The Rocher de Roquebrune

A short but energetic walk that is exposed towards the end. Enjoy the stunning views from the top of Rocher de Roquebrune with its famous ochre colours.

Technical sheet

A Roquebrune-sur-Argens walk posted on 06/12/15 by Sarita J. Last update : 23/12/16
  • Walking
    Activity: Walking
  • ↔
    Distance: 6.44 km
  • ◔
    Calculated time: 2h40 
  • ▲
    Difficulty: Difficult

  • ∞
    Return to departure point: Yes
  • ↗
    Vertical gain: + 296 m
  • ↘
    Vertical drop: - 296 m

  • ▲
    Highest point: 314 m
  • ▼
    Lowest point: 18 m
2 of the 3 crosses


The walk starts out at the forest barrier in La Maurette, south of Arena lake, near the Pétignons.

(S/E) Take the GR51 trail (Grande Randonnée – Long Hike) with red and white waymarks to the west. The path climbs up a dry riverbed and then joins a track near some isolated houses.

(1) When the track splits into a fork ahead of you, keep following the GR51 on the right. The path runs alongside the left bank of a river through some undergrowth planted with mimosas.

(2) When you come out from the undergrowth, an unmarked track leads off to the right, to the northeast. There may be a barrier on the ground indicating a private track. Take this track up into the scrubland.

You will be able to see the rocks clearly up ahead of you. To reach the top, you will need to go round them to the left and climb up from the west. The path takes a northwesterly direction and then reaches a crossing in a grove of oak and pine trees.

(3) At the crossing, turn right, towards the northeast and follow the yellow or blue waymarks. The path goes past some ruins, climbs up through the woods, and then comes out at a large rock face. Follow the yellow waymarks to the right of this rock face, still heading northeast.

The slope becomes very steep and you will often need to use your hands. You will reach the foot of a rock face; continue to the left for the last 30 metres with a little easy rock climbing to reach the top.

(4) The three crosses and the survey marker are on your left above the last few rocks you will need to climb.

The return journey is back along the same route.


  1. S/E : km 0 - alt. 18 m
  2. 1 : km 1.18 - alt. 92 m - Basse Rouquaire, fork, follow the GR to the right
  3. 2 : km 2.47 - alt. 181 m
  4. 3 : km 3.22 - alt. 314 m - The three crosses (les Trois Croix)
  5. S/E : km 6.44 - alt. 18 m

Useful Information

There is no water source along this route.

The end of the climb is difficult between (3) and (4). There are several sections where you will need to make your way carefully or use your hands. The summit is a little dizzying.

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

Superb views from the top of Rocher de Roquebrune, with the summits of the Esterel, and the bay of Fréjus - Saint-Raphaël to the east. To the southwest, there are beautiful views over the Massif des Maures.
The changing colours of the rocks in the sun also make it well worth the trip...

Reviews and comments

4 / 5
Based on 2 reviews

Clarity of route description
3 / 5
Clarity of route map
4 / 5
Walk interest
5 / 5
le Mon 05 Apr 2021 10:00:45 EDT

Overall rating: 3.7 / 5

Date of walk: 31/03/21
Clarity of route description: ★☆☆☆☆ Very disappointing
Clarity of route map: ★★★★★ Very good
Walk interest: ★★★★★ Very good

This was my first use. I had great expectations of the app but was let down.
1- With smartphones having GPS as standard, it was disappointing to see that the app does not track your real time position on the topographical map. This is such a natural thing and its absence makes the app a lot less attractive
2- The walk planner tool is not user friendly. Zooming in and out of the map is supersensitive to the point of making it useless.
3- The text describing the route was of poor quality and was not at all useful. There should be some curating to ensure minimum standards. Describing a route by the flower blossom which are seasonal or by knowledge of plants (if not in blossom) is amateur. Route description should be based on permanent features that are season invariant.

If these issues can be addressed effectively, Visorando would be a world class hard to beat application for all outdoor activities.

le Mon 24 Jun 2019 13:19:19 EDT

Overall rating: 4.3 / 5

Date of walk: 20/06/19
Clarity of route description: ★★★★★ Very good
Clarity of route map: ★★★☆☆ Average
Walk interest: ★★★★★ Very good

The walk was incredible! But the marks were a bit confusing. Red and white in the beginning, and yellow after a crossroad. A good sign pointing the direction for Les trois croix led us right.

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