The pic de l'ours
Departure : Col Notre-Dame
Duration : 1h30 circular walk
Distance : 2,3 km
How to get there by car :Take the coastal road towards Agay and when you arrive at the roundabout in Agay take the exit marked “Massif de l’Estérel”. Go under the small railway bridge and past the shops (bakery, boat and car repairs…) then turn right onto a small road signposted “Massif de l’Estérel”. Next follow the signs for "Pic de l'Ours" (8km).
Several paths start at the col Notre Dame: take the path signposted by a wooden sign "Dent de l'Ours - Pic de l'Ours".
The path heads slightly uphill. By turning right at the crossroads you'll arrive at the foot of the Dent de l'Ours. At the rock, enjoy the unobstructed view of the Bay of Cannes with its famous îles de Lérins, the Bay of Fréjus and in the distance the Maures massif. Continue by taking the path on the left which heads uphill towards the Pic de l'Ours summit. At a height of 492m it offers a stunning panorama of the Esterel. The diverse ecosystems of the Massif can be seen: jagged summits, red rock cliffs, vegetation, ravines... The flora is just as diverse: cork oak (dominant species), maritime pine, heather, strawberry trees. This environment is typical of the Mediterranean. Go past the transmitting antenna and continue about 50m on the road then take the path on the left which heads downhill (beware - steep path).
You can also head back on the tarmac road (20 mins longer but easier).
Be prepared: In summer, in case of extreme heat and mistral wind, the massif can be closed to avoid fire danger. Before you leave, please call 04.98.10.55.41 or go to http://ddaf.cdig-83.org/ to check the weather conditions.