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Best walks in Forest of Fontainebleau

Sentier des Belvédères
Distance8.04km Vertical gain+94m Vertical drop-86m Duration2h30 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Noisy-sur-École - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

A course over hills, with beautiful views of the Massif des Trois Pignons. Passages on platières in the middle of the moor with an unobstructed view, interspersed with passages in undergrowth and amid boulders. A varied, rather sporty hike.
N.B. The drop is probably underestimated: expect something more in the order of 300 metres.

From Maintenon to the Mare aux Fées
Distance14.18km Vertical gain+128m Vertical drop-128m Duration4h20 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Fontainebleau - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

Depart from the Maison Forestière de Maintenon for a 16 km walk.

A walk in the Massif des Trois Pignons
Distance11.93km Vertical gain+144m Vertical drop-140m Duration3h45 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Noisy-sur-École - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

The Massif des Trois Pignons is situated on the edge of Fontainebleau forest. The walk takes you past the Rocher des Guetteurs, the Sables du Cul du Chien, the Diplodocus, and the Rocher de la Tortue.

Station to station in the Forest of Fontainebleau: ponds and boulders
Distance24.03km Vertical gain+208m Vertical drop-217m Duration7h20 Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture in Fontainebleau - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

Long but very nice hike station to station in the Forest of Fontainebleau. It goes through several viewpoints, ponds, little known corners, stunning scenery.

Hike in Fontainebleau forest: a tour of the Apremont Gorges
Distance11.69km Vertical gain+129m Vertical drop-130m Duration3h40 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Fontainebleau - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

Fontainebleau forest is one of the most beautiful French forests thanks to its varied landscapes and, in particular, its sandstone blocks. This hike circles the Apremont gorges along the Colinet-Denecourt path N°6 and lets you enjoy it in all its beauty and fragility, the latter due both to natural erosion and human use, and is near the Paris region.

The “Circuit des 25 Bosses” (the 25 Bumps Circuit)
Distance14.56km Vertical gain+214m Vertical drop-212m Duration4h40 Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture in Le Vaudoué - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

As the name suggests, is this route ascends 25 mounds that form a circuit of the of the Trois Pignons forest. A hike amid the rocks that makes an excellent training run before mountain hikes in the summer.
N.B. The elevation is underestimated: between 800 and 900 metres total cumulative change in altitude. It’s difficult to find a larger change in altitude in the Ile-de-France, unless you want to take the steps up and down the Eiffel Tower three times on the trot. Expect to be walking for 6 to 7 hours.

A circular walk around the Trois Pignons
Distance7.72km Vertical gain+43m Vertical drop-34m Duration2h20 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Noisy-sur-École - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

A pretty hike in the Massif des Trois Pignons, on the edge of Fontainebleau forest.

The Rocher du Long Boyau and the Gorges du Houx
Distance10.05km Vertical gain+72m Vertical drop-76m Duration3h05 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Fontainebleau - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

From the Ermitage de Franchard, this is a very varied hike which will take you past old sandstone quarries, the Gorges du Houx and the charming Mare aux Pigeons. On the route are several vast viewing points, numerous spectacular rocks and the curious Grotte du Serment cave.

N.B. The elevation and the time shown appear to be under-estimated: count on about 250 meters and 4 hours of walking.

Les Gorges de Franchard and l'Antre des Druides
Distance5.7km Vertical gain+52m Vertical drop-52m Duration1h45 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Fontainebleau - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

Starting from an old retreat which has been visited since the 11th century, this hike allows you to explore the Gorges de Franchard and the surrounding areas. Winding through rocks and several rock shelters such as the well-known Antre des Druides.
N.B. The difference in altitude is probably higher than stated: roughly 100 metres and a 2 hour walk.

Fontainebleau forest: Croix du Calvaire, Denecourt Tower and the Sponge Rock
Distance7.29km Vertical gain+111m Vertical drop-113m Duration2h20 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Avon - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

It is a short, relatively easy circuit exploring some curiosities of the forest of Fontainebleau around the Avon SNCF train station, namely the views over the Croix du Calvaire, the Sponge Rock, Denecourt Tower and fountains. One could also call it the fountain circuit.

A great tour of the east of Fontainebleau Forest.
Distance21.49km Vertical gain+223m Vertical drop-219m Duration6h40 Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture in Fontainebleau - 77 - Seine-et-Marne

This quite long route allows you to discover exceptional sites such as the Rempart du Restant du Long Rocher ('the rampart of the remainder of Long Rock'), Béatrix Cave and Carrosse Rock. You will also go past magnificent viewpoints, rarely visited walkways and some beautiful ponds, typical of the forest.

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