Le Faron

A Toulon walk posted on 09/04/14 by squale1953. Update : 29/12/17

One of the Var's most beautiful walks.
This hike climbs Mont Faron on wide tracks and offers a breathtaking view over the most beautiful bay in Europe.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h05[?]
Distance Distance : 6.59mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1480ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1453ft
Highest point Highest point : 1749ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 509ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Toulon (83200|83100|83000)
Starting point Starting point : N 43.144797° / E 5.917534°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3346OT

Description

Park at Fort Saint-Antoine on the road that climbs up to the Mont Faron, West of Toulon.

(D) Take the asphalt road for 500 m up to the first red and white barrier on the right, and follow the track that descends in the direction of the quarry (1) . Follow the yellow markers (a single line).
Take the first path on the left (2)and walk on the raised section of the quarry.
At the end of this trail (be careful of vertigo), take the poorly marked, upward trail.
This climbs steeply up to a small wall.(3)

Climb this wall and take the track in the middle that continues through the valley.
Ignore the trail to the left (5)(4) and arrive at the asphalt road.
Turn left and then right on the track, and continue up to the Saint Vincent hut.
After the cabin turn left on the upward track.
Arrive at the fountain (6), turn left, cross the road and climb the track in the direction of the Caserne du Centre.
When you get to the tank,(7)climb the track still in the direction of the barracks (Caserne).
Make a return trip to the barracks. There's a beautiful viewing point over North Toulon.
Take the track in the direction of the Parc zoologique. Pass the zoo and take the track in the direction of the Memorial.

Take the first right(8) on the Sentier des Crêtes and the follow it to get to the Memorial.
Enjoy the viewing point over West Toulon.

Resume the asphalt road to the right and immediately after the cable car station, take the trail down to the left.(9)
Continue on this trail which runs along the road.
This trail winds down and crosses the road several times.
You'll arrive at the fire-fighters' track, where you turn left.
You'll get back to the vehicles after the reservoirs.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0
1 : mi 0.27 - alt. mi 0.27 - Track with yellow markers
2 : mi 0.41 - alt. mi 0.41 - Trail on the quarry
3 : mi 0.65 - alt. mi 0.65
4 : mi 0.77 - alt. mi 0.77 - Muret
5 : mi 1.47 - alt. mi 1.47 - Cable car
6 : mi 2.51 - alt. mi 2.51 - Saint-Vincent hut
7 : mi 3.15 - alt. mi 3.15 - Fountain
8 : mi 3.5 - alt. mi 3.5 - Tank
9 : mi 3.71 - alt. mi 3.71
10 : mi 4.15 - alt. mi 4.15 - Sentier des Crêtes
11 : mi 4.95 - alt. mi 4.95 - Cable car station
D/A : mi 6.59 - alt. mi 6.59

Useful Information

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During the walk or to do/see around

Extraordinary view over Europe's most beautiful bay.
The Mémorial du Débarquement en Povence (Provence landing memorial).
Fauverie/zoo of Mont Faron.

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