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Annual hike to Mont Gros

Annual hike to Mont Gros

By Cassandra Tanti - September 15, 2021

Pull on those hiking boots and hit the trail this weekend for a fun hike from Roquebrune-Cap-Martin to the top of Mont Gros where participants not only get fit but spend time soaking up the peacefulness of the forest. 

The government of Monaco and the National Forestry Office (ONF) are organising their annual hike from Roquebrune-Cap-Martin to Mont Gros this Saturday, 18th September.

Benefitting from the best of all worlds, the hike begins at the coastal village and ascends 225-metres through the forest, giving views of both mountains and seascapes in a loop which takes roughly an hour and a half to complete.

The organisers describe the scene as a “Rounded summit surrounded by sheer limestone bars, Mont-Gros dominates the bay of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. The panorama offers the contemplation of the incessant ballet of multi-coloured paragliders and hang-gliders, floating in the wind. In the background: an azure sky and the Southern Alps flowing into the Mediterranean. Close your eyes and imagine yourself as these liberators! For 1h30, set off towards the ascent of Mont-Gros, with the foresters of the National Forestry Office, to discover trails where man works for the protection of nature.”

The fun begins at 9:30am with the first hike of the day for early birds, with another at 1:30pm for those who like their exercise a bit later in the day.

Whilst on the trail, walkers can take the opportunity to admire the work of the Forestry Service, who ensure the sustainability and health of the nearly 11 million hectares of public forests they manage. Their work has three main objectives: to produce wood, preserve the environment and welcome the public. Additionally, the ONF carries out public service missions in the field of natural risk management, and offers services to communities and businesses.

The walk is free by reservation only and subject to current health protocols. To register for the hike, click here.  

 

 

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