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The Lower Verdon Gorges
Distance8.33km Vertical gain+269m Vertical drop-267m Duration3h00 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Quinson - 04 - Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Wonderful hike through the Lower Verdon Gorges, starting in Quinson.

Walking The Trois Becs (Download : PDF)
The Trois Becs
Distance8.99km Vertical gain+1109m Vertical drop-1113m Duration5h10 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in La Chaudière - 26 - Drôme

Visit the Trois Becs, the high points of the Forest of Saou.
Correction: the elevation is 750 m instead of the 1071 m described.

The cliffs of Roche Colombe
Distance10.98km Vertical gain+643m Vertical drop-635m Duration4h40 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Saou - 26 - Drôme

The west summit of Saou forest, which marks the beginning (or end) of this forest.

Canyon des Gueulards
Distance8.02km Vertical gain+450m Vertical drop-446m Duration3h20 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Omblèze - 26 - Drôme

A complete change of scene in this superb canyon between two narrow cliffs. An unusual place where a crevasse plunges into nowhere, with a peaceful and shady atmosphere between boulders, lichens and ferns.

The Circuit of Bauduen
Distance11.37km Vertical gain+306m Vertical drop-305m Duration4h00 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Bauduen - 83 - Var

A very enjoyable loop on the peninsula of Bauduen alongside Lake Sainte Croix.

The Pic Saint Michel
Distance8.68km Vertical gain+638m Vertical drop-639m Duration4h00 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Lans-en-Vercors - 38 - Isère

This easily accessed summit is located on a ridge between the "Vallée de la Gresse" and the Vercors plateau. It offers a breathtaking view on Belledonne, Les Rousses and a bit further Les Ecrins.

Around Rocher Saint-Julien
Distance8.54km Vertical gain+477m Vertical drop-473m Duration3h35 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Buis-les-Baronnies - 26 - Drôme

From Buis-les-Baronnies, walk around the Rocher Saint-Julien enjoying the views of the Baronnies and Mont Ventoux.

Himalayan footbridges of Monteynard
Distance15.37km Vertical gain+445m Vertical drop-438m Duration5h25 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Treffort - 38 - Isère

This is a hike that starts with a ferry crossing.
The objective is to take the two elegant bridges.
The first bridge crosses the Drac.
The second bridge crosses the Ebron.
Satisfactory markings.

Mount Ventoux starting from the Mont Serein cam site
Distance13.78km Vertical gain+837m Vertical drop-839m Duration5h55 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Beaumont-du-Ventoux - 84 - Vaucluse

A beautiful round trip leading to the summit and back along the crests.

The sheepfolds of the Contadour
Distance12.07km Vertical gain+255m Vertical drop-256m Duration4h05 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Redortiers - 04 - Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Discover the dry stone sheepfolds to the west of the Lure mountains.

Walking The Grand Veymont (Download : PDF)
The Grand Veymont
Distance20.21km Vertical gain+943m Vertical drop-942m Duration8h00 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Saint-Agnan-en-Vercors - 26 - Drôme

A long hike across the Vercors Highlands ("Hauts Plateaux du Vercors"), to reach the Grand Veymont. Breath-taking view of the entire Vercors massif and Mont Aiguille.

The Tours de César circular walk
Distance7.32km Vertical gain+337m Vertical drop-321m Duration2h55 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Saint-Germain-la-Chambotte - 73 - Savoie

A loop above lake Bourget for a late afternoon walk.
A walk amid historical sites and beautiful viewpoints.

The Nivolet Cross circuit from Feclaz
Distance9.94km Vertical gain+284m Vertical drop-292m Duration3h30 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Les Déserts - 73 - Savoie

A circuit from Féclaz to the Nivolet Cross overlooking Chambéry.

Sillans-la-Cascad waterfall - the Train des Pignes -the Salernes pool
Distance12.43km Vertical gain+292m Vertical drop-293m Duration4h15 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Sillans-la-Cascade - 83 - Var

The incredible waterfall and the route along the Bresque on the Sillans side.
The route along the Train des Pignes track.
Swimming in the natural pool of Salernes.

