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

A Digne-les-Bains walk posted on 25/04/12 by LB_Neil. Last update : 24/02/16
  • Walking
    Activity: Walking
  • ↔
    Distance: 10.35 km
  • ◔
    Calculated time: 4h55 
  • ▲
    Difficulty: Moderate

  • ∞
    Return to departure point: Yes
  • ↗
    Vertical gain: + 694 m
  • ↘
    Vertical drop: - 708 m

  • ▲
    Highest point: 1,713 m
  • ▼
    Lowest point: 1,102 m


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).


  1. S/E : km 0 - alt. 1,116 m
  2. 1 : km 1.47 - alt. 1,265 m - Crossroads
  3. 2 : km 4.78 - alt. 1,664 m - Pas de la Faye
  4. 3 : km 6.51 - alt. 1,630 m - Pas de Tartonne
  5. S/E : km 10.35 - alt. 1,103 m

Useful Information

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

Always stay careful and alert while following a route. Visorando and the author of this walk cannot be held responsible in the event of an accident during this route.

During the walk or to do/see around

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

Reviews and comments

4.7 / 5
Based on 1 review

Clarity of route description
4 / 5
Clarity of route map
5 / 5
Walk interest
5 / 5
le Thu 29 Aug 2019 14:58:39 EDT

Overall rating: 4.7 / 5

Date of walk: 13/08/19
Clarity of route description: ★★★★☆ Good
Clarity of route map: ★★★★★ 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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