Pas du Diable
Pas du Diable

Pas du Diable

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Take a trip through the history of the Authion mountain on the way to the Pas du Diable, whose name (which translates as “The Devil’s Footsteps”) is a reminder of the accursed reputation that high mountains used to have. The summit provides a 360° view over several summits such as Mont Bégo and Mont du Grand Capelet.

2 points of interest
History and historical trail

Redoute des Trois Communes

La Redoute des Trois Communes is a French fort which was built in 1898, in the Authion mountain chain under the command of Général Séré de Rivières.

In the 1870s, relations between France and Italy were conflictual. When the Comté de Nice became part of France (24th March 1860), it made Authion even more important as it had become a border chain, the keystone of defending the Maritime Alps. Huge fortification works began to make any possibility of the Italians breaking through impossible. Access to the chain was facilitated by several strategic roads being opened, leading to La Redoute des Trois Communes (1898) and to the forts of La Forca (1883-1890) and Mille Fourches (1883-1890).
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Cime du Diable

Due to its isolated position on the southern border of the Mercantour National Park, Cime du Diable, which rises to an altitude of 2685m, can easily be seen, despite its altitude, from the Mediterranean, with only 40km lying between it and the Côte d’Azur. It watches over the Cirque des Merveilles. Its evocative name recalls the way that high mountains were viewed in the past as being in some way cursed. Le Pas du Diable, located on the slopes of the cime of the same name, provides the link, thanks to GR52, between Vallée des Merveilles and the site of L'Authion.
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From the carpark at the hut at Tueis, follow marker 244 towards La Pointe des Trois Communes, where you will join the GR52 (marker B410).

Turn left and follow the route of the GR, which goes over the Baisse de St Véran (marker 409), the Col de Raus (marker 406), the Baisse Cavaline and finally the Pas du Diable (marker 405).

Follow the same route for the return journey.
Departure : Cabane de Tuéis, Moulinet
Arrival : Pas du Diable
Towns crossed : Moulinet, La Bollène-Vésubie, Breil-sur-Roya, Saorge, Belvédère, Tende

Altimetric profile


Is in the midst of the park
The national park is an unrestricted natural area but subjected to regulations which must be known by all visitors.

Information desks

1 place St Pierre, 06380 Sospel

04 83 93 95 70

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Place du Général de Gaulle, 06450 La Bollène Vésubie

04 93 03 60 54

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Access and parking

Go to the Col de Turini, head for Authion and leave your vehicle at the carpark near to the Mercantour National Park information point, at the hut at Tueis.

Parking :

cabane de Tueis

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