St-Jeannet to la Colle

Picnic at la Colle 844 m
Picnic at la Colle 844 m

The main hiking artery from the village of St-Jeannet, also marked as GR51, ascends straight north in a valley called Vallon de Parriau between Baou St-Jeannet and Baou de la Gaude.

GR51 forks left at signpost #95 (about 1,5 km from the village), and the most popular trail to Baou St-Jeannet leaves the GR trail after 200 m or so.
To get some variation, we decided to hike up to the neighbouring mountain top on the opposite side. Baou de la Gaude and la Colle can be reached both from St-Jeannet and Gattieres.
Chemin des Lucioles in St-Jeannet
Chemin des Lucioles in St-Jeannet

Baou de la Gaude seen from St-Jeannet
Baou de la Gaude seen from St-Jeannet

GR51 trail above St-Jeannet
GR51 trail above St-Jeannet

GR51 trail higher above St-Jeannet
GR51 trail higher above St-Jeannet

Wild thyme in blossom
Wilde thyme in blossom

Trail to signpost 75
Trail to signpost 75

Dash8 Q400 low above Var River
Dash8 Q400 low above Var River

From signpost 75 to la Colle
From signpost 75 to la Colle

Starting from the village parking, we ascended along Chemin des Lucioles and soon joined the GR51. We hiked past signpost #95 and forked right at #96. The trail now marked yellow zigzagged in the incline to signpost #75 on a plateau. During the ascent, we found wild thyme in blossom and picked some for our dinner. We forked right (south), and ascended to la Colle which was the highest point at 844 m.
Baou St-Jeannet viewed from la Colle
Baou St-Jeannet viewed from la Colle

Old oak tree near Baou de la Gaude
Old oak tree near Baou de la Gaude

Baou St-Jeannet
Baou St-Jeannet

St-Jeannet
St-Jeannet

La Colle is a great place for picnic. We have stopped here many times.  It’s tranquil, and you have views down to the Var River Valley as well as to Baou St-Jeannet. After the break, we continued straight south as far as to the centuries-old oak tree, mentioned in many guides and marked in the maps. It was our turning point today. Baou de la Gaude nearby does not actually offer the same views as its western neighbour. At signpost #97, we took a shortcut to the trail we used on the way up, and descended back to our starting point.

Distance: 7 km

Elevation gain: 440 m

Duration: 2h 40

Map: « Cannes-Grasse »  Côte d’Azur TOP 25 N°o 3643 ET

St-Jeannet to la Colle track
St-Jeannet to la Colle track

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