Around Rocher Saint-Julien

A Buis-les-Baronnies walk posted on 22/06/14 by slinky. Update : 13/12/17

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

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h35[?]
Distance Distance : 8.54km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 477m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 473m
Highest point Highest point : 840m
Lowest point Lowest point : 371m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Alps, Baronnies
Location Location : Buis-les-Baronnies (26170)
Starting point Starting point : N 44.276532° / E 5.276582°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3140ETR
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Description

(S) Start at the large car park facing Allée des Platanes.
Go past the pizzeria Brasserie de l'Etoile, then from left to cross the bridge. Head left on Chemin de Malgras (Red and White markings and Yellow markings), then right on Avenue Guillaume de Plaisians.

(1) At the next fork, turn right still on the Avenue Guillaume de Plaisians, towards the Saint-Julien gite.
The road is marked with a Red and White cross and a Yellow Cross. 600 m further on in a bend, turn right onto the dirt road marked in yellow and 150 m further up take the path that goes left. It crosses another trail, go straight leading to a bench beside a paved road.

(2) Turn right on the uphill road still following the yellow tags, ignoring the paths leading off to the Via Ferrata and climbing routes. Pass a parking area, and then in a bend pass the path goes left and head towards the Saint-Julien gite until you pass the entrance.

(3) Leave the road to take the forest road that goes up on the left. At the next fork keep right and pass a steep path, the path leads to a wide path. At a hairpin bend, do not go straight but follow the markings around a small right turn and leave the trail to go left on a path that meanders and goes towards the ridges.
Continue the path to the peak in the pines and after a good short climb, at a new ledge, the markings on a last steep path that leads to a sign that reads "Sabouillon". Take s short break to enjoy the panorama.

(4) Take the path on the left to "Pin Aïs" marked in Yellow and Red-White (GR). It descends gently, providing views of the Baronnies. After the small rock with a hole on the left, find a crossing recognisable by its tree functioning as a roundabout.

(5) Make a round trip to the left to get close to the Rocher Saint-Julien where there is a beautiful view of Mont Ventoux and of the rocky ridge.
Once back at the crossing (5), find the markings to continue the descent into the trees and then, after a clear path, it becomes wider.

(6) Continue on the path that goes to the left at the intersection and then 150 m further to the right. Continue the descent and arrive at a sign for "Pin Aïs" at a large car park provided for the Via Ferrata and climbing, go right on the marked path for 50 m.

(7) Take the left path that leads towards some houses. Head along the orchards to reach the houses.
Reach the paved road to get to the crossroads indicating the Saint-Julien gite (1), continue straight on Avenue Guillaume de Plaisians.
At the stop sign turn left onto Chemin de Malgras leading to the bridge. Turn right to reach the car park

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 0.38 - alt. km 0.38 - Fork. Turn right.
2 : km 0.92 - alt. km 0.92 - Intersection with asphalt road. Bench.
3 : km 1.77 - alt. km 1.77 - Fork. Forest road to the left.
4 : km 4.38 - alt. km 4.38 - Sign for "Sabouillon". Turn left.
5 : km 5.8 - alt. km 5.8 - Crossroads. Start at Sentier du Rocher St Julien
6 : km 7.26 - alt. km 7.26 - Turn left
7 : km 7.79 - alt. km 7.79 - Fork. Turn left towards the houses.
D/A : km 8.54 - alt. km 8.54

Useful Information

No drinking water refill point.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 3140ETR.

Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Access to the climbing routes and the Via Ferrata.

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.8/5
Number of opinions : 74
Description quality : 4.76/5
Routemap quality : 4.81/5
Walk interest : 4.82/5


Moderator hiker
on Tue 11 Sep 2018 10:28:58 CEST

Glad to hear you enjoyed it


Walker
on Mon 10 Sep 2018 09:13:29 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 10/09/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Very good

Me and my partner were looking for a quite easy walk as this was our first time to take our 1yr old boy in a rucksack. This walk was beautiful, farely easy (sometimes a bit hard to go up and down with a kid on your back 😅) but the view was stunning! We made it exactly 3,5hrs with a 20-30mins break in the middle. We can o ly recommend this route to everyone, in every age.
Thanks for the website to suggesting it.

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