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Forêt de l'Ours via the Combe du Bras
Forêt de l'Ours via the Combe du Bras
Forêt de l'Ours via the Combe du Bras

Forêt de l'Ours via the Combe du Bras

This great enduro route is perfect for experienced bikers. It's one of the rare tracks that leads down to Bourg d'Oisans from Alpe d'Huez.

Route in the “MTB in Oisans” guide (Oisans Tourisme)

Departure : Alpe d' Huez 1850 m
Arrival: Allemont or Bourg d'Oisans 720 m
Length: 2 hours
Distance: 17 km
Highest point: 1850 m
Lowest point: 720 m
Total height gain: 146 m
Total height loss: -1280 m
Technique: 4/4
Endurance: 2/4

Map: Top 25 Bourg d'Oisans et l'Alpe d'Huez 3335 ET

ROUTE
This route is signposted by the FFC [EN6].
In Alpe d'Huez, ride up to the top of the resort, to the "Rond point des Pistes" roundabout and then onto the "Chemin Panoramique" that goes around the Grande Sure.
Follow the panoramic path to a viewpoint table, where you can take a minute to admire the view, before switching into descent mode.
Set off into the Combe du Bras, following the path straight down into the forest (not going up to the right). The upper part of the Combe du Bras features rather slippery soil bends. Lower down, the terrain becomes stony and more technical.
This path brings you down to the Huez – Villard- Reculas tarmac road, which you take to the right for 3km to Villard-Reculas. The "Pas de la Confession" road daringly overhangs the entire Bourg-d’Oisans plain with superb viewpoints. Ride through Villard-Reculas. When you get to a car park, take the grassy path at the end to the left.
The path into the Forêt de l’Ours starts below the war memorial, in a field where there are sometimes livestock. Take care, as "speed bumps" have been installed as far as the beginning of the wood.
Once in the woodland, the path is fast until a small footbridge. Just afterwards, go straight on at the switchback, following the signs [EN 6]. The first part has lovely, banked switchbacks and then after a traverse, you get to the more technical section called ‘La Fontaine de l’Ours’.
After this exciting section, you arrive directly in the Bourg d’Oisans plain, close to the hamlet of Le Raffour. From here, you can either go straight on to Allemont, or turn left to Bourg d’Oisans.

17 km
2 h
max. 1857 m
min. 712 m
146 m
1280 m

Accessibility

Style : Mountain

Starting point

106 Place du Cognet
38750 Huez
Lat : 45.0955Lng : 6.06937
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Village d'Allemont

38114 Allemont
Lat : 45.1322Lng : 6.04061
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Alpe d'Huez

Join the panoramic path following the track and the path behind the buildings to the left of the starting point.

Place du Cognet 38750 Huez
Lat : 45.0955Lng : 6.06956
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Panoramic path

Follow it to the edge of the forest of La Combe du Bras, where a gnarled tree trunk overhangs the path (watch your head) and carry on through the forest (without going uphill).

985 Unnamed Road 38750 Huez
Lat : 45.0864Lng : 6.05158
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Route panoramique : Route de la Confession

38114 Villard-Reculas
Lat : 45.0854Lng : 6.03622
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Confession road

This path brings you down to the Huez – Villard- Reculas tarmac road, which you take to the right for 3km to Villard-Reculas.
The road daringly overhangs the entire Bourg-d’Oisans plain with superb
viewpoints.

D211B 38750 Huez
Lat : 45.08Lng : 6.05233
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Village de Villard-Reculas

38114 Villard-Reculas
Lat : 45.0918Lng : 6.03309
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Villard Reculas

Once in Villard-Reculas, 100 m after the church, turn left, following signs to the Forêt de l’Ours. The path starts below the war memorial.

1 Route d'Allemont 38114 Villard-reculas
Lat : 45.0921Lng : 6.03031
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La forêt de l'Ours

The first section is fast and very pleasant (watch your speed as there are sometimes sheep and cows). In the woodland follow FFC signs.

10 Chemin de Bourg d'Oisans 38114 Villard-reculas
Lat : 45.0908Lng : 6.02955
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Footbridge

You get to a small footbridge, where you immediately turn down to the left. Go straight on at the first switchback, following the FFC signs to get to the very technical section called ‘La Fontaine de l’Ours’.

D44B 38114 Villard-reculas
Lat : 45.0995Lng : 6.0298
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La fontaine de l'Ours

After this exciting section, you arrive at le Raffour.

D44B 38114 Oz
Lat : 45.1058Lng : 6.03029
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Le Raffour

You can either turn right to get to Allemont, via Le Raffour, or left to Bourg d’Oisans.

Châtillon 38520 Oz
Lat : 45.1099Lng : 6.02658
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Arrivée : Bourg d'oisans (720m)

D1091B 38520 Le bourg-d'oisans
Lat : 45.0586Lng : 6.02834
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4 informations complémentaires

Contact

Phone : 04 76 11 44 44

Email : info@oisans.com

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

Open period

From 1/06 to 01/11 : open daily.

Updated by

Oisans Tourisme - 22/07/2016
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