Massif de l'Etoile - Simiane-Collongue/Mimet, from Pilon du Roi to Baou Traouqua

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These two mountain-top itineraries both offer fabulous views over Marseille and the Mediterranean Sea on one side and the Aix area and Sainte-Victoire mountain on the other - an exclusive viewpoint owed to the Massif de l’Etoile chain, the last limestone rampart separating Marseille and the Mediterranean from inland Provence. Suitable for confirmed walkers who are not afraid of heights, the Pilon du Roi itinerary at an altitude of 670 m and Boau Traouqua itinerary (a series of rocky peaks), both accessible from Simiane-Collongue and Mimet, offer a good appreciation of Marseille's singular geographical layout, comprising a vast, amphitheatre-shaped limestone basin whose only escape route is the sea... The landscapes to the north are equally spectacular: the Gardanne basin, "mountain" village of Mimet and relief of Sainte-Victoire mountain underline the rugged and tormented aspect of Provence's astonishing geological make-up.

Parking Les Marres

Simiane Collongue

Balisage jaune. Du parking, rejoignez la petite route. Prenez à droite, franchissez une barrière et, avant le panneau d’information du circuit de découverte, bifurquez à droite, avec le balisage orange, pour arriver à une intersection de chemin (puits à gauche).

Bifurcation

Simiane Collongue

Continuez à droite, le chemin rétrécit, devient sentier et s’élève sur une partie rocheuse et pierreuse, au milieu d’une végétation dense. La pente s’accentue avant d’aboutir sur une piste. Difficulté : Montée entre 2 et 3 sur sentier en partie rocheux et très raide avant le repère 3.

Direction Pilon du Roi

Simiane Collongue

Suivez-la à droite avec un balisage bleu et prendre le sentier qui la coupe pour bénéficier d’une vue superbe sur le
Pilon du Roi. Rejoignez la piste, à une fourche, restez à gauche puis continuez sur un sentier de crête escarpé pour arriver au pied du Pilon du Roi et une jonction de sentiers.

Pilon du Roi

Simiane Collongue

Panorama exceptionnel. Revenez par le même itinéraire à la jonction 3 de l’aller (piste et sentier).

Oratoire

Simiane Collongue

Continuez sur cette piste, avec le balisage bleu, à une fourche, restez à gauche, plus loin devant la citerne 84, le chemin à gauche monte vers une table d’orientation avant de rejoindre le col Sainte-Anne. Sinon poursuivez sur la piste jusqu’au col Sainte-Anne (jonction des tracés, flèches directionnelles du Conseil général, oratoire à proximité).

Vers le parking des Marres

Simiane Collongue

Descendez la petite route vers Mimet (balisage jaune) jusqu’au parking de La Galinière. Franchissez une barrière et obliquez à gauche, sur un chemin balisé orange (DFCI : ET104). Continuez sur la voie principale en ignorant les autres chemins. Rejoindre à gauche une petite route puis tournez à gauche, franchissez une barrière pour retrouver la jonction des chemins de l’aller (repère 2) puis le parking.

Information provided by Bouches du Rhône Tourisme

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Outings

Access to the Bouches-du-Rhône's hill chains, which are highly exposed to forest fires, is regulated according to the local weather conditions. Thanks to the mobile app 'My Provence Envie de Balade' and the special 0811 20 13 13 hotline, walkers benefit from real-time information and can set out with a peaceful mind.

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  • Organiser

    Comité Départemental du Tourisme 13
  • Transport means

    On foot

  • Distance

    11km

  • Duration

    2 to 3hrs

  • Level

    Intermediate

  • Slope

    470m

  • Phone

    • 04 91 13 84 13
  • Fax

    04 91 33 01 82

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