The Flaming Fountain circuit

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

Technical sheet
A Le Gua (Isère) walk posted on 14/11/13 by bernardino. Update : 02/05/17
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h45[?]
Distance Distance : 9.66km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 417m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 412m
Highest point Highest point : 733m
Lowest point Lowest point : 421m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Alps, Vercors
Location Location : Le Gua (Isère) (38450)
Starting point Starting point : N 44.999907° / E 5.629625°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3236OTR
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Park in the car park of Saint Barthélémy du Gua, at a crossroads of Route du Col de l’Arzelier.

Go onto the road opposite 200 m on Route du Col de Arzelier. Leave it to take the wide track on the left (1) leading to the village of Pierre. At the village entrance, turn left and head slightly downhill to reach the D8.
Stay on this road and turning right, take the path down to the Flaming Fountain (2).
Back at the turn, follow the road to the village of Miribel Lanchâtre.
Leave the D8 by the left (sign: A physically demanding route), then left again 100 m further on (3). This trail with Vercors-style green and yellow markings, remains level before starting on a good downhill stretch to the hamlet of Garin Essart (4).
Do not cross the bridge over the Gresse. Stay on the left bank then undertake the ascent to Saint Barthélémy on a green and yellow marked trail that starts on the left at the bridge.
Ignore a path on the left and at the next intersection, turn left, then immediately right.
Reach the D8 at the entrance to the village and turn right to reach the starting point at the car park (5).

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 0.64 - alt. km 0.64
2 : km 2.35 - alt. km 2.35
3 : km 2.57 - alt. km 2.57 - The Flaming Fountain
4 : km 4.21 - alt. km 4.21 - Miribel Lanchâtre. Junction of the more demanding
5 : km 7.46 - alt. km 7.46 - Essart Garin
D/A : km 9.66 - alt. km 9.66

Useful Information

No water, no shelter on this route.
The Flaming Fountain is a feature of this area. The gas coming out in places above the water course are flammable, which gives this place its magic.
A space has been set up along the water, with the welcoming name Verdant de Cassoulet, and in the middle of the space, the flame burns continuously.

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

Flaming Fountain is one of the 7 Wonders of Dauphiné. There remains 6 to mention:
Mont Aiguille,
Cuves de Sassenage,
Grottes de la Balme caves
La Pierre Percée
Tour Sans Venin,
Lesdiguières bridge in Claix.

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