The descent to the Verdon by the chalet of the Maline

A beautiful hike through the Verdon Gorge to go down the gorge and reach the Estellier bridge.

There are few trails that go down from the top of the Verdon Gorge to the bottom. One of these trails starts at the Maline chalet. It is quite long, it takes an hour of descent to reach the bottom to the bridge of the Estellier. The ascent is quite difficult but there are no technical difficulties.

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Difficulty: difficulty
Duration: 3 h.

The chalet of the Maline

The chalet of the Maline
The start of the hike is at the chalet of The Maline. There's a little parking lot right outside. Everything is well indicated, it is very easy to find the start of the hike.

The start

The start
The trail is not very shady at first but most of the descent is done under the protection of the trees.

The Gorge du Verdon

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The Gorge du Verdon
The scenery is beautiful all along the trail.

The Verdon

The Verdon
You can see the goals of this hike: the Verdon and the Estellier footbridge.

Stairs

Stairs
The descent is not very difficult even for people who are sensitive to vertigo.

Hikers on the trail

Hikers on the trail

The end of the descent

The end of the descent
When you reach the river a signpost indicates the different possible directions. You can continue on the Blanc-Martel trail to reach the Samson Corridor and the Sublime Point (5h walk). You can also continue on the Imbut trail (1h30 walk). In our case we simply want to reach the Passerelle de l'Estellier (15 minutes walk).

The banks of the Verdon

The banks of the Verdon
After 1 hour of descent you reach the Verdon, you can also see the Estellier Bridge.

The rapids

The rapids
There are no swimming opportunities in the Verdon.

The bridge

The bridge
The Estellier Bridge is the only bridge that allows you to pass from one bank to the other in the Verdon Gorge. Once you arrive at the bridge you can continue on the Imbut Trail or retrace your steps to return to the chalet of the Maline

The view of the Chalet de la Maline

The view of the Chalet de la Maline
After 1h30 of a quite difficult walk , you can have a drink to rest and enjoy a grandiose panorama on the terrace of the chalet de la Maline.

The Verdon Gorge

The Verdon Gorge
The view from the Chalet de la Maline is simply beautiful.
Start of the walk (Google Maps)

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