The west summit of Saou forest, which marks the beginning (or end) of this forest.
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.
Start out from the village of Saou at the signpost for Roche Colombe above the church (D).
Take the road following the yellow PR waymarks (Petite Randonnée – Short Hike) and the white signs for the climbing sites (1). Further on, join the wide path that winds along the edge of the tall boxwood and oak trees.
Keep going until you reach a mountain pass (2) opposite the summit of La Poupoune, a rock-climbing Mecca, and then continue along the flat before making a last climb up to the summit of Roche Colombe (3).
Follow the path down a gentle slope before beginning a steeper descent that ends at Pas de l’Echelette (4).
Ignore the path off to the right and instead take the path to the left. Gently make your way across the more difficult passage that follows, and then continue through the forest.
Join a wide forest track and then follow the PR waymarks (5), which are clearly marked, to get back to Saou and the car park.
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0
1 : mi 0.11 - alt. mi 0.11 - Path to the rock climbing site
2 : mi 1.25 - alt. mi 1.25 - Mountain pass opposite La Poupoune
3 : mi 2.11 - alt. mi 2.11 - Roche Colombe
4 : mi 3.24 - alt. mi 3.24 - Pas de l’Echelette
5 : mi 4.5 - alt. mi 4.5 - PR return path
D/A : mi 6.82 - alt. mi 6.82
There is no water source along the way, so make sure you take enough water with you.
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For information on this building, see the Pommerolle hike.
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Correction: the elevation is 750 m instead of the 1071 m described.
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