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A windy path within the Ardeche Gorges and its nearby rain forest.


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Map Key

5.3

Miles

8.5

KM

Loop

908' 277 m

High

203' 62 m

Low

1,214' 370 m

Up

1,217' 371 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

41%

Max Grade (22°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Birding · Cave · Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · Geological Significance · River/Creek · Swimming · Views

Check the local weather reports before going. Sentier des Gorges de l'Ardeche might not be accessible because of the water levels.

Overview

This route offers a lot of diversity. You'll start traversing a forest, going down to the nearest beach, within the gorges. Your journey will then continue along the right bank of the river, offering spectacular views of the different rock formations. Finally, you'll hike your way back up through a surprising rainforest.

Need to Know

- Free parking at trailhead
- Most of the trail is in the shade, except the part along the river

Description

This route uses 3 different trails.

You'll start with the Figueras Rapids Trail, following the hunting hut road. Once at the hut, your path continues down to the beach.

There, you can have a quick swim! Keep an eye on the river though as water levels can change rapidly.
Join the Sentier des Gorges de l'Ardeche and continue your route. Some sections might be difficult to pass – again, depending on the water level that day. Most of the trail you should be able to stay dry although waterproof boots are recommended!

Once reaching the ford at 5.6km/3.4mi, stay on the right bank until the next fork. There, start your way back up through the rain forest using Moure de la Tour - Gorges de l'Ardeche Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Migratory birds can be spotted, using the river to orient themselves.

Shared By:

Adrien Cadet

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Ardeche Gorges.
Nov 2, 2023 near Barjac, FR
Ardeche Gorges.
Nov 2, 2023 near Barjac, FR
Ardeche Gorges.
Nov 2, 2023 near Barjac, FR
Ardeche Gorges.
Nov 2, 2023 near Barjac, FR
Ardeche Gorges.
Nov 2, 2023 near Barjac, FR
Moure de la Tour Rain Forest.
Nov 2, 2023 near Barjac, FR

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