The Barre des Dourbes ridge

Long north-south oriented ridge, the Barre des Dourbes ridge separates the basin of Digne-les-Bains from the Barrême syncline.
Rising in stages over twenty kilometres, culminating Pic de Couar some 1988 m above sea level.

Technical sheet
No. 4098594
A Digne-les-Bains walk posted on 25/04/12 by LB_Neil. Update : 24/02/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h55[?]
Distance Distance : 10.35km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 694m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 708m
Highest point Highest point : 1713m
Lowest point Lowest point : 1102m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Alps, Trois-Évêchés
Location Location : Digne-les-Bains (04000)
Starting point Starting point : N 44.068364° / E 6.31646°
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Les Dourbes, 8 km east of Digne-les-Bains by the D19.
Car park at the Serre forestry building, 1.5 km east of the hamlet of Dourbes.

Yellow markings
(S/F) At the car park of the forestry building, follow the forest track to a crossroads.
Turn left onto the GTP route to the Pas de la Faye. A little further up, turn right at a hairpin bend onto a small path that leads to a track above the track on the right and arrive at the crossroads of the paths tp the Pas de la Faye and Pas de Tartonne.

Yellow-Red markings
(1) Continue across the forest track for about 1 km. Turn right onto a path that goes up to a loop. It then joins a trail. Follow this trail crossing to the intersection with a path, ignoring the trails heading off to the sides. Continue to climb in hairpin bends. Ignore the path on the right under the Barre and head on to the Pas de la Faye by a crevice (steep passages).

Yellow markings
(2) Then leave the GTP and head right to the top of the rocky ridge. The route passes near St. Martin’s hole. Continue in the same direction until Pas de Tartonne (steep passages along the ridge).

(3) Then head down the path on the right, sometimes sideways, sometimes winding between two deep ravines. Leave successively right paths to the right under the Barre and cross over to reach the path taken on the way in.

(1) The return journey takes the same route as the outbound route to head back to the car park (S/F).

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 1116m
1 : km 1.47 - alt. 1265m - Crossroads
2 : km 4.78 - alt. 1664m - Pas de la Faye
3 : km 6.51 - alt. 1630m - Pas de Tartonne
D/A : km 10.35 - alt. 1103m

Useful Information

Do not forget binoculars, water and a wind-proof jacket.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

On the way: St. Martin’s hole, the Barre des Dourbes ridge, wildlife, wild sheep.

Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.67/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 4/5
Routemap quality : 5/5
Walk interest : 5/5

on Thu 29 Aug 2019 20:58:39 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 14/08/19
Description quality : Good
Easiness to follow the route : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

The walk offers great views both to the side of Digne-les-Bains as the opposite side.

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