4 - 5
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[img=388874 right]End of the Empress's path[/img] ##Go to Take the direction of the Port of Venasque, after 10-15min cross the footbridge of Penjat and take the Chemin de l'Impératrice on the right.
1h later we leave the forest, stay on the road 200 m then turn left to go up the valley to the SE.
The steep path runs along the right bank of the Montagnette stream, enters the waterfalls to the left of the waterfalls in a corridor that seems to be a dead end, and escapes to the right to return near the stream that it runs along to Lac du Maille.
Follow the path to the left of the lake to reach the E of Lac de la Montagnette.
S of the lake follow a path to the W which leads to the Pic de la Montagnette. Beautiful view on the Maladeta and the Pic de Sauvegarde. ## Return Take the path leading to Lac de la Montagnette, go back to the E at Col de la Montagnette, follow the path to the Venasque refuge where you take the path to the left to the Hospice de France.<br/><br/>_This Adventure has been shared under the [Creative Commons Share Alike](https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/) licence._