La Villette – Refuge la Croix du Bonhomme
In the morning we had some good coffee and a great view while waiting for the tent to dry from the morning dew. Once we got to the next village we took a bus again in order to skip walking along the road. The bus driver was really nice and dropped us off at a campsite which is just a short walk away from the church Notre Dame de la Gorge.
The path follows the stream and crosses it with a few beautiful stone bridges. It then continues through a nice forest in a narrow valley followed by another ascent. Finally we reached a shelter where we decided to rest and cook for lunch. We had little time to enjoy the view as there was a long walk ahead of us.
To make matters worse dark clouds started building up when we reached the next shelter. In addition heavy rain started pouring down soon after that. We had no choice but to hurry up on our way. When we finally got to refuge col de la Croix du Bonhomme we were completely soaked, cold and hungry. Good thing it was open.
By mid September the refuge was almost empty and they were getting ready to close. We recommend making sure it’s open if you’re planning to go out of season. You can find more information on the refuge’s website. We enjoyed a good meal and a nice talk with an American couple as the storm outside continued.