My trail circuit by: Robin Duvillard
A pleasant climb along a forest path, which becomes wilder over the kilometres. Here you will find everything the Vercors has to offer: meadows, cliffs, ridges, contrasting colours. A little corner of the mountains to discover without hesitation!
This circuit lets you immerse yourself in this little preserved valley, the Fauge, where the high rock faces contrast with the peaceful fields and undergrowth.
The outcrops of flint of Plâtres
Point of view of the Côtes
The departure is from the Cochettes car park in Villard-de-Lans.
Km 3.75: advance along the Chaulange Combe below the Gobert path, view over the Val de Lans. Splendid, particularly with the sea of clouds on an Autumn morning.
Km 5.25: arrive at the Combe Chaulange 1 signpost on the Gobert path. Facing the Cornafion spur, panoramic view across the entire mountain chain, the alpine ski slopes and the High Plateaux of the Vercors in the background. A magnificent spot for a short break or a picnic!
Between kilometres 4 and 7, I like to take advantage of the Gobert path with its slightly downhill profile in this direction to stretch out after the steep climb to the Chaulange Combe - a real treat! (and yes, you can enjoy running...!)
Arrive at the Roybon cabin 2. The unmissable Villardian refuge, with the perfect location to spend a pleasant evening.
Km 7.2: view from the Roybon refuge with an impressive panorama over the North Vercors mountains. You can take a break... but I must keep running!
Km 8.4: arrive in the Fauge Valley, above the Bergerie (sheepfold) 3. It is sometimes a bit tricky to avoid getting your feet wet in the field in wet weather, but with a bit of experience you succeed...
Km 9.5: Another climb at the end of the Fauge Valley with a small, but pleasant, panorama before the ascent to the Lake of Les Près 4.
Km 10.4: end of the climb for today! Arrive at the artificial Les Près Lake. Take time out to look at the surprising view, before going back down.
Km 10.6: a final 360° panorama of the North Vercors before going back down towards civilisation and a snack?
Km 12: feeling good?
A short detour by the Collet des Clots, then the Abri de la Fauge 5 to take advantage of the Fauge Valley - often shady and cool - on the way down for a final pleasure!
Km 14: while we are here, why not leave the path to admire the Fauge waterfall 6 and cool down. Or hurry to finish the last kilometre and eat a crepe?
Km 15.8: at the famous Pont de l'Amour 7 you have nearly arrived, and the return to the Cochettes car park is close. Well done!
The Champions Trails are specific training trails (difficult and technical) which do not always correspond to the signalled itineraries on the ground. The technical descriptions are not as precise as those for the other Vercors Rando circuits. Usual practice is to download the gpx trace in order to follow the itinerary.
Be careful in rain and fog as certain passages may be slippery and technical (particularly the Pas de l'Oeille crossing).
For obvious safety reasons, this itinerary can ONLY be followed in its entirety outside of the snow period!
Take advice about snow cover (sometimes late) at the start of the season.
You will cross summer pastures, and maybe meet herd protection and guard dogs.
Always ensure that you go a long way around the animals, calmly so that the dog can identify you. Don't caress or threaten them.
Keep dogs on leads!
101 place Mure-Ravaud, 38250 Villard-de-Lans
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