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Mont Mézenc
View of Mont_Mézenc
The two summits of Mont Mézenc : the northern summit to the left and the southern summit to the right.
Highest point
Elevation 1,753 m (5,751 ft)
Prominence 793 m (2,602 ft)
Geography
Location Ardèche and Haute-Loire departments, France
State/Province FR
Parent range Massif Central
Climbing
Easiest route from Les Estables

Mont Mézenc is a French mountain in the Massif du Mézenc, part of the Massif Central in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. It is on the border of the Ardèche and Haute-Loire departments and is the highest mountain of both departments.

The mountain is in the "Natural regional park of the Mountains of Ardèche" (French: Parc naturel régional des Monts d'Ardèche).

Geography

Mont Mézenc is the highest mountain of the eastern border of the Massif Central. It is formed by two summits that are separated for a distance of about 0.5 km (0.3 mi):

  1. The southern summit is the highest with an altitude of 1,753 m (5,751 ft); it is in the commune of Borée, Ardèche department, and is the highest point in this department.
  2. The northern summit has an altitude of 1,744 m (5,722 ft), where the communes La Rochette (Ardèche), Chaudeyrolles (Haute-Loire) and Les Estables (Haute-Loire) meet. It is the highest point of the Haute-Loire department. There is an iron cross on top of this summit; it was put there by French prisoners when they returned from Germany.

The Mont Mézenc has a volcanic origin; it is a dome of phonolite, a kind volcanic rock. The mountain is covered by grasslands and heaths.

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