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The Grand Margès
Name : The Grand Margès
Legend : The view
Copyright : TO of Aiguines
The Grand Margès
Name : The Grand Margès
Legend : Marking
Copyright : TO of Aiguines
The Grand Margès
Name : The Grand Margès
Legend : Fairy rings
Copyright : TO of Aiguines
The Grand Margès
Name : The Grand Margès
Legend : The top
Copyright : TO of Aiguines
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Ascension of the Grand Margès via the GR99

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Allée des Tilleuls 83630 Aiguines
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Starting from the village, climb the stairs up to the place of Barda. All the way, follow the red-white markings of GR99. Go straight and turn left to the High Street (Rue Haute). Continue towards Saint-Pierre chapel. Stop for a moment to contemplate the breathtaking panorama of the town, the Sainte-Croix Lake and the Valensole plateau. Then go up the stairs behind the chapel. Continue along the fence of the campsite de l'Aigle until the road of the Gorges. Cross it, paying attention to traffic. The trail continues on the left, at the end of the parking lot, between the rocks. Then the ascent begins with a steep slope for about 250 m of elevation and inside mixed forest of Scots pine and oak. After an hour of climbing, you reach a ridge where the view stretches on your left, on the Gorges, the Mourre de Chanier, the Chiran and ridges of Montdenier, and, behind you, the Sainte-Croix Lake and the Valensole plateau. Continue to follow the path passing below the top of the little Margès. 250 m further, at the intersection, leave the road to the left and continue straight. Then you arrive on flat land, called "the cooler" or sinkhole. You can see darker grass circles, commonly known as "fairy rings", which are a natural phenomenon causing the circular development of fungus colony. Continue the path through the boxwood. After a good half-hour walk, you reach the top of the Grand Margès marked by a metal post. It offers a 360° view on both banks of the Grand Canyon, the Sainte-Croix Lake, the Valensole plateau, the Alps, the Canjuers military camp, and, if the weather is good, on the Mediterranean. After contemplating the landscape, turn around and go back down the same path.

Tourism for disabled
  • Not accessible in a wheelchair

Free

All year long
Subject to favorable weather

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  • Pets welcome
Equipments
  • Orientation board
  • Parking
Distance
9km
Day duration
5h
Map references
IGN Map: 3442 OT
Guide references
Hiking leaflet of the Verdon Natural Regional Park: GV200 AIO Canyon du Verdon Map AIO Hiking guidebookg: The most beautiful hikes in the Verdon Canyon
Tricky point
- For people less used to walking and big climbs, the start point is from a place called "The Puits". It is situated about 3-4 kms far from the village continuing the road D71, after the view point of Col d'Illoire. Some parking spaces are located in a sharp turn and the start of the path is on left. After about 10 minutes of walking, you reach the GR99 marked by a cairn (pile of stones). Then continue the climb on the trail going to the left. - Although the climb is difficult, the descent is so. The trail is mostly made up of small stones very slippery. Accordingly, when you go down, be very careful because the fall is easy. - Dogs are allowed there, but only leashed. - Be careful during the hunting season. - Go well equipped for hiking (good walking shoes, water, maps, food, hat and sunscreen). - Stay on the marked trail as you cross a military camp. - Respect nature, leave no trace of your visit and carry your garbage away.
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Return
Mark details
Red and white of GR99