A short but energetic walk that is exposed towards the end. Enjoy the stunning views from the top of Rocher de Roquebrune with its famous ochre colours.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
The walk starts out at the forest barrier in La Maurette, south of Arena lake, near the Pétignons.
(D/A) Take the GR51 trail (Grande Randonnée – Long Hike) with red and white waymarks to the west. The path climbs up a dry riverbed and then joins a track near some isolated houses.
(1) When the track splits into a fork ahead of you, keep following the GR51 on the right. The path runs alongside the left bank of a river through some undergrowth planted with mimosas.
(2) When you come out from the undergrowth, an unmarked track leads off to the right, to the northeast. There may be a barrier on the ground indicating a private track. Take this track up into the scrubland.
You will be able to see the rocks clearly up ahead of you. To reach the top, you will need to go round them to the left and climb up from the west. The path takes a northwesterly direction and then reaches a crossing in a grove of oak and pine trees.
(3) At the crossing, turn right, towards the northeast and follow the yellow or blue waymarks. The path goes past some ruins, climbs up through the woods, and then comes out at a large rock face. Follow the yellow waymarks to the right of this rock face, still heading northeast.
The slope becomes very steep and you will often need to use your hands. You will reach the foot of a rock face; continue to the left for the last 30 metres with a little easy rock climbing to reach the top.
(4) The three crosses and the survey marker are on your left above the last few rocks you will need to climb.
The return journey is back along the same route.
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 1.18 - alt. km 1.18 - Basse Rouquaire, fork, follow the GR to the right
2 : km 2.47 - alt. km 2.47
3 : km 3.22 - alt. km 3.22 - The three crosses (les Trois Croix)
D/A : km 6.44 - alt. km 6.44
There is no water source along this route.
The end of the climb is difficult between (3) and (4). There are several sections where you will need to make your way carefully or use your hands. The summit is a little dizzying.
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