Distance: 5,5 km
Duration (average) : 02h
Level: Difficult
Elevation: 250 D +
White and red GR
Yellow PR
This path quickly gains height and gives a view of the village, the castle of Peyrepertuse and in the background the Pech de Bugarach. A steep climb in a pine forest brings you under the cliffs of Peyrepertuse and then to the Jacquette fountain which dates from the 13th century.


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IGN map reference (s): IGN 2447 OT


Step 1

The start is located below the grocery store in Rouffiac (exit from the village towards Montgaillard) car park and pretty covered washhouse. Go past the grocery store, the street climbs, then take rue de la Jacquette on the left.

Step 2

Follow the White/Red markers of the GR 36 which are added to the yellow markers. From the height, the view is magnificent over the village, the castle of Peyrepertuse and in the background the Pech de Bugarach. You arrive on the D14, cross it and turn right for 20 m to take the path that starts at the foot of a magnificent holm oak.

Step 3

The yellow markers lead you into a pine forest, the ground is covered with needles and the trail climbs steeply for a good 1 km. A few flat areas to catch your breath and you arrive at a crossroads, leave the path which rises steeply to the right and continue straight in the direction of the Fontaine de la Jacquette (indicative panel).

Step 4

After a short descent, you are at the Fountain, which dates from the 13th century (legend says that Blanche of Castille lost her silver cup there...). The path passes further at the foot of a cliff and in a scree, enjoy the beautiful view of the wild Corbières. Continue to descend, until the crossing with the GR 36.

Step 5

Arrived on the GR 36: - if you follow it on the right, it will take you to the Château de Peyrepertuse (+ 40 min), - if not, turn left to continue the loop and return to the village (yellow and White/Red markers) . The descent is quite steep on many scree, be careful. The path becomes lower down a path which brings you back to the D14 which you cross and return to the village in 10 minutes.

Be careful, the fire risk is often high, especially in summer, and can lead to flower bed closures. Find out before you go consulting the fire risk map for outdoor activities.
Fires strictly prohibited. Do not smoke and never throw cigarette butts in nature. Fires are numerous and catastrophic in our region. In the event of a fire or accident: give alert 18 or 112 from a cell phone.
Protect yourself from the sun and take enough water with you.
Avoid picking flowers and plants. Take all your trash. Close fences and keep dogs on a leash in pasture areas, villages and protected areas.

Mountain bike routes: the routes are often shared with hikers or other users (cars, tractors, etc.). Be careful and always anticipate that a pedestrian may be present around a bend to have time to brake if necessary. Pedestrians have priority in principle, slow down at crossings or stop if the configuration of the terrain requires you to do so.
Thank you and happy hiking!


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