Hiking in the Guillestre area
The Guillestre area local authorities offers itineraries for walkers or bikers according to the level of difficulty of your choice.
The time indicated for the hike does not take into account rest time or the time needed to reach the start of the trail. Please note that some foresty roads can be used in good weather conditions, but become quickly impracticable during or following a heavy storm.
Moreover, trails are maintained every year by the technical staff of the Guillestre area local authorities. To ensure the convenience and safety of all visitors and out of respect for the environment, please take into consideration the work undertaken and stay on the marked paths.
When to follow the itineraries?
In the Guillestre area, some of the walking and cycling itineraries in the valley can be taken all year long. The area has a very pleasant mountain style climate with strong Mediterranean influences: dry, 300 days of sunshine a year with few but heavy rainfalls.
In winter: the mountain is covered with a white coat. Most of the itineraries can no longer be taken or only with great care.
In spring: the days grow longer and the first flowers start blooming at low altitude. However, some trails in the pastures can still be snow covered. Please check with professionals to see if the trails can be taken.
In summer: long, sunny days. Flowers fill the fields and woods. It is the perfect season to discover the region. However, be careful of late-afternoon storms that can be particularly violent.
Autumn: the landscapes are filled with a multitude of colours, the larches seem to be ablaze and the light is often amazing.
Before a hike
- Choose your itinerary according to your abilities (do not overestimate yourself, pace yourself) and know how to adapt it according to the difficulties encountered (increase in altitude, uneven ground, changing weather conditions…).
- Check on the weather, the markings and signposting on site.
- Let someone know your departure and expected return time as well as the itinerary you are taking. Avoid hiking alone.
- Do not rely exclusively on your mobile phone. It is not always possible to get signal in mountain areas.
Do not forget to bring
- Something to eat and drink.
- Clothes appropriate for the changing weather conditions (gloves, hat, cap, sunglasses…).
- A first-aid kit, life blanket and whistle.
- A mobile phone and the main emergency numbers.
- A detailed map.
- A compass and an altimeter to help you find your way.
- A pocket knife.
- A torch.
For a safe hike
- Get information about the sites and itineraries that are recommended to the public and their level of difficulty.
- Do not hesitate to turn back (physical problems, changing weather conditions, delay or doubts concerning the chosen itinerary).
- Be sure to wear good walking shoes (high, non-slip footwear).
- Make sure that children have appropriate equipment.
It is recommended to take a map of the region with you. Although the suggested trails are well marked, the map could be useful to reach the start of the trail: IGN TOP 25 Guillestre 3537 and IGN TOP 25 Orcières Merlette 3437.
Useful numbersMétéo France (French weather forecast): 08 92 68 02 05
Fire brigade: 18
Police station: 17
Ambulance service (SAMU): 15