Walk: Circuit de Tracastel

The gorge just before St. Auban was impressive.

Would be a good walk for Pete & Margrette
Good in summer when its hot.

Steep up at the start for about km. Then flat or gental up/down.

1h52 moving
0h20 not mvoing
400m up and 400m down
7.4km distrance
cold day -0.5c
some snow

Google Map to St. Auban

GPS Trace

RandOxygene website

Walk: Rochers de Notre-Dame

Very nice 2.5 hour walk with views of the Alps and Vallée de l’Estéron. A bit long, 1.5 hours, to get Amirat (actually 500 meters before) and the roads are pretty twisty, but it is worth it.

Less than two hours of walking 6.8km with 350m up/down. The start is the main up.

The RandOxygene guide is here and is correct. Yellow markers are pretty consistent.

GPS track in gpx format and Google Earth format.
GPS waypoints and route.

Vallée de l’Estéron    Old Farm House    Cows and Scott   Julia and the Estéron

Vallée de l’Estéron      Old Farm House         Cows and Scott      Julia and the Estéron

Walk: Collet des Graus de Pons

Nice walk, with good views of the Cheron. While you walk the same trail to go and come-back, the views are completely different. There are ruins many Borie, and the “borie de Pons” was the most complete I’ve seen.

Julia in front of the Borie de Pons  Julia on top of the Borie de Pons
More photos here.

Less then two hours and seven kilometers and very easy all the way.

The RandOxygene guide is here and no real mistakes. Not the start of the trail does not have yellow or GR marks, they come after about 500 meters.

GPS track in gpx format and Google Earth format.
GPS waypoints and route.

Crête du Mont-Macaron

Highly recommend walk with fantastic views of the Alps and Pre-Alps and the coast and …

Less then three hours and seven kilometers, mostly very easy with only one steep slidey bit.

The RandOxygene guide is here and no real mistakes. Parking near the main road is easy and so was following the trail.

The views, there are the ruins of the Châteauneuf (”Castrum Novum”) to see and are worth it.

Ruins of the Châteauneuf (”Castrum Novum”) les ruines de Châteauneuf (”Castrum Novum”)

GPS track in gpx format and Google Earth format.
GPS waypoints and route.

Daycare Great Escape

Our local paper, the Nice Matin, is always on the case. This time its 3 three-year-old kids escaping from a daycare center in Cap-d’Ail. But the fun part, is that they were only 30 meters away in the daycare’s library reading books.

Why this had to be the lead article on the front page who knows.

Nice Matin Front page 20-jul-2007

But the Nice Matin had to do a complete job, by have all the details on page 2 alone with a helpful diagram of the great escape.

Nice Matin page 2, 20-jul-2007

Rocher des Monges

Beautiful walk with great views of the sea and the mountains.

An added bonus is lunch on the beach afterwards.

Julia with laptop and lunch You can see the mountains in the background.

Sea and Moutains Sea and Moutains
No real difficulty as most of the walk is alone a fire road. Maybe a bit tricky at the end where it was bit steep and rocky.

There was one trick to find the trail head. It is not alone the main road (the RN). Go to the port and walk alone the sea to the tunnel under the railroad.

Walk Profile

Two hours for the walk with stopping.
300m up and down.
6.5km total distance assuming you don’t get lost like we did at the start looking for the tunnel.

Walk in Google Maps Google Earth and in Google Earth.

Rando pédestre page for walk for all the wheres and hows.

Ride to Saint-Valier-de-Thiey via Grasse

Beautiful ride to St Vallier-de-Thiey. The weather was sunny; 19 degrees at start and 25 degrees at the end.

52.1km, 848 meters of up.
Two and a half hours on the bike and eleven minutes stopped.

Using my favorite GPS website, GPS Visualizer, I created the ride profile and Google Earth KML file.

Click on the images below for full sized views. The Google Earth screenshoots give a good idea about the ride.
Ride Profile Ride as seen by Google Earth Google Earth sees the hard climb around Grasse.

The Col du Pilon was highest point at 782 meters Col du Pilon.

When I arrived in St Vallier-de-Thiey‘s town center St Vallier-de-Thiey Town Center,
there was a cool outdoor market Outdoor Market.

Crêtes-du-Bauroux

This walk is medium hard. Not to bad on the ups/downs. The crest part of the walk was a disappointment as it was all in the trees (good for full summer I guess).

The high points were:

  • A few good views.
  • Nice View 1 Nice View 3 Nice View 2
  • The ruins near B193.
    vieux seranon
  • The valley behind Caille (OK it does look like a women’s sex).
    Pussy Valley
  • The Bauroux summit
  • .Summit
  • Caille has a nice Auberge where you can have a beer.
    Caille
  • Gliders were cool.
    Gliders were cool.

Note the large deviation of from the trail on the map after the Bauroux summit. The map is out-of-date.

W011+Crêtes-du-Bauroux^after^withTrack.jpg

Click for full size map.

Four hours is about right.
650m up and down.
13km total distance.
Rando pédestre page for walk.

View in Google Earth and/or Google Maps (slow).

The GPS trace.

46km Bide Ride to Grasse

A double loop ride this time from RLP, to Chateauneuf, Opio, Grasse, back to Chateauneuf, then to Plascassier, Valbonne, Le Bois-Fleuri and back to RLP. The only hard bit is the last up in Grasse and that is only for 100 meters.

Again, I used GPS Visualizer to create the live map from my GPS data.

bike-2006-06.04-grasse-valbonne map

The Distance vs Elevation profile below shows a two ups and two downs (click on it for full size image).

bike-2006-06.04-grasse-valbonne Profile

46km Bike Ride through Vence

A nice loop from RLP to Col-sur-Loup, Vence, Tourret-sur-Loup, Pont-sur-Loup, Bar-sur-Loup, Chateauneuf-Grasse, and back to RLP. Nothing to difficult, but the last bit into Vence is a bit up.

I used GPS Visualizer to create the live map from my GPS data–very cool.

The Distance vs Elevation profile below shows a two ups and three downs (click on it for full size image).

bike-2006-05.28-Vence-PontSurLoup-Profile.png

40km Bike Ride with Steven

We did a nice tour from Roquefort, Biot, Sophia, Valbonne and then back to Roquefort. The only tough up was entering Sophia from Biot.
This live map shows the route. The only hard bit was from Biot to Green Sides in Sophia. I used GPS Visualizer to create the live map from my GPS data–very cool.

The Distance vs Elevation profile below shows a one up and one down with many small ups/downs. (click on it for full size image).

bike-2006-05.21-Biot-Sophia-Valbonne.png

Plateau De Saint-Barnabé Walk

This is an easy walk. We did it in around 3.5 hours. It can be done in 3 hours if you avoid taking the longer GR51 route. Be careful at trail marker number B83. The GR is marked with white and red. The direct route is marked with the normal yellow.

Map with GPS track of walk.
Map with GPS track of walk.

Dynamic map with GPS track.

GPS waypoints and GPS track.

Randoxygene walk information (website) (local pdf)