Rando Guillestrois

Risoul via the Penon Ridge

3 h 30
Duration
Very difficult
Very difficult
Loop
Loop
21.5 km
Total Length
1360 m
Ascent
-1361 m
Descent
Uses
  • Mountain bike

Departure : Risoul 1850 - Office de tourisme → Arrival : Risoul 1850 - Office de tourisme

A beautiful itinerary that offers a breathtaking view of the Durance valley as well as a superb, fairly technical descent! A circuit, either starting from Risoul or from the Plan de Phasy in the Durance valley.

From the Risoul tourism office, follow the forestry road towards the Pré du Laus lake that heads to the west from the last buildings at the top of the resort. This pleasant route climbs up through the larch forest, then leads to the Pré du Laus lake before descending slightly to the sheleter between the Martinat and Penons ridges. A magnificent landscape of the Durance valley, the Embrun area and even the Serre Ponçon lake can be seen. Take the trail after the shelter. It follows the Pénon ridge then plunges into the forest. After several bends, it leads to a skid trail that you will need to follow to reach the descent. The path becomes narrower again and forks to the left. This pleasant descent through the larch forest is not difficult and arrives above the hamlet of Barbein. Just before the houses, take the Plan de Phasy path immediately to the left. The path continues downhill through old meadows and then becomes rocky and more technical. The itinerary ends above the rotunda and the warm water springs of Plan de Phasy: it is possible to do a quick return trip there. Follow the path behind the last houses of Plan du Phasy and take the trail towards the electrical substation. Turn right and follow the tarmacked road for several metres then right again on the path towards Les Chauvets. Then follow the main road as far as the town hall crossroads. Go up to the left of the town hall towards Le Collet. From Le Collet, take the forestry trail known as the old Risoul road that climbs back up to the resort.

Variant

From Le Plan de Phasy : Follow the path behind the last houses of Plan de Phasy and take the trail towards the electrical substation. Turn right and follow the tarmacked road for several metres then right again on the path towards Les Chauvets. Then follow the main road as far as the town hall crossroads. Go up to the left of the town hall towards Le Collet. From Le Collet, take the forestry trail known as the old Risoul road that climbs back up to the resort.. Go to the tourism office. Follow the forestry road towards the Pré du Laus lake that heads to the west from the last buildigs at the top of the resort. This pleasant route climbs up through the larch forest, then leads to the Pré du Laus lake before descending slightly to the sheleter between the Martinat and Penons ridges. A magnificent landscape of the Durance valley, the Embrun area and even the Serre Ponçon lake can be seen. Take the trail after the shelter. It follows the Pénon ridge then plunges into the forest. After several bends, it leads to a skid trail that you will need to follow to reach the descent. The path becomes narrower again and forks to the left. This pleasant descent, through the larch forest, is not difficult and arrives above the hamlet of Barbein. Just before the houses, take the Plan de Phasy path immediately to the left. The path continues downhill through old meadows and then becomes rocky and more technical. The itinerary ends above the rotunda and the warm water springs of Plan de Phasy.

Topoguide

Map of mountain bike trails Guillestrois

Transport

Road access

Access

Risoul 1850 - Tourist officer

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On the way...
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risoul station 1851

The 1850 Risoul Ski Station was built in 1971 on the heights of Risoul, where the highest piste starts at 2457 metres altitude. Nowadays, the station welcomes skiers in the winter, and in the summer, the pistes are transformed into alpine meadows where cattle and sheep graze !

rural
The Green Stone

From the 11th to the 19th century, Guillestre and Risoul were very closely linked, so a careful system had to be put in place to manage their common interests. The charter of 1329 stipulated that joint consuls from opposing villages were to be elected to wield their authority over both. The heads of households voted for the consuls. According to local tradition, the meeting between the consuls took place at the Green Stone, the municipal boundary between Risoul and Guillestre. The French Revolution changed this local administrative organisation by adopting the same methods for the whole of France. The Escartons, charters and other local organisations all disappeared. Historical truth or a mere legend? The Green Stone symbolises an original way of practicing local democracy, and the close links between the people of Guillestre and Risoul.

Altitude profile

Altitude (m)

Min : 910 m - Max : 2033 m

Distance (m)