The cliffs of Roche Colombe

A Saou walk posted on 06/05/13 by bernardino. Update : 03/12/16

The west summit of Saou forest, which marks the beginning (or end) of this forest.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h30[?]
Distance Distance : 6.82mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1857ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1837ft
Highest point Highest point : 2887ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 1086ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Alps, Diois
Location Location : Saou (26400)
Starting point Starting point : N 44.646923° / E 5.062529°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3138OT
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Description

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.

Waypoints :
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

Useful Information

There is no water source along the way, so make sure you take enough water with you.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 3138OT.

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

Saou forest.
You can visit Trianon pavilion at the end of the car park in the forest.
For information on this building, see the Pommerolle hike.

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