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Lac des Quirlies - hiking

Lac des Quirlies - hiking
Lac des Quirlies

Description

This is a varied hike featuring waterfalls, a green valley, lake, glaciers and panoramic views over the summits of the Grand Sauvage, Aiguilles d'Arves, Meije and the Girose glaciers.

A hike along the Ferrand river, crossing high-altitude pastureland (Cabanes des Bruyères and Chalets des Quirlies). Option of searching for crystals at the Clos Chevaleret.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION
Starting point: Le Perron car park
Elevation gain: 1000 m
Duration: 4 hours
Distance:14.8 km
Level: Difficult

MAP
OBP no. 3 (Oisans au Bout des Pieds): paths nos. 332 and 334
IGN Top 25 no. 3335 EST

DURING THE HIKE
- Pont Ferrand and its waterfall
- The glacial Quirlies lake (source of the Ferrand)
- The Malatres and Quirlies glaciers and their medial moraine
- The Echine de Praouat (a schist ridge)

EXTRA INFO
The Lac des Quirlies sits at an altitude of 2566 m and is fed by the glacier of the same name, which pours ice-cold milky water into the lake (the water is full of fine particles of clay giving it the milky appearance). The lake emerged around 50 years ago, bearing witness to the receding glaciers, and is now around 400 m long, although in the middle of the last century, it was just a pond. Indeed, on the first 1/50000 "Ecrins-Dauphiné" maps, the lake isn't even shown.

Technical Information

Walking
Difficulty
Medium
Duration
4h
Dist.
14 km
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Starting point

38142 Clavans-en-Haut-Oisans
Lat : 45.100197Lng : 6.164588

Date and time

  • From 01/05/2024 to 31/10/2024
  • From 01/05/2025 to 31/10/2025

Additional information

Updated by

Oisans Tourisme - 18/03/2024
www.oisans.com
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Open period

From 01/05 to 31/10.

Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.

Location complements

Park in the hamlet of Le Perron (on the hairpin bend) and follow the track towards the Pont du Ferrand, to the foot of the waterfall of the same name.

Data author

Image Oisans Tourisme
proposed by Oisans Tourisme
1 bis rue Humbert 38520 Le Bourg d'Oisans France

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Caution!
We have no information on the difficulty of this circuit. You may encounter some surprises along the way. Before you go, please feel free to inquire more and take all necessary precautions. Have a good trip! 🌳🥾