About 15 minutes out the road/GR51 passes the Crois de Muratore (441 m). Side trails are marked for the Col des Cabanelles and the Col de la Madone.
Gorbio - Mont Gros
A side trail up to the right along the little road goes to Baisse de Cabanelles (2h00) and Col de la Madone (2h45).
A GR51-diversion goes left here, following a paved road down to Roquebrune village (0h45).
About 20 minutes out on the dirt forestry road, the GR51 turns right (clearly marked) and starts up the side of Mont Gros, through the woods. The trail is finally very pretty.
Past the water source, the GR51 goes up the hill on a stone-bordered path, to the left of the forestry road. Just one minute up the trail, the GR51 goes left at a small unmarked junction. We followed the right-hand branch for a few minutes but it went even further right (north) so we came back to the little junction for the left fork.
About a minute later, the GR51 makes a sharp right turn at another small unmarked junction. Here the left-hand branch goes to a nearby lookout point where there's (probably) a great view [below].
This is the trail junction near the top of Mont Gros. The GR51 to the west turns sharp right here. Angling up to the left is a short (5 minute) trail up to the peak of Mont Gros; we didn't bother this time because of the thick fog.
A straight-ahead branch here is for the Tour du Mont Gros, a trail that circles the mountain. The trails here are all clearly marked.
Mont Gros - Laghet
Starting down the GR51 west from the top of Mont Gros there's a nice aerial view of Monaco below; very fog-shrouded for us. Ten minutes or so below the top, the GR51 trail again joins a paved road. And just a few minutes up the road, the GR51 passes Col de Mont Gros (689 m) [our photo].
The westbound road/trail passes to the south of Mont Agel (1148 m). Along the road the GR51 passes the large Monaco transmitter site, and then the Monte-Carlo golf course. Five minutes past the corner of the golf course, the road bends left, across a bridge called the Pont des Demoiselles (768 m).
Crossing the road, to the area shown in our photo, the GR51 goes right (north) here, past the left end of a bank of post boxes, down the paved Chemin de Gayan. Alternately, turning left, a trail goes down to village of La Turbie.
After about 15 minutes north along a small paved road, the GR51 branches left, becoming a trail again, westward through the woods.
The paved road circles around to the south and, after a 10-minute walk to the end of the road, the GR51 becomes a woods trail again.
The hiking signpost indicates straight ahead for Spraes, Sanctuaire de Laghet and Drap-GR51. It's true for Spraes and the GR51 towards Drap, but not for Laghet. For a side trip to Laghet hamlet/sanctuaire, turn left at the signpost and follow the road down the hill.
Laghet Sanctuaire PR
We deviated from the GR51 for a short side-trip down to the hamlet and sanctuary of Laghet. It's a quick 10-minute hike down to Laghet, for fresh water, visiting the convent/sanctuary, and the possibility of a mid-day meal and lodging.
For lodging at the Sanctuaire Notre-Dame de Laghet (all year):
Tel: 0492 415 050
There's a water fountain in the lower hamlet, just before you arrive at the convent. In the square in front of the convent, there's a water fountain for drinking water in a hidden nook in the far right corner.