The Gorges of Oppedette

A Oppedette walk posted on 05/06/13 by bernardino. Update : 13/11/17

A beautiful loop around the Calavon Gorges from the village of Oppedette.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h15[?]
Distance Distance : 6.12km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 209m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 214m
Highest point Highest point : 525m
Lowest point Lowest point : 417m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Monts de Vaucluse
Location Location : Oppedette (04110)
Starting point Starting point : N 43.933146° / E 5.587555°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3242OT

Description

Park in the large parking area overlooking the gorge (see signposts) (S).

First head to the viewpoint overlooking the gorge for a quick overview of the route.
Head back to the car park and start down the left bank of the Calavon stream (1). The path through the bushes is marked in RW (Red and White indicating the GR6-97 route) cutting across the road twice before reaching the bridge over the Calavon.

Cross the bridge (2) and turn immediately to the right to gently climb up the right bank of the stream. The marking changes to yellow; this is a PR route that winds through the boxwood and oaks.
After an hour you will reach a delicate passage secured by handrails (3) with views over the stream a hundred metres below.

Then continue until (4) a ford that lets you cross the stream before starting the last climb up Oppedette.
Go through the village and find the GR route that leads back to the car park.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 0.14 - alt. km 0.14 - Footpath along the left bank of the Calavon
2 : km 2.18 - alt. km 2.18 - Bridge over the Calavon
3 : km 4.38 - alt. km 4.38 - Handrails
4 : km 5.27 - alt. km 5.27 - Ford
D/A : km 6.12 - alt. km 6.12

Useful Information

No water, no shelter on this route.
The trail is very well marked, the markings and signs at every intersection are excellent.
Nevertheless, the hike takes a path where the floor is littered with extremely smooth stones that prevent passage during rain.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 3242OT.

Click here to see how to reach the starting point.

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

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The village of Oppedette.
The hilltop villages of Simiane-la-Rotonde and Banon.
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