoffice-du-tourisme-causse@wanadoo.fr04 67 82 64 67

The Maison de l'Aigoual houses the tourism office Mont Aigoual Causses Cévennes and the Maison du Parc national. This visitor centre provides information on and raises awareness of the Cévennes National Park, its sites and events as well as the rules that must be observed in the National Park's central zone.

On site: changing exhibitions, video projections, Festival Nature events and shop Open year-round

Find out more

Access and parking

From Meyrueis towards Lanuéjols on the D 986; Montjardin is 1km before the village of Lanuéjols. Park behind the petrol station.

Parking :

Montjardin crossroads.


CC Causses Aigoual Cévennes Terres Solidaires
Parc national des Cévennes

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