The Pic Saint-Michel and le col de l'Arc
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The Pic Saint-Michel and le col de l'Arc

The Pic Saint-Michel and le col de l'Arc

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The Pic Saint-Michel at 1,966 metres is an emblematic Vercors summit, dominating the Grenoble valley, with an exceptional panorama over a large part of the Alps.
This pleasant mountain hike will let you discover different environments in a sumptuous setting. You will wander through the woods, alpine pastures and the lapiaz. 

2 points of interest


Leaving from the lieu-dit Les Barnets (car park), go towards the Pic Saint-Michel by taking the Tour des Quatre-Montagnes itinerary (yellow and red marking). At the Collet du Furon, take the trail that climbs to the Combe Oursière now following the yellow-green markers. This trail meanders amongst the rocks to finally reach the Pic Saint-Michel with its magnificent panorama over the Grenoble valley and a large part of the Alps. After a good rest, even if only to appreciate the beauty of the location, the walk continues close to the ridge, regularly descending to reach the Col de l'Arc, the other highlight of the circuit. To return to the Barnets, follow the marked trail and descend to Font Froide where you meet the GR 91. From there, go to La Salière then the Collet du Furon, from which the Barnets is not far.
Departure : Barnets car park, route des Montagnes de Lans, Lans-en-Vercors
Arrival : Barnets car park, route des Montagnes de Lans, Lans-en-Vercors
Towns crossed : Lans-en-Vercors, Claix, Varces-Allières-et-Risset, Saint-Paul-de-Varces, Villard-de-Lans

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.
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Parc du Vercors


At certain times of year, you will cross summer pastures, and may meet herd protection and guard dogs (Patous). Always ensure that you go a long way round the animals, calmly so that the dog can identify you, do not pat or threaten them. Keep dogs on leads.
In rainy weather, some technical sections may be difficult and slippery!
Use the installed passages to cross fences, close gates and barriers.
Stay on the marked trails and respect private property.

Information desks

246 avenue Léopold Fabre, 38250 Lans-en-Vercors

04 76 95 42 62

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Access and parking

From Lans-en-Vercors, head towards the Sierre (Montagnes de Lans snow stadium) via the D1061, park in the "Les Barnets" car park.

Parking :

Barnets car park, (route des Montagnes de Lans)

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