The Ecouges and the pré de Fessole
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The Ecouges and the pré de Fessole

The Ecouges and the pré de Fessole

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A hike to discover a preserved wilderness (classified Sensitive Natural Area). Les Ecouges is a place full of history with a mosaic of landscapes rich in biodiversity.

An unusual atmosphere along the cliffs when crossing the two Steps.


Departure from Pont Chabert (parking), take the direction of Rivet. The forest road runs through the wood known as Les Bergers, passes at La Scie 1, then winds up to the Grandes Routes 2, to reach at the end of a long straight line Le Rivet 3 (belvedere on the valley proximity). The hike continues through the alpine pastures (thank you for closing the barriers behind you), follow the yellow and green markings and join Le Pré du Sabot 4. From there, join the Pas de Montbrand 5, then the Pas de Pierre Taillée 8 passing by Sous Montbrand 6 and Sous Pierre Taillée 7. Get off at Fessole 9 before returning to the crossroads of Pré du Sabot. From this crossing, the return to Pont Chabert takes place on the same route as on the way.
  • Departure : lieu-dit Pont Chabert (parking), La Rivière
  • Arrival : lieu-dit Pont Chabert (parking), La Rivière
  • Towns crossed : Saint-Gervais, La Rivière, and Autrans


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.
Impacted practices:
Alix Savine
Gestionnaire Espaces Naturels et Ruraux  
Service Patrimoine Naturel
Direction de l’Aménagement 
06 33 00 42 73

Golden eagle

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Fédération des Alpages de l’Isère
Parc du Vercors


Please close the gates and barriers behind you!

Be careful in wet weather, some passages can be made delicate and slippery, caution!

Information desks

Access and parking

From Saint-Gervais, follow the D35 towards Col de Romeyère. After crossing the Canyon des Ecouges via a tunnel, park at the Pont Chabert car park.

From Balme-de-Rencurel, take the D35 to Col de Romeyère. After the Col, continue for 4 km to reach the Pont Chabert (parking).
Parking: Parking of the Pont Chabert

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