Rando Guillestrois

Lauzet - Le Col Garnier par le Lac du Lauzet

6 h 20
Duration
Medium
Medium
Loop
Loop
17 km
Total Length
900 m
Ascent
900 m
Descent
Uses
  • Pedestrian

Departure : Hameau des Grangettes → Arrival : Hameau des Grangettes

This trail gives you a wonderful view over the valley of the Vallouise as well as the famous Écrins and Pelvoux summits. After reaching the Lauzet Lake, continue your hiking toward the col Garnier. You will catch sight of the lands of the Queyras and the gorgeous high pasture chalets of Furfande.

After the last houses of the Grangettes, stay on the trail for 500 m. The itinerary starts just before the hairpin bend to the right on a trail crossing over the torrent. Walk along the mountainside and the small "bois noir" canal (dark wood canal) that goes to the right. After about 100 m, the canal goes under the growth of the larch forest. The trail goes to the left in a right-angle bend over the second footbridge of the canal. The path becomes quite steep from here. Ahead, you will cross over the footbridge over the Lauzet stream. After walking across a clearing, the path meanders on a rockier area. Climb alongside the torrent and cross over it one more time to change sides and reach the Lauzet hut. From there, take the trail that goes all the way to the edge of the lake. Keep heading towards the col of the Lauzet and descends slowly towards the Valette hut. Leave the trail while following the "drailles" (erosion caused by the repetitive passing of sheep) on the left to cross a small col and go back to the GR 541. Follow this one and walk along the stony side. Then, climb up the pasture to the col Garnier. The trail leads down to the junction where the GR 541 splits into two on the right toward the chalets of Furfande. You can catch sight of them on the mountainside. Take the left trail going up across the grass before crossing a zone of scree under the Pic des Chalanches. You will reach the col St Antoine. The trail goes to the right alongside the slope that is quite steep for a few meters. Then, it gradually goes down to the edge of the lake. You will return to the departure point by the same path as on the way up to the lake.

Variant

You can choose do just a round trip to the Lauzet lake, if you wish to (see the itinerary with the same name).

Topoguide

"HIKING, On foot in the Guillestrois – Great WALKS" - Guidebook sold in tourism offices in the area.

Access

To reach the hamlet of the Grangettes, first, you have to reach the village of Saint-Crépin by the RN94. Then, head towards Villaron Haut -D738) and to the Villard, 3 km further up the road. The trail then follows a lengthy path (5.5 km) and reaches the Grangettes. Once you reach the Grangettes, keep on the trail for 500 m and park before the bend, on the few available parking spots. The itinerary starts on the right before the hairpin bend. If no parking spot is available here, park at the hamlet of the Grangettes, near the picnic tables.

Clic for map interaction

On the way...
water
Canal du Bois Noir

Les Grangettes s’étirent au soleil de l’adret, au milieu de l’herbe courte et des pins. En vis à vis, l’ubac attire par des havres de fraîcheur des mélèzes immenses et le rideau d’écume d’une cascade descendant du lac du Lauzet. Juste en dessous de l’à pic où se fracasse l’eau, un barrage de pierres alignées oblige une partie de l’eau à suivre un chenal : c’est le canal du bois noir. Il s’en va arroser les prés du Villard dans l’autre vallée, face à la Durance. Le tracé est téméraire, lié à la nature sauvage et incontrôlable : à cause des écoulements de terre, il a fallu en tapisser de lauzes le fond et les côtés. L’histoire fourmille d’anecdotes sur les travaux de réparation et d’entretien pour la survie de cet ouvrage : du transport des bourneaux de mélèze à dos de mulet jusqu’à plus récemment l’héliportage et l’utilisation de buses en PVC.

Altitude profile

Altitude (m)

Min : 1700 m - Max : 2600 m

Distance (m)

 

Advices

Shared itinerary: a part of the trail is also part of a mountain bike circuit.

See also

Markings
  • Marks PR - Yellow PR - Yellow