Massif de L esterel - Trail, Frejus/St Raphael/Cannes/St. Aygulf, France

Massif de L esterel - Trail, Frejus/St Raphael/Cannes/St. Aygulf, France

DESCRIPTION

hundreds and hundreds of trails, ranging from 0 to above 600m (Mont Vinagre gives a killer view of the Frejus/st Raphael area)

USER REVIEWS

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[Feb 14, 2006]
putaristo
Cross Country Rider

I mostly ride out of Roquebrune-sur-argens. Le Massif des Maures towards St. Maxime is probably just as good as the Esterel. Lots of single-trails. If you are in the area and want to hook up for a ride please let me know! I would love to meet other riders who speak English (my French pretty much sucks)! I am here until June 2006! jakekirschner@hotmail.com jake.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 23, 2005]
mattg
Cross Country Rider

I spent the afternoon here today, startign from Theoule Spent most of my time on fireroad which was kinda frustrating - maybe the authorities have tightened up on access since the earlier reviews. Most of the exciting lookign trails I found were signed 'no bikes'- in particular the GR51 from Col des Suvieres southwards (after I slogged up there to go ride it!). And the descent to Lac de l'Ecreuil fron Col des Trois Termes as well Beautiful scenery, quite and remote feeling, but lots of fire roads (yaaaawn). But perhaps I was in the wrong place, will go back and try the area E & N of Mt Vainagre, and maybe further south by Frejus and St Rapaheal too & if there is anyone in the area who would like to hook up for riding, leave a message here, mail me on matt at interestigntimes dotnet or call me on +44 7786 993976 - I'm around until end Nov 05. - Matt

Customer Service

I did Theoule -> Col de Theoule by the northern of the 2 tracks on the map ie not the gr 51 (excellent single track this bit) -> Col de la Cladiere (fire road) -> down to Lac de l'Ecureil by the track runnign to the east side of Sommet des Collets Redons (fun double track descent with entetainign ford at end) -> fire road to Col des Trois Termes (intendign to ride down the GR51 but it was all marked as nature reserve, no bikes), then I got a bit pissed off and, along with a map reading error, ended up taking the road descent.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Feb 09, 2004]
Uzzi
Weekend Warrior

5 for great scenery and nice and dusty trails on red rock. Technical and physical not to hard.

Customer Service

Go everywhere you're allowed to, you can't go wrong here.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jan 09, 2004]
Mike
Cross Country Rider

Beautiful and quiet Nat. Park on the coast between Cannes and St. Raphael. Several entry points, Theoule sur Mer in the north, Agay in the south. Dry and rocky fireroads and singletrack, mostly through trees. Chance to see wild boar and deer if you're lucky. 100's of kms of trails, climbs up to 2000' asl.

Customer Service

My fav. trail starts in Theoule, climbing up to Col de la Cadiere, down to Lac de l'Ecreuil, Gorge de la Mal Infernet, long climb up to Mt. Vinaigre, Col des Trois Termes and back to Theoule, around 3.5 hrs.

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Too many to list.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 07, 2000]
VACHER

Easy for the whole family.

Customer Service

Very easy track for first riding:
From "Maison Forestire de Gratadis" to "Lac de l'Ecureuil"

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Avoid july and august due to fire risks.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 06, 2000]
Phillip Lucas

The whole region of provence and the Var is great. I go to Frejus for a few weeks almost every summer - Epic biking, windsurfing, beaches, ladies, and the nightlife is ok to! try la reserve - a cool disco made on 1 floor of an old undergroungd carpark!

And now for the trais: I dont know why i only gave 3 stars to these trails - They deserve 5 if you love long distance (or longer than 4 hour) rides
there is such a range of trails here - Its all on dry, dusty terrain, but you can go from steep twisty singletracks to wide sweeping speedway firetrails.
Around Mt. Vinagre is a maze of small trails which are'nt marked on any map - The Estrel is an area which rewards those who dare to explore generously - I find new trails every time.
Also, a tip - Stay away from freshly made firetrails - they may be enticing, but its better not to; first of all, lots of the scrub and bushes have thorrns, and the trail making doesnt get rid of all traces of these thorns - in short - youre gonna be walking, cos you get to many flats!! Secondly, following from my first point: take either self healing or hard to puncture tubes (latex..) cos you do get flats here - smooth trails suddenly turn to teeth-dislodging rock piles, and love to snakebite! also, the thornbushes....

Customer Service

Any - All trails are teriffic - wether you like singletrack or firetrails.
(sorry MTBR.com - the following part does tell of shut old trails - I hope you dont edit this away, for the benifit of all bikers who visit this region):- Try to find old ordinance survey maps - several trails have been shut off in the last years, and are no longer shown on the latest os maps - but they are now some of the BEST trails there - keep an eye out for rangers, heavy fines will be given for riding these trails..... But theyre worth it!
Set up your suspension to fiull travel softest - the vigrations you get from these trails are killer if youre not set up for them!

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Further inland around the Gorge du verdon - some epic biking! You can bike anywhere basically, so try all surrounding hills - theyre all fun and each area is slightly different. ENJOY!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 30, 2001]
Bruce

Massif de l'Esterel here is well know for being a haven of peace and nature. Climbers as well as paragliders ot mountainbikers know l'Esterel. Take a topo, and go explore, every trail is worth it ! Not too difficult, (though one can always not follow thge path..), so if you like red stone, go !

Customer Service

From St Raph or...anyway, all the routes are okay..

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
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