Hike along the Cirque du Bout du Monde

Rate this Adventure 6.2 miles 1640.4 ft gain  - Loop Trail

Added by Thib Muller

A beautiful and aerial hike around the "cirque du bout du monde", a giant half circle of cliffs covered by the forest. The view is stunning for those who dare to walk along the highest ledge!

You start the hike form the hamlet called Gourgas. A nice and typical village from the South of France. At the entrance of the village, take the first road on the right (follow the sign "Parking randonneur"). Follow the road and after it turns left, the parking will be on your right hand side.
Plenty of space to park. You'll also find and nice area for picnics with a nice and fresh stream to relax after the hike!

From the carpark, follow the road going North (and the yellow mark). At the first crossroad, take right, cross the small bridge and take the single track on your right hand side, just after the left turn. (or keep following the yellow mark). The single track ends on a road, then take right.
After 200m, in the middle of a right turn, take the large rocky path on the left (going North-East).

Follow this path (and the yellow mark) until you reach a big hairpin turn. After 30m, look on your right and find the single track going straight up in the forest.
When the single track reach again the forest path, turn left, and after 20 meters, at the fork, stay on the left. From this moment, you'll follow the old yellow and blue marks. Pay attention, some of them are quite old and not obvious. But don't worry, the path is quite obvious. It goes up and turns a lot of times. Take your time and enjoy the moment of shadows during summer (even if you're in the forest, it's still hot)

When it becomes flat, you'll see new yellow and red marks (quite new). Keep right, leave the forest and follow the new marks until the hamlet of La Roque. At the crossroad with a big and rocky Cross, take the path on the left (going West). Follow the path and at the next crossroad keep West. You'll reach the top of the cliffs quickly.

Be respectful. From this moment until the other end of the cliff, the path is on a private property. Keep your rubbish with you, don't disturb the animals, keep your dog on a leash.

If you're afraid of heights, stay on the right path, and don't stay to close from the edge. If not, stay close to the edge and take the path going just under the top of the cliff.

Keep going along the edge until you reach a forest path going down. You can't miss it. It will turn a couple of times, and at the turn with a big water tank, keep straight. Just in front of the water tank, take the path on the left (going South East). You'll see again the yellow marks.

Stay on the main path until you see a sign on your left hand side. Ignore it, keep straight. You'll find a second one (100 meters further) and now, take left. Then follow the yellow signs, you'll be back at the beginning of the village of Gourgas soon.

Don't forget :

  • A lot of different marks on the way. Some obvious, some old. Pay attention.
  • The first part is in the forest. But it's still really hot during summer.
  • No water on the way. You'll find a fountain at the last turn before the carpark in the village.
  • Free parking + really cute picnic area.
  • The part on the edge is exposed. Be careful.
  • Fits for family, but quite challenging.
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