The Combe de Curnier
Distance9.24km Vertical gain+639m Vertical drop-643m Duration4h10 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Bédoin - 84 - Vaucluse

This hike on the southern slope of Mont Ventoux, narrow, wooded and always chilly, carved out by capricious waters, leads to a vast panoramic view.

The Cascade de Clars via l'Ubac de Brainée and the Montagne des Louquiers
Distance12.04km Vertical gain+461m Vertical drop-454m Duration4h30 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Escragnolles - 06 - Alpes-Maritimes

Superb hiking in the back-country of Grasse.
On the program, megaliths, magnificent viewing points over the entire coast (in clear weather) and to finish, a superb waterfall in an exceptional setting.

Mont Ventoux by the southern slopes
Distance21.92km Vertical gain+1446m Vertical drop-1438m Duration9h40 Very difficult Very difficult
DepartureDeparture in Bédoin - 84 - Vaucluse

Beautiful climb up the southern slopes of Mont Ventoux from the hamlet of Sainte Colombe 4 km from Bédoin.

Walking Taillefer Ridge (Download : PDF)
Taillefer Ridge
Distance7.19km Vertical gain+448m Vertical drop-444m Duration3h05 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Duingt - 74 - Haute-Savoie

An atypical route through bushes and over the lake.

Les Cavaliers - The Imbut Trail - Baou Beni - Vidal Trail
Distance10.19km Vertical gain+1330m Vertical drop-1335m Duration6h05 Very difficult Very difficult
DepartureDeparture in Aiguines - 83 - Var

The Imbut trail is a hike that lets you discover the Verdon in the heart the gorge and the river bed. Extraordinary landscapes await you but this hike is difficult and certain sections on the cliffs (Chemin Vidal) and through rocks (section until the Baou Beni), require a good level of physical fitness. Be careful of vertigo!
The altitude calculated by the software is a little high, it's closer to about 800m.

The Dent de Moirans
Distance10.71km Vertical gain+339m Vertical drop-340m Duration3h50 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Montaud (Isère) - 38 - Isère

Easy walk on this “tooth” overlooking the Isère valley and offering an interesting view over the east foothills of Chartreuse.

Piégon and the Giants’ hamlet
Distance10.54km Vertical gain+468m Vertical drop-465m Duration4h05 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Piégon - 26 - Drôme

In the mountains of the Baronnies, imagine a lost hamlet inhabited by giants... Skeletons with very long shins were found in the crypt of the chapel. They are the source of the name of the locality.

The "Aulp du Seuil"
Distance7.94km Vertical gain+859m Vertical drop-859m Duration4h20 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Saint-Bernard (Isère) - 38 - Isère

The "Passage de l'Aulp du Seuil" ("Aulp du Seuil" passing): this hike is one of the most beautiful hikes of the Chartreuse massif.

The Gorges of the Méouge
Distance11.96km Vertical gain+569m Vertical drop-567m Duration4h45 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Châteauneuf-de-Chabre - 05 - Hautes-Alpes

A walk through gorges is always pleasant, and in those of Méouge it's a real joy.

The Barre des Dourbes ridge
Distance10.35km Vertical gain+694m Vertical drop-708m Duration4h35 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Digne-les-Bains - 04 - Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Long north-south oriented ridge, the Barre des Dourbes ridge separates the basin of Digne-les-Bains from the Barrême syncline.
Rising in stages over twenty kilometres, culminating Pic de Couar some 1988 m above sea level.

In the footsteps of Asterix and Obelix
Distance7.7km Vertical gain+340m Vertical drop-340m Duration3h00 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Saint-Vallier-de-Thiey - 06 - Alpes-Maritimes

A small hike in the footsteps of Asterix and Obelix, following in part an ancient Roman road, with the same backdrops as the well known Uderzo and Goscinny albums. A small valley lost in the hollow of a glacial cirque, with a meandering stream in the middle, and above, beautiful views across the French Riviera, the Esterel and the Maures off in the distance. With a little luck, you can meet deer or roe deer!

