The Lower Verdon Gorges

A Quinson walk posted on 22/03/14 by ricardalamenthe. Update : 24/06/19

Wonderful hike through the Lower Verdon Gorges, starting in Quinson.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h20[?]
Distance Distance : 5.96mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 814ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 843ft
Highest point Highest point : 1785ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 1181ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Alps
Location Location : Quinson (04500)
Starting point Starting point : N 43.694479° / E 6.034703°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3443OT
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Description

Slightly before the village of Quinson (arriving from Montmeyan), you cross a bridge overlooking the Verdon river. A car park is located on the left side just after the bridge and before the pizza bar-restaurant called "Chez Kinou". A potential reward after your effort. Park your car in the car park. Walk back over the bridge by foot towards Montmeyan. The starting point of the hike is located a couple of meters away on the right-hand side.
CAUTION: shortly after the start, follow the signs marked with a horizontal yellow line (PR - Petite Randonnée (Short Hike) - signs).
You then pass through a converted stairway in the rock and suspension bridges, near the Verdon River. The view is superb. Nothing difficult but you should stay alert and watch where you're putting your feet. There are secured cables along the way but children, for instance, should not hike alone without adults' help.
After walking along the Verdon river for a while, alternating between rocky slopes and woods - following the Verdon River's ancient canal you'll reach a junction named "La Draille des Vaches" going up to the left. Keep going straight ahead. The hike keeps going alongside the Verdon's canal.
You will soon arrive at a tunnel entrance with a little stone house located above to the right. Go through the tunnel, and at the end, stairs will allow you to make your way back.

Before the stairs, if the bars blocking the access to the following tunnels are open, you may venture through the tunnels following alongside the gorges. But be advised, the trail is no longer secured.
Going back: After climbing a few metal steps of the last stairway, the path weaves under intense vegetation. A junction is indicated thanks to a stone cairn. Take a left and charge up a hill with a large, fairly steep until you reach the Sainte Maxime chapel. Once you get there, take the GR99 - Grande Randonnée 99 (Long Hike 99) - and follow it back to the starting point. GR99' signs are two horizontal white and red lines (GR' signs). The same markings crossed means that you're leaving the GR path and that you should not follow that direction.
On the plateau - on the top of the cliff overviewing the Verdon river - you won't have the view of the gorges anymore, you walk along an even, relatively large path surrounded by vegetation. After a few dozen minutes you'll begin the descent bringing you back to the starting point.

You will then be able to enjoy a breath-taking view of the valley and the dam.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - Gorges du Verdon
1 : mi 0.07 - alt. mi 0.07
2 : mi 0.96 - alt. mi 0.96 - Verdon (rivière)
3 : mi 2.7 - alt. mi 2.7
4 : mi 2.75 - alt. mi 2.75
5 : mi 2.97 - alt. mi 2.97
6 : mi 3.9 - alt. mi 3.9
7 : mi 5.73 - alt. mi 5.73
D/A : mi 5.96 - alt. mi 5.96

Useful Information

Wear good hiking shoes and keep a torch with you.
Over 25 tunnels accessible alongside the canal.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 3443OT.

Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.62/5
Number of opinions : 210
Description quality : 4.56/5
Routemap quality : 4.57/5
Walk interest : 4.75/5


Walker
on Sat 06 Jul 2019 22:58:04 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 28/06/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

An excellent walk, very beautiful.


Walker
on Thu 04 Jul 2019 00:09:05 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 26/06/19
Description quality : Average
Routemap quality : N/A
Walk interest : Very good

Very nice hike, lots of shade and cool breeze while it was very hot that day. Beautiful views to the Verdon river. Lot’s of stairs, but most of it went down.
The start of the hike in the description was unclear. You walk from the parking over the bridge, there you’ll find stairs going up on your right hand. You follow white/red route from the start (yellow is unclear). Halfway on stairs there is split up: take right side and walk further up the stairs. After that it is an easy route to follow. After tunnel go upstairs and follow signs back to Quinson. You can take longer route or shorter (the kilometers are on the signs). You can make a short detour to the sainte Maxim chapel, from there retrace your steps back to the main trail. Finally if you take the shorter route back to Quinson, you’ll go down on many stairs ending up at the point where the split up to la Draille des Vaches was (on your way in, you went straight there following the path alongside the canyon). Coming back downstairs to this crossroad you go to the right back over the begin part of the canyontrail to the car.

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