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: 6.99849

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.

Saut_du_Loup_017_20120516 - Saut du Loup
Saut du Loup

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.

Saut_du_Loup_031_20120516 - Looking down at a loud waterfall dropping on the main stream running through the Gorge du Loup, which I think might be the actual Saut du Loup
Looking down at a loud waterfall dropping on the main stream running through the Gorge du Loup, which I think might be the actual Saut du Loup

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.

I suspect that loud waterfall was in fact 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.

That was something we didn’t really get to do while driving the narrow and windy D6 road within the Gorge du Loup.

Even though we were planning on visiting this waterfall going into our visit, we actually stumbled across it trying to figure out where to stop and turn around to visit Cascade de Courmes.

Corniches_038_20120516 - Julie depositing her payment before going through the turnstiles to enter the Saut du Loup
Julie depositing her payment before going through the turnstiles to enter the Saut du Loup

We just happened to notice it just moments before finding the car park for the Saut du Loup attraction.

Saut du Loup sat within the Alpes-Maritimes department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region (though it was technically in Cote d’Azur – better known as the French Riviera).

Authorities

Saut du Loup resides near Nice and Cannes in the Alpes-Maritimes department of the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur province of France. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their tourism board website.

Saut_du_Loup_041_20120516 - Some kind of fountain or spring right at the car park for the Saut du Loup
Saut_du_Loup_040_20120516 - The turnstile blocking the tunnel leading down to the viewing areas for the Saut du Loup
Corniches_039_20120516 - Julie descending the steps within the tunnel leading to the viewing area for the Saut du Loup
Saut_du_Loup_002_20120516 - The walkway and viewing area for the Saut du Loup
Saut_du_Loup_013_20120516 - Portrait view of a couple of prominent seeping waterfalls of the Saut du Loup that were not on the Loup Stream
Saut_du_Loup_033_20120516 - Checking out a couple of the waterfalls of the Saut du Loup with a bright rainbow going across one of the waterfalls
Saut_du_Loup_038_20120516 - Focused on the one waterfall of the Saut du Loup that had an afternoon rainbow going across it

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Contrasting the busy and hectic driving of the Cote d’Azur (French Riviera), it’s hard to believe that the Saut du Loup 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.

Corniches_037_20120516 - The tight car park and entrance for the Saut du Loup
The tight car park and entrance for the Saut du Loup

Then, we drove 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 lower vantage point


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

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