Vercors Chatelus: Pas des Voutes, Pas de l'Allier
Distance11.29km Vertical gain+1248m Vertical drop-1249m Duration6h10 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Châtelus (Isère) - 38 - Isère

Very nice hike without any difficulty, with stunning views of the Pas des Voutes, Pas de la Charmate and Pas de l'Allier.

Vallon de Combau - Tête Chevalière, Vercors
Distance8.97km Vertical gain+576m Vertical drop-371m Duration3h55 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Treschenu-Creyers - 26 - Drôme

A hike in Drôme and Isère, but starting from the Vercors drômois side.

The Vallon de Combau and the Tête Chevalière at 1951m. A panoramic view over the Trièves valley.
During the months of May and June, the Vallon du Combau is must-visit destination, where you can enjoy the flora and fauna, particularly marmottes.
A relatively easy hike up to the Pas de l'Essaure pass, then a little more difficult.

Saracen Caves - Ruins of Béconne
Distance7.01km Vertical gain+382m Vertical drop-380m Duration2h55 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Roche-Saint-Secret-Béconne - 26 - Drôme

The Saracen Caves at the ruins of the old village of Béconne provide a short walk through the woods and fields of lavender and lead you on an enjoyable route among the vestiges of the past and let you indulge your imagination.

Roman roads of Pays du Verdon
Distance14.36km Vertical gain+447m Vertical drop-448m Duration5h10 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in La Palud-sur-Verdon - 04 - Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

A hike in Pays du Verdon that takes ancient Roman roads, runs alongside an abandoned village and a chapel sheltered by rocks with magnificent landscapes.

Couspeau mountain: the Grand Delmas
Distance11.76km Vertical gain+738m Vertical drop-731m Duration5h05 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Bézaudun-sur-Bîne - 26 - Drôme

A circular walk on Couspeau mountain, with the summit of the Grand Delmas offering views over the surrounding mountains, particularly the 3 Becs.

Mont Pravouta and Col des Ayes
Distance4.69km Vertical gain+332m Vertical drop-323m Duration2h10 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Saint-Pancrasse - 38 - Isère

Short family-friendly walk with a magnificent view, manageable on foot or on snowshoes.

Mont Ventoux - le Rat
Distance9.55km Vertical gain+186m Vertical drop-186m Duration3h10 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Bédoin - 84 - Vaucluse

Discover the vegetation's biodiversity of the Mont Ventoux.
From Bedoin, take the road (by car) leading to the Mont Ventoux.
Cross the remarkable cedar's forest then the beech forest will appear.
Continue (approx. 10km) until you find a car park on the right-hand side. (Jas des Melettes)

Gilette and the Estéron gorges
Distance12.55km Vertical gain+764m Vertical drop-762m Duration5h25 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Gilette - 06 - Alpes-Maritimes

Gilette and La Clue.
From the village of Gillette, perched on a rocky outcrop, this walk takes you to the medieval bridge of La Cerise (scenes from the film "The Hunchback" were shot here in 1997) and then winds through the Estéron gorges.

Snowshoes on the Glières Plateau
Distance10.06km Vertical gain+334m Vertical drop-342m Duration4h Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Thorens-Glières - 74 - Haute-Savoie

Snowshoe circuit on the vast Glières Plateau.
Besides the historical aspect, the Glières Plateau is interesting to visit because the mountains that surround it are strong points of reference.

The Véris trail in Bauduen
Distance7.46km Vertical gain+211m Vertical drop-207m Duration2h40 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Bauduen - 83 - Var

Very nice course with beautiful views of Lake Sainte-Croix.

Saint-Médard Chapel
Distance14.54km Vertical gain+745m Vertical drop-745m Duration5h55 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Piégros-la-Clastre - 26 - Drôme

This chapel is on the ridge of the Forest of Saoû, above the ruins of an old priory. At the top of the climb from La Clastre, hikers have breathtaking views of the hanging valley of Saoû.

Above the Aups via The Peirière
Distance7.13km Vertical gain+196m Vertical drop-188m Duration2h30 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Aups - 83 - Var

A beautiful walk through various landscapes, olive trees, impressive stone walls, a pine forest, caves and cave chapels.

