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A lovely half-day ride, offering fabulous views from the south-facing valley over the mountains of La Meije and Las Agneaux and magnificent single tracks.

Route in the "MTB in Oisans" guide (Oisans Tourisme)

Departure / Arrival (loop): Villar d'Arène 1640 m
Time: 2 h 30
Distance: 14 km
Highest point: 2052 m
Lowest point: 1472 m
Total ascent: 616 m
Total descent: -616 m
Technique: 2/4
Endurance: 2/4

Map: Top 25 IGN 3435 ET Valloire

Starting at Villar d'Arène, this route is signposted FFC no. 4 L'Aiguillon. Cross Villar d'Arène and ride to Le Pied du Col on a small road. Once at the hamlet, turn off up to the left towards Les Cours on a path that takes you up to the D1091. From the D1091, turn right for 250 m and then take a path off to the left that leads up to Les Cours.
At the entrance to the hamlet, turn right onto the path that goes above the road, before rejoining the small road that leads to the Chardoucier car park.
Just before the car park, turn off up to the left to L'Aiguillon (2052 m) on a balcony path. You'll probably need to push last few metres.
From the summit of L'Aiguillon, go down to the right towards Valfroide. At the end of the valley, turn left up a very pleasant path to Puy Golèfre.
From Puy Golèfre, go down a somewhat technical path to the D1091.
Turn right towards la Grave and at the entrance to the village, turn down to the left to the Arboretum (following signs to "Camping La Meije"). At the bottom, cross over the Romanche River and and left up the side of the Ecrins National Park boundary on a technical path until you reach Villar d'Arène.

ALTERNATIVE: The descent of the Chemin de Côte de la Ville.
From L'Aiguillon, take the "Chemin de Côte de la Ville", which leads directly to Villar d'Arène. This is a technical ride, featuring very tight switchbacks on a very narrow path.
Only for experienced bikers!

Time: 20 mins.
Distance: 3.5 km
Total ascent: 41 m
Total descent: -462 m
Technique: 4/4
Endurance: 1/4

19 km
2 h 30 mn
max. 2083 m
min. 1452 m
616 m
616 m

Altimetric profile

Style : Mountain

Starting point

05480 Villar d'Arène
Lat : 45.043Lng : 6.33458
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Villar d'Arène

From the village, take the path to the Chapelle Saint Antoine and carry on to Les Cours.

D7 05480 Villar-d'arene
Lat : 45.043Lng : 6.33454
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Le Pied du Col

Montez à gauche en direction des Cours.

Pied du Col 05480 Villar-d'arene
Lat : 45.0352Lng : 6.35915
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Le Cours

Take a small road that leads up to the car park of Le Chardoucier.

Les Cours 05480 Villar-d'arene
Lat : 45.043Lng : 6.34881
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Parking Le Chardoucier

Just before to arrvie at the parking, take left to go at "L'Aiguillon"

Chazelai 05480 Villar-d'arene
Lat : 45.0486Lng : 6.34334
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Pousser !

Quelques minutes de poussages seront de mise sur les derniers mètres.

Unnamed Road 05480 Villar-d'arene
Lat : 45.0535Lng : 6.33243
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Follow the path until Valfroide.
Alternative: from L’Aiguillon, take the Chemin de Côtes de la Ville, which arrives at the waste collection site.

Le Puy Golefre 05320 La grave
Lat : 45.0553Lng : 6.3297
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Ride to La Grave descending via Puy Golèfre.

Le Puy Golefre 05320 La grave
Lat : 45.0655Lng : 6.33471
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Le Puy Golèfre

Descente technique jusqu'à la RD 1091.

Le Puy Golefre 05320 La grave
Lat : 45.0517Lng : 6.31814
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Rd 1091

Once on the road turn left until Villar d'Arène (be carreful in tunnel)

D1091 05320 La grave
Lat : 45.048Lng : 6.31804
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La Grave

En entrant dans le village, prendre la première route à gauche qui descend à l'arboretum (suivre le panneau "Camping de La Meije")

2012 D1091 05320 La grave
Lat : 45.0465Lng : 6.30819
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Arboretum / Retour à Villar d'Arène

Passer la Romanche et prendre à gauche en direction de Villar d'Arène. Ce chemin technique longe le Parc National des Ecrins.

D233T 05320 La grave
Lat : 45.0452Lng : 6.31343
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Open period

From 01/05 to 15/11.

Updated by

Oisans Tourisme - 24/09/2019

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