The Col de l'Echarasson
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The Col de l'Echarasson

The Col de l'Echarasson

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From the scenic and vertiginous road to Combe Laval, discover the Montagne de l'Echarasson.
This hike which alternates between undergrowth and glades, guides you in particular in the footsteps of the charbonniers of yesteryear.

2 points of interest

  • Clearings

    During your stroll mainly forest, you will cross many clearings, sign of an agriculture still present.
  • Belvedere of Combe Laval

    The road to Combe Laval was built in 1896 to rally the Royans to the Col de la Machine and the plateau of Vercors. This cliffside road is magnificent, carved out of cliffs, it dominates the Laval combe a karst retreat of nearly 4 km.


Departure from the Belvedere de Combe Laval (parking) on the D76 (road Combe Laval), direction Col de l'Echarasson 2. Go up to Ferlin 1, then continue through woods and clearings for a good hour to reach the Col de l'Echarasson (1146 m). From the pass, take the direction of Saint-Jean-en-Royans and go down again following the yellow and green markings until the Pas de la Sère 3. At the Pas, continue towards Saint-Jean-en-Royans to reach Gaudissart 4. From there, climb slightly back to Ferlin and then back to the Belvedere de Combe Laval.
  • Departure : Parking lot of the Belvedere of Combe Laval, Saint-Jean-en-Royans
  • Arrival : Parking lot of the Belvedere of Combe Laval, Saint-Jean-en-Royans
  • Towns crossed : Saint-Jean-en-Royans


Altimetric profile

Sensitive areas

Along your trek, you will go through sensitive areas related to the presence of a specific species or environment. In these areas, an appropriate behaviour allows to contribute to their preservation. For detailed information, specific forms are accessible for each area.

Golden eagle

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Peregrine falcon

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Use the passageways to cross the fences, close the gates and barriers.

Stay on the marked paths is also respect private property.

Information desks

13 Place de l'Eglise, 26190 Saint-Jean-en-Royans 75 48 61 39

Access and parking

From Saint-Jean-en-Royans, follow the D76 to Combe Laval (parking along the road).

From Chapelle-en-Vercors, follow the D178 then the D199 and the D76 to Combe Laval (car park along the road).

Parking :

Parking of the Belvedere of Combe Laval

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