Far from the best-known and frequently-used sectors, discover unusual ochre hills, rich with rare, discreet species. This is a relatively easy and short walk which enables you to explore some of the most interesting aspects of the Luberon in just a few kilometers.
Follow the path which takes off above the parking lot to the left. A few meters later, at a crossroads, go right on a trail which goes upward toward the top of the hill.
Slightly later the first cistus plants appear - the cistus with leaves of sage, and the bigger cistus with laurel leaves. This species, like the heather with its small pink flowers, normally grow near the Atlantic, but are also found on the ochre hills in the Luberon where conditions are conducive to growth. At the sign "Trou des Américains", continue straight toward "Les Bruyères, Rustrel" (yellow marking).
Before going on, you can do a short round-trip in the direction of Saint-Philibert, to go see the "Trou des Américains' which is actually a small temporary pond not far away, from the time the ochre was mined. This pond is now the site of the reproduction of seveal species of rare and protected amphibians. Deer and boar also come drink here and you may see their tracks.
Back on the trail, pine begins to be seen - Norway pine (red bark at the top), maritime pine (straighter trunks). The path then goes along a rocky outcrop. Slightly after, a great view on your left of Saint-Satumin-d'Apt and the Monts de Vaucluse.
At the end of this open section (there had been a fire in 2000), do not continue on the right, but follow the yellow marking on the left.
Farther, you go above the ochre cliffs, where bee-eaters have built their nests.
Continue on the yellow-marked path. Be careful at the 'Les Bruyères' crossroads to go up on the right in the direction of the ridge. Slightly later you will come upon a wider path which goes straight down to the hamlet "Jean-Jean". Do not follow the path which goes off to the right as you descend.
At the end of the descent, leave the Jean-Jean hamlet on your left and go right on the path then the small road to return to your departure point.
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