This is a really lovely beginner’s descent on the old road down from the pass, facing the spectacular Meije. All the landmarks are there for you to admire, including the Glacier de l’Homme, Glacier du Fauteuil, Pic Gaspard and the Doigt de Dieu.
Route in the “MTB in Oisans” guide (Oisans Tourisme)
Departure: Col du Galibier 2546 m (Desgranges stone marker)
Arrival: Villar d'Arène 1640 m
Time: 1 1/2 hours
Distance: 15 km
Highest point: 2543 m
Lowest point: 1640 m
Total ascent: +170 m
Total descent: -1059 m
Map: Top 25 Meije Pelvoux 3436 ET and Valloire 3435 ET
Start off at the Desgranges stone marker and go round a ruined house lower down, behind which the path begins. Cross the road to take the "Chemin du Galibier" on the other side. Ride down the bends of this peaceful path to
the Col du Lautaret road (D1091).
Cross over the road to the track opposite, which leads to the col (2 km).
Once at the col, cross over the road and go past the bar/restaurant "La Ferme" to join up with the GR 50 path. From this point onwards, the route is marked "FFC no.13". The track winds its way through peat bogs in pastureland and after 2.5 km, you arrive back on the Col du Lautaret road (D1091). Cross the road and carry on the path to the hamlet of Le Pied du Col, where you turn right on the road and then after 150 m, right again onto a track that takes you to Villard’Arène.
max. 2546 m
min. 1656 m
Style : Mountain
Start off at the Desgranges stone marker and go round a ruined house lower down, behind which the path begins.
Cross the road to take the «Chemin du Galibier» on the other side. Ride down the bends of this peaceful path to the Col du Lautaret road.
Cross the road and turn right to reach the col (2 km, gradual slope). This is the old road – the “new” one dates from 1938 – stop for a minute to imagine the cyclists from the 1911 Tour de France making their way up here…
Once at the col, in line with the wooden drinking trough, look for the GR 50 path which passes through the peat bogs. This narrow path runs parallel to the road, winding its way through the pasture.
Cross the road once again and carry on the path to the hamlet of Le Pied du Col.
From Pied du Col, follow the road down for 200m before turning off to the right onto a track. When the track finishes, ride by sight towards Villard’Arène, accessible via the GR 50.
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Oisans Tourisme - 17/12/2018
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