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A Plan-d'Aups-Sainte-Baume walk posted on 30/04/14 by cyril h. Update : 03/08/18

Walk on the ridge of Sainte-Baume after visiting the Cave of Mary Magdalene.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 5h05[?]
Distance Distance : 8.26mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1732ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1736ft
Highest point Highest point : 3701ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 2201ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Sainte-Baume (Massif)
Location Location : Plan-d'Aups-Sainte-Baume (83640)
Starting point Starting point : N 43.335476° / E 5.759188°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3345OT
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From the Joux de l'Aigle

Description

- Starting point (1): Ste-Baume Hotel car park.

- Take the path next to the hotel along a field in the direction of the forest.
- At the forest turn right and follow the “Chemin du Canapé” leading in the convent.
- Once Chemin des Roys meets (2) head right to go back to the convent and the cave (3).
Enjoy exploring this area during your visit!
- Starting out from here, go back down Chemin des Roys to the oratory (2) and take a path starting on the right.
- Follow it to the Saint-Pilon pass (4).
- Once on the ridge head left, following the path to Pas de Villecroze.
- Head left following the ridge to find the yellow markings indicating the Pas de l'Aï. The path is a bit hidden, keep your wits about you if you do not want to miss it.
- Once you are in the Pas de l’Aï, follow the path down in loops up to a large dead tree.
- Take the path off to the left (6) and follow it under the ridge for about 4 km.
- From there, several paths are open to you. Take the big one for 150 m, then turn left.
- Continue to the car park and the starting point.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0
1 : mi 1.04 - alt. mi 1.04
2 : mi 1.17 - alt. mi 1.17
3 : mi 1.7 - alt. mi 1.7
4 : mi 4.42 - alt. mi 4.42
5 : mi 4.54 - alt. mi 4.54
6 : mi 5.05 - alt. mi 5.05
D/A : mi 8.26 - alt. mi 8.26

Useful Information

- Depending on the season, bring enough sunscreen and water.
- Also, depending on the season, remember to check access permissions for the ranges (fire risks).
- On the ridge it may also be windy.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 3345OT.

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

- The Cave of Mary Magdalene.
- Sources de l’Huveaune.
- You can pick eat or get refreshments at the guesthouse

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