The Lower Verdon Gorges

A Quinson walk posted on 22/03/14 by ricardalamenthe. Update : 12/05/17

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

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h00[?]
Distance Distance : 5.18mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 883ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 876ft
Highest point Highest point : 1795ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 1237ft
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 43.693704° / E 6.034875°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3443OT


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
D/A : mi 5.18 - alt. mi 5.18

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.

Click here to see how to reach the starting point.

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

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