The Refuge de Vallonbrun
Distance5.25km Vertical gain+474m Vertical drop-475m Duration2h40 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Lanslevillard - 73 - Savoie

A half-day hike for intermediate walkers. You'll walk through different settings that offer a large range of Vanoise flora, while benefiting from an extraordinary view over the summits of Maurienne and the Ecrins national park.

The Vierge du Vercors via the Pas de Saint-Martin
Distance6.55km Vertical gain+315m Vertical drop-305m Duration2h35 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Saint-Martin-en-Vercors - 26 - Drôme

A walk of discovery from Vercors in a loop between the cliffs, forest and meadow. Small height change.

The lower Verdon Gorges in Artignosc
Distance3.2km Vertical gain+79m Vertical drop-87m Duration1h05 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Artignosc-sur-Verdon - 83 - Var

A pretty walk off the beaten path. The views are breathtaking in diverse landscapes, all from the beautiful little hilltop village of Artignosc-sur-Verdon.

The Cristayes ridges
Distance14.7km Vertical gain+629m Vertical drop-621m Duration5h40 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Gap - 05 - Hautes-Alpes

Between marlstone and forests, a hike to the south of Gap.

Distance17.77km Vertical gain+1639m Vertical drop-1639m Duration9h00 Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture in Saint-Pierre-d'Entremont - 38 - Isère

Petit Som and Grand Som from Gîte à Rucher de la Ruchère.

The Flaming Fountain circuit
Distance9.66km Vertical gain+417m Vertical drop-412m Duration3h45 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Le Gua (Isère) - 38 - Isère

A hike that visits one of the 7 Wonders of Dauphiné.

Bréche du Mont-Saint-Martin via Sallagriffon
Distance11.41km Vertical gain+747m Vertical drop-748m Duration5h00 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Sigale - 06 - Alpes-Maritimes

This circuit is ideal on sunny days and a surprising route thanks to the diversity and beauty of the valley, which is still wild. On the northern slope, you'll appreciate the quiet atmosphere of the pine forests and the oaks that dominate the verdant agricultural plain of Sallagriffon, with a panoramic view up to the foothills of the Mercantour mountain range. On the southern slope, you'll appreciate the magnificent mineral landscapes with tremendous views of deep clues carved out by the capricious course of the rivers.

Distance11.92km Vertical gain+685m Vertical drop-679m Duration5h00 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Estoublon - 04 - Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Very beautiful hike to do between April and October.

The Mont Grêle lookout
Distance14.38km Vertical gain+1433m Vertical drop-1435m Duration7h30 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Attignat-Oncin - 73 - Savoie

The Mont Grêle lookout point and Archelle’s summit.
Mont Grêle is a peak that is visible from the valley of Chambéry and the Aiguebelette region.
It is easily spotted thanks to or because of the pylons that are installed at the top. Up close, these towers have still look great, but they do not alone justify the purpose of the tour, which is interesting because it offers views over Lake Aiguebelette and Chartreuse.

The Grand Rocher and the Crêt du Poulet
Distance8.57km Vertical gain+467m Vertical drop-465m Duration6h Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture in Theys - 38 - Isère

A stone's throw from town and you're high in the mountains. But pay attention to the risks.

The Cross on the Alp
Distance10.14km Vertical gain+892m Vertical drop-888m Duration6h Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture in Saint-Pierre-d'Entremont (Savoie) - 73 - Savoie

A lovely with snowshoes, with a beautiful view of the Alpine peaks at its height. Note that this hike can be done in all seasons.

The ridges of Mont Fromage from Col de Porte
Distance10.28km Vertical gain+445m Vertical drop-438m Duration4h Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Sarcenas - 38 - Isère

A very pleasant hike, described here snowshoe users, but also good for walks on sunny days.

Mont Rachais from the Vence Pass
Distance7.72km Vertical gain+314m Vertical drop-308m Duration2h55 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Corenc - 38 - Isère

Easy access to Mont Rachais. View over Chartreuse, Belledonne, Grenoble and the Vercors.

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