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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)
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Location Ardèche and Haute-Loire departments, France
State/Province FR
Parent range Massif Central
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).


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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