Saut du Loup

Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France

About Saut du Loup

Hiking Distance: almost roadside
Suggested Time: 15 minutes

Date first visited: 2012-05-16
Date last visited: 2012-05-16

Waterfall Latitude: 43.74802
Waterfall Longitude: 6.99798

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Saut du Loup was nothing grand, but it was an intriguing stop driving through the rugged Loup Gorge.

Visiting this waterfall was pretty much a piece of cake. There was a car park with room for about a dozen vehicles or so, then we went over to the automated cashier (caisse) where we dropped 1 euro per person. Once you drop in the euro coin, it enabled the nearby turnstile to unlock for enough of a turn to let one person through. We thought it was a pretty nifty self-help contraption that still earned money for whoever owns this land without actually needing to man a booth to collect money.

Anyways once we went past the turnstile, we walked down some steps in a tunnel before emerging at the other end where there was a viewing and walking area set atop a protruding ridge. Towards the end of that walkway, there were additional steps to get a little lower and different perspective of the waterfall action here.

What made this waterfall (or should I say waterfalls) interesting was the convergence of at least three weeping waterfalls accompanied by a loud drop on the main Loup Stream, which I believe was the Saut du Loup itself. In addition to the waterfalls, this short viewing and walking platform also allowed us to observe the rugged gorge scenery around us, which was something we didn’t really get to do while driving the narrow and windy D6 road within the Loup Gorge.

Even though we were planning on visiting this waterfall, we actually stumbled across it trying to figure out where to stop and turn around to visit Cascade de Courmes, which we noticed just moments before finding the car park for the Saut du Loup attraction.

This attraction sat within the Alpes-Maritimes department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region (though it was technically in Cote d’Azur).

Corniches_037_20120516 - The car park for Saut du Loup
Saut_du_Loup_041_20120516 - Some kind of fountain or spring right at the car park
Corniches_038_20120516 - The automated cashier and turnstile
Corniches_039_20120516 - Steps within the tunnel descending to the viewing area
Saut_du_Loup_002_20120516 - The walkway and viewing area
Saut_du_Loup_013_20120516 - Another look at the other waterfalls not on the Loup Stream
Saut_du_Loup_031_20120516 - What I believe is the actual Saut du Loup as it fell thunderously on the Loup Stream


Contrasting the busy and hectic driving of the Cote d’Azur (French Riviera), it’s hard to believe that this place is less than 45 minutes or so from both Cannes and Nice. We made it here by way of the Corniches near Nice along the A8 before exiting the autoroute for the D6 at Cagnes-sur-Mer, then driving north on D6 (where after several local and mountain roads eventually became La Route des Gorges du Loup).

The signed car park was on our right side barely a minute or two after the tunnel next to Cascade de Courmes.

For context, Nice was 34km (under an hour drive) east of Cannes, 205km (about 2.5 hours drive) east of Marseille, 262km (about 2.5-3 hours drive) east of Avignon, and 471km (about 4.5-5 hours drive) southeast of Lyon.

Left to right sweep of the waterfalls in the area from a higher vantage point

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