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The Grand Tour of La Grave Villar-d'Arène
The Grand Tour of La Grave Villar-d'Arène
The Grand Tour of La Grave Villar-d'Arène

The Grand Tour of La Grave Villar-d'Arène

A classic cross-country route, this lovely loop takes you through all the hamlets of La Grave. On a balcony path on the south facing slopes of la grave, you have the very best view of La Meije and its glaciers.

Itinerary from the “MTB in Oisans” guide (Oisans Tourisme)

Departure / Arrival (loop): La Grave 1450 m
Time: 3 1/2 hours
Distance: 30 km
Highest point: 2069 m
Lowest point: 1438 m
Total ascent: 1109 m
Total descent: -1109 m
Technique: 3/4
Endurance: 3/4

Map: IGN Top 25 Valloire 3435 ET and Meije Pelvoux 3436 ET.

ROUTE
From the Bureau des Guides in La Grave, ride down to the lower ski lift car park and take the path that goes down to the Romanche River (skiers walk up this path in winter). Cross the bridge and turn left onto the road to L'Arboretum, then Villar d'Arène via the “Sentier des Vallois” path.
Once in Villar d’Arène, from the square in front of the church (Place de l'église), ride up the right-hand street (wrong way up the one-way street), that turns into a path a few hundred metres further on. This goes to the narrow road leading to Le Pied du Col.
Once in the hamlet, you can take a detour via the Pas de l'Ane and the gravel quarry. Once back in Le Col, take the path leading up to Les Cours.
In Les Cours, turn right up the path leading to the Lac du Pontet (track for 1 km, road for a further 2.5 km and then a steep path). Ride around the lake on the left-hand side and take another steep path which turns into a magnificent single track that joins l’Aiguillon (2060 m). This marks the start of a fine downhill section to Entraigue / Valfroide.
Cross over the bridge and follow the track and then the road to Valfroide, les Hières and then Ventelon.
Once in Ventelon, take the track most to the right up to the hamlet of Les Clots. If you wish to shorten the ride, you can join up with Les Terrasses by going straight on.
From Les Clots, turn left onto a magnificent single track crossing the slate scree (take care as this is an exposed section). Carry on along the mountainside until you reach the ski runs of Le Chazelet, before gradually losing height until you reach the snack bar at Le Chazelet ski resort. Ride up 50 m to the bottom of the ski lift and then return to the village on the track that goes off to the right.
Ride through Le Chazelet and go back to La Grave by the GR 54 path via Les Terrasses.

29 km
5 h
max. 2071 m
min. 1424 m
1109 m
1109 m
Style : Mountain
Public : Sportsmen

Starting point

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La Grave

From the Bureau des Guides in La Grave, ride down to the lower ski lift car park and take the path that goes down to the Romanche River.

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Bon Repos Chapel

The Chapel Notre Dame de Bon Repos stands on a promontory along the...Read more

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Notre Dame de l’Assomption church

La Grave's Church was built around the 11th century and is dedicated...Read more

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Cross the Romanche

Cross the bridge and turn left onto the tarmac “Route de l’Envers”. Follow the road.

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Pontet lake

Beautiful lake above the hamlet of Les Cours, near Villar d'Arêne.

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Towards

Then turn left onto the “Sentier des Vallois” path towards Villar d’Arène (this path starts before the road crosses the river again). Ride/push until the path comes out at the Tunnel des Ardoisières.

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Villar d'Arène

From the village square, ride up the right-hand street (wrong way up the one-way street), that turns into a path a few hundred metres further on (the tarmac road goes off to the left). This leads to the narrow “Route du Pied du Col”.

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Le Pied du Col

Once in the hamlet, turn left towards Les Cours (the path crosses the main road after 2 km).

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Les Cours

At the fountain in Les Cours, turn right and then left 100 m further on towards the Lac du Pontet (track for 1 km, road for a further 2.5 km and then a steep path).

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Lac du Pontet

Ride around the lake on the left-hand side (past the snack bar) and take another steep path which turns into a magnificent single track that joins the Col de l’Aiguillon.

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Col de l'Aiguillon

This marks the start of a fine downhill section to Valfroide.

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Valfroide

From Valfroide, follow the track and then the road to Le Ventelon (passing through Les Hières).

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Ventelon

Once in Ventelon take the road most to the right for 400 m, followed by the track that turns off to the right and goes (steeply) up to the hamlet of Les Clots.
Or join Le Chazelet by the tarmac road to shorten the route.

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Les Clots

You then turn left onto a magnificent single track crossing the mountainside (take care on the slate of the exposed section).

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Take the track on the rignt

You then come to a track where you turn right to the ski runs of Le Chazelet.

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Towards Le Chazelet

Ride up 50 m to the bottom of the ski lift and then return to the village on the track that goes off to the right.

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Le Chazelet

Ride through Le Chazelet and then take the track down towards Notre Dame de Bon Repos / Les Fréaux.

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Notre Dame de Bon Repos

The track turns into a single track that becomes tricky from the chapel onwards (watch out for exposed sections).

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Contact

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Email : info@oisans.com

Website : http://www.bike-oisans.com

Open period

From 01/06 to 31/10.

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Oisans Tourisme - 07/09/2016
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