Depart from the Maison Forestière de Maintenon for a 16 km walk.
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.
(D) Depart from the Maintenon forester's house (south of the château, on the right-hand side of the Maintenon path after crossing the D606). Go directly south on the Route du Petit Mont Chauvet.
After about 700m (1), continue to the right via the Route de la Plaine des Pins and cross the Rocher de Bouligny, directly south. Pass the shooting range on your right and via the Route de Vamy (2), join the GR11 on the left after 200m, which goes directly south through the Rochers Fourceau.
(3) At the Ventes Bourbon junction, turn right on the Route du Chevreuil, cross the D301 and 300m further on, turn left on the old Route de la Mare aux Fées (Fairies Pond)(4). Pass the stele (5), and continue to the Mare aux Fées that you can walk around (be careful of the fairies).
(6) Otherwise, before the Mare aux Fées, take the small path north through old trees and rejoin the Route du Chevillard(7), after crossing the D301, then right again on the GR11 to the Inspecteur viewing point (8).
From here, follow the small path opposite you, north of the viewing point, until you reach the Route de la Palette (9), on which you need to turn left to join the Mont Merle (10). It briefly follows the Aqueduct de la Vanne, before you turn right on the Route de la Fanfare(11) which you leave, turning left, immediately after a large rock.
You now follow the GR and the Denecourt and go back down the Rocher de Bouligny until you reach the Route de l'Occident (12) on which you turn right until the crossing with the Route d'Estrées where you turn left(13).
Here you follow the Denecourt (blue), which will lead you back to the car park at the forester's house (A).
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D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0
1 : mi 0.54 - alt. mi 0.54
2 : mi 1.5 - alt. mi 1.5
3 : mi 2.7 - alt. mi 2.7
4 : mi 3.5 - alt. mi 3.5
5 : mi 3.87 - alt. mi 3.87
6 : mi 4.25 - alt. mi 4.25
7 : mi 4.92 - alt. mi 4.92
8 : mi 5.45 - alt. mi 5.45
9 : mi 5.65 - alt. mi 5.65
10 : mi 6.36 - alt. mi 6.36
11 : mi 6.7 - alt. mi 6.7
12 : mi 7.25 - alt. mi 7.25
13 : mi 7.66 - alt. mi 7.66
D/A : mi 8.81 - alt. mi 8.81
Lock your cars securely and take water as there are no fill-up points on en route.
Be careful crossing the D301 and the D148.
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There are shops and a station in Fontainebleau and Avon.
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 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.
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.
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N.B. The elevation and the time shown appear to be under-estimated: count on about 250 meters and 4 hours of walking.
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.
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