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Vallat Meyrol Balcony Trail

Intermediate
 3.0 (1)

A wide track alternate to the D25 paved road through the Vallat Meyrol.


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2.2

Miles

3.5

KM

Doubletrack

920' 280 m

High

564' 172 m

Low

94' 29 m

Up

425' 130 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Fire danger closes the forest in the summer.

Description

This trail contours the hillside above the paved D25. You can ride it in either direction. The track rolls along, rising and falling. But it's easier from west to east as mapped.

The route was clearly once a rough, narrow road/doubletrack, but it seemingly has only been used by bikers and hikers for long enough that it is effectively a singletrack now. It appears that in 2022 the forest guardians masticated along this trail (possibly for a fire break?). Hacking back the encroaching vegetation means the trail is lovely to ride now: faster, less scratchy, and less possibility of ticks. And rare wildflowers like Narrow-leaved Helleborine and Rush-leaf Jonquil are reappearing after having been shaded out. Don't run over them!

Start at Latitude/Longitude: 43.7248 N / 4.96522 E. Head uphill and watch for the track breaking off to your left after a few hundred meters.

The trail ends at a fire road. Turning left here will take you to the D25 paved road, with a parallel singletrack.

Turning right will lead you on to poppy fields (in May) where you can visit the Villa Gallo-Romain de Saint Pierre de Vence, or on to a pass below the Tour des Opies via the Val de Lègue trail.

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F Felix

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Smooth singletrack paralleling the smooth and quiet D-25.
Apr 11, 2022 near Aureille, FR
Recent mastication made Vallat-Meyrol much more rideable.
Apr 28, 2022 near Aureille, FR
Rare plants, like this Narrow-leaved Helleborine, are sprouting where the brush has been removed.
Apr 28, 2022 near Aureille, FR

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Apr 27, 2022
F Felix
Lovely wildflowers, and the bushes are nicely trimmed back from the trail