Baou des 4 Auros

A Ollioules walk posted on 03/04/14 by utansixfours. Update : 09/06/19

A hike in the outskirts of Toulon where you get a 360° view of the amazing countryside. A big meeting place for spies who monitor Toulon harbour.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h30[?]
Distance Distance : 7mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1736ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1755ft
Highest point Highest point : 1850ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 436ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Ollioules (83190)
Starting point Starting point : N 43.147087° / E 5.873104°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3346OT
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Description

Depart from the car park below the Chateauvallon theatre.
Take the track to the Ruins of Destras (1). Leave the track and take the narrow path to the right over the small bridge. At the 1st branching off, take the right.
At ref. point 232: it's possible to take the GR51, the marked trail on the right which passes by the 'télégraphe Chappe' (the Chappe semaphore tower), but we preferred to take the track in the middle so as not to miss the viewpoint at the Château du Diable.
Branch off to the right for the Croupatier, up to ref. point 500. A large cairn which marks the path to the Grotte du Croupatier (caves).
No major problems for continuing onwards: Rouvière Plane (509m), Cap Gros (575m).
Return to Rouvière Plane. Make sure you don't miss the small hidden path just before the big platform (ruins of a building).
Marvellous Vallon des Bagnards or Vallon de la Grille (gate), the gate which you will reach at point 456.
Return via a big track. Ref. 430 descends via the "Chemin du Gaz" (Gas Path). You will arrive above Chateauvallon.
The route zigzags back down to the car park.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0
1 : mi 0.63 - alt. mi 0.63 - Village Le Détras (Ruines)
2 : mi 1.22 - alt. mi 1.22 - Col de la Barre de Taillan
3 : mi 1.61 - alt. mi 1.61 - Arche d'Alliance
4 : mi 4.43 - alt. mi 4.43 - Cap Gros/Baou de Quatre Ouro
5 : mi 6.04 - alt. mi 6.04
D/A : mi 7 - alt. mi 7

Useful Information

No specific equipment required, except for good walking shoes.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 3346OT.

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

Don't miss the Château du Diable, the Chappe semaphore tower and the Croupatier caves.

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