Title in french : Grotte des Champignons
Type : technical
Mountains : Sainte-Victoire
City : Puyloubier
Duration : 3h
Distance : 4.8km
Variation in height : 402m
Maximum altitude : 805mThe Mushroom Cave is one of the surprises that the Sainte Victoire mountains offer, a complete hike that we could also rank in the speleology category.
It allows you to discover the eastern side of the mountain, starting with a wide trail that goes up to the Hermitage of St Cer, a small haven that encourages contemplation.
Then the trail becomes more technical, with some exposed passages secured by permanent chains.
Then you arrive at the foot of the cave with a passage climbing (level 5) for 6-7 m that requires ropes, harnesses and slings in order to get correctly secured.
Once up there, you will remain careful as you reach the entrance to a narrow way that will require some contortions and crawling over a dozen meters.
After clearing these obstacles, you enter a huge cavity that goes deep on the right.
The game is then to identify the famous mushrooms and explore every corner of the cave using your headlamps
The tradition wants you to bring some candles to enjoy the place with a soft light.
Considering the access, the cave is not a busy place, but it is essential to respect the site, its concretions and to carry your waste, even those of the others, so that the place keeps offering charm and pleasures.