Vercors Chatelus: Pas des Voutes, Pas de l'Allier

Very nice hike without any difficulty, with stunning views of the Pas des Voutes, Pas de la Charmate and Pas de l'Allier.

Technical sheet
No. 4225
A Châtelus (Isère) walk posted on 11/04/12 by cocodesbois. Update : 04/09/18
Calculated time Calculated time: 5h10[?]
Distance Distance : 11.14km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 820m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 814m
Highest point Highest point : 1248m
Lowest point Lowest point : 537m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Alps, Vercors, Dauphiné
Location Location : Châtelus (Isère) (38680)
Starting point Starting point : N 45.053379° / E 5.367079°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3236OTR
Download : -

Description

From the Col de Méselier car park, take the road for 250 m towards Saffrières, then take the first path to the left (1), which rises gradually in the forest of Serves Foulette. At the fork (2), take the left path around an almost 180° turn and climb the steep route to the Pas des Voutes (3).

Arrive at the ridge, head in the direction of St-Julien-en-Vercors, via the Pas de la Charmate (4) then by the Cabin in Lily (5).
Having arrived at the Cabin in Lily, turn right. We arrive at an intersection (6) Turn right and reach the view point of Pas de l’Allier (7).
Then head down the hillside to point (2) through which we passed on the outbound leg. There remains only to head straight to the car park at the starting point.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 539m
1 : km 0.36 - alt. 562m - Start at Chemin de la Forêt du Sert de la Foulette
2 : km 2.17 - alt. 818m - Intersection with Chemin du Pas de la Voute.
3 : km 3.11 - alt. 1113m - Pas de la Voute.
4 : km 3.3 - alt. 1160m - Pas de la Charmate.
5 : km 5.14 - alt. 1143m - Cabin in Lily.
6 : km 6.21 - alt. 1151m - Fork. Turn right.
7 : km 7.05 - alt. 1152m - Pas de l'Allier.
D/A : km 11.14 - alt. 540m

Useful Information

No special equipment is required.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 3236OTR.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Many variants for this hike near the Gorges de la Bourne, Choranches Caves and the beautiful village of Pont en Royans, with its hanging balconies.

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 5/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 5/5
Walk interest : 5/5


Admin hiker
on Mon 14 Oct 2019 21:58:55 CEST

Thanks for your feedback!

Cheers,
Aurélie - Community manager.


Walker
on Mon 14 Oct 2019 09:48:18 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 13/10/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

This is the 1st walk that I have used Visorando for and I was very impressed with the quality of the desctiption, the route map, directions and the starting point (lat & lon) which was absolutely 100% accurate.

The only thing that I would say is that this is marked as average although the walk has a very steep vertical climb which I think should be mentioned. I, on hindsight should have realised myself as the description does include the total height gained and also when I used Mapsource to get the route to my GPS, I also saw the altitude graph.

It is not a difficult walk and not easy so average is probably the best description but..

Overall - a very good walk and well done to the person who published it. 100% accurate and stunning views.

Other walks in the area

distance 6.55km Vertical gain +315m Vertical drop -305m Durée 2h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Martin-en-Vercors - 26 - Drôme

A walk of discovery from Vercors in a loop between the cliffs, forest and meadow. Small height change.

A loop through the Serre-Brion and Morta passes starting from Bourgmenu
distance 12.69km Vertical gain +1312m Vertical drop -1312m Durée 6h45 Very difficult Very difficult
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Andéol (Isère) - 38 - Isère

A vertiginous and rarely-taken loop, where you come across ibexes and chamois at every hairpin bend. Make sure you always have a helmet (ibexes love to send stones flying), as well as crampons and an ice axe until late in the season, as névés remain in place fairly long within the steep Serre-Brion couloir. It is best to start your hike early in the morning so that snow is still hard when reaching this couloir.

distance 20.66km Vertical gain +440m Vertical drop -439m Durée 6h55 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye - 38 - Isère

In the region famous for walnuts, along the tracks of the old tramway from Lyon to Saint-Marcellin and among various church buildings.
Magnificent panoramic views over the Chartreuse, Vercors and Mézenc mountain ranges.

distance 8.68km Vertical gain +638m Vertical drop -639m Durée 4h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Lans-en-Vercors - 38 - Isère

This easily accessed summit is located on a ridge between the "Vallée de la Gresse" and the Vercors plateau. It offers a breathtaking view on Belledonne, Les Rousses and a bit further Les Ecrins.

The Grand Veymont
distance 20.21km Vertical gain +943m Vertical drop -942m Durée 8h00 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Agnan-en-Vercors - 26 - Drôme

A long hike across the Vercors Highlands ("Hauts Plateaux du Vercors"), to reach the Grand Veymont. Breath-taking view of the entire Vercors massif and Mont Aiguille.

The Flaming Fountain circuit
distance 9.66km Vertical gain +417m Vertical drop -412m Durée 3h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Le Gua (Isère) - 38 - Isère

A hike that visits one of the 7 Wonders of Dauphiné.

A walk in Mandrin country
distance 12.66km Vertical gain +426m Vertical drop -425m Durée 4h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Brion (Isère) - 38 - Isère

Wind through the valleys between Brion and Saint-Michel-de-Saint-Geoirs, then climb up to the ridge where you will have 360° views of Mezenc, Pilat, the Plaine de la Bièvre, the Chartreuse, Belledone, and the Vercors.
End by walking through Mouillasson forest to get back to your vehicle.

Canyon des Gueulards
distance 8.02km Vertical gain +485m Vertical drop -478m Durée 3h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Omblèze - 26 - Drôme

A complete change of scene in this superb canyon between two narrow cliffs. An unusual place where a crevasse plunges into nowhere, with a peaceful and shady atmosphere between boulders, lichens and ferns.

For more walks, use our search engine.

The GPS track and description are the property of the author.