The very enjoyable scent of pine is everywhere. And the small sand dune that I would the "Little Dune of Pyla" is lovely.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
To reach the “Dame Jouanne-Maunoury" car park coming from "La Chapelle la Reine" take:
- D104 for 3.5 km, past the village of Besonville and over the motorway, then take the small road on the right which is 1 km from the motorway, this is Rue Dame Jouanne,
- 1.5 km after Rue Dame Jouanne turn right at the fork, and after 2 km you will arive at the Dame Jouanne car park facing Chalet Jobert (a hotel and restaurant).
Start the hike at Chalet Jobert.
(S) Take the westerly direction, the path opposite the cottage, follow the blue markings, the path is well marked, for 200 m. Just after the curve turn left for 100 m.
(1) At the junction, turn right on the road 450 m. At the T-junction, turn left and then right after 120 m.
(2) Turn right on Chemin de la Chapelle la Reine. After a hundred metres, turn left. Follow the blue markings for about 1 km.
(3) Turn right on Route de Blomont and follow the Blue markings for 1 km to be facing with “Mont Blanc”: a sand dune culminating at 112 metres.
(4) Continue on the Blue trail for 400 m. Turn left and, after 150 m turn right and continue for 220m (small hill).
(5) At the junction with the GR13 turn left (Red-White and Blue markings are superimposed).
(6) At the Grottes au Fer caves, head down the path to the right and follow the Blue markings for 1 km. Thus reaching the Rocher de l’Éléphant (so called because of its shape reminiscent of a pachyderm).
(7) Turn right on the GR13 (Red and White markings) for 100 m, turn left on the GR13 for 350 m and then right for a further 180 m. Turn left on Chemin la Chapel la Reine in Larchant and follow it for 150 m.
(8) Turn right on Chemin de Bois Hyver and follow id for approximately 200 m. Turn left and, after 200 m, leaving the Blue markings and follow the GR markings to the right for 400 m.
(1) Continue straight and, after a few hundred metres, turn right to return to the starting point.
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 266ft
1 : mi 0.15 - alt. 285ft - Crossroads
2 : mi 0.59 - alt. 269ft - Chemin de la Chapelle la Reine.
3 : mi 1.3 - alt. 266ft - Route de Blomont
4 : mi 1.94 - alt. 318ft - "Mont Blanc"
5 : mi 2.46 - alt. 377ft - Junction with the GR13
6 : mi 2.6 - alt. 302ft - Grottes au Fer caves
7 : mi 3.25 - alt. 279ft - The elephantine Rocher de l'Eléphant
8 : mi 3.76 - alt. 240ft - Chemin de Bois d'Hyver
D/A : mi 4.45 - alt. 266ft
Physical fitness is a must because there is a passage that climbs from 30 m to 900 m between rocks, but the path is clear.
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Things to see:
- The Dune du Mont Blanc tough sandy climb.
- The Rocher de l’Éléphant is an excellent climbing area.
- Chalet Jobert, for a little rest and recuperation.
As the name suggests, is this route ascends 25 mounds that form a circuit of the of the Trois Pignons forest. A hike amid the rocks that makes an excellent training run before mountain hikes in the summer.
N.B. The elevation is underestimated: between 800 and 900 metres total cumulative change in altitude. It’s difficult to find a larger change in altitude in the Ile-de-France, unless you want to take the steps up and down the Eiffel Tower three times on the trot. Expect to be walking for 6 to 7 hours.
A pretty hike in the Massif des Trois Pignons, on the edge of Fontainebleau forest.
A course over hills, with beautiful views of the Massif des Trois Pignons. Passages on platières in the middle of the moor with an unobstructed view, interspersed with passages in undergrowth and amid boulders. A varied, rather sporty hike.
N.B. The drop is probably underestimated: expect something more in the order of 300 metres.
The Massif des Trois Pignons is situated on the edge of Fontainebleau forest. The walk takes you past the Rocher des Guetteurs, the Sables du Cul du Chien, the Diplodocus, and the Rocher de la Tortue.
Starting from an old retreat which has been visited since the 11th century, this hike allows you to explore the Gorges de Franchard and the surrounding areas. Winding through rocks and several rock shelters such as the well-known Antre des Druides.
N.B. The difference in altitude is probably higher than stated: roughly 100 metres and a 2 hour walk.
From the Ermitage de Franchard, this is a very varied hike which will take you past old sandstone quarries, the Gorges du Houx and the charming Mare aux Pigeons. On the route are several vast viewing points, numerous spectacular rocks and the curious Grotte du Serment cave.
N.B. The elevation and the time shown appear to be under-estimated: count on about 250 meters and 4 hours of walking.
This quite long route allows you to discover exceptional sites such as the Rempart du Restant du Long Rocher ('the rampart of the remainder of Long Rock'), Béatrix Cave and Carrosse Rock. You will also go past magnificent viewpoints, rarely visited walkways and some beautiful ponds, typical of the forest.
Depart from the Maison Forestière de Maintenon for a 16 km walk.
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