The "Aulp du Seuil"

A Saint-Bernard (Isère) walk posted on 06/04/13 by GAILLOT-DREVON. Update : 02/02/18

The "Passage de l'Aulp du Seuil" ("Aulp du Seuil" passing): this hike is one of the most beautiful hikes of the Chartreuse massif.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h15[?]
Distance Distance : 4.93mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 2730ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 2710ft
Highest point Highest point : 6004ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 3478ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Alps, Chartreuse
Location Location : Saint-Bernard (Isère) (38660)
Starting point Starting point : N 45.355105° / E 5.918259°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3334OTR
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Description

Start point: car park at the "Col de Marcieu", located in the village of Saint Bernard du Touvet, in the Chartreuse massif.

Over approximately 400m take the small paved road towards Saint-Hilaire du Touvet situated 100m on the right after the pass- signs posted midway in front of the housing estate. At the end of the road, a trail heads North (gate) deeper into a wooded area; after a large loop on the left, take the path heading North on the right, cross the ski slopes and the ski lift. You get to a forest path, passing another trail and reaching screes (start of a short steep climb) topped by a fir plantation (check landmarks for the return route).

After a long walk in the South-West direction, and some twists in the forest, the path reaches a little clearing (place called "L'Alpette", altitude 1458m) which offers a breath-taking view on the vast rocky cirque where you can notice the upward path. You quickly reach the bottom of the cliff and the trail goes upward towards the cirque then climb large carved steps protected by barriers and other wooden poles for most of the path.

At the top of the cirque, a horizontal trail under a rocky canopy brings you to the Cross marking the passage, after bypassing one last mountain spur.
Take the same route back.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0
1 : mi 0.29 - alt. mi 0.29
2 : mi 0.96 - alt. mi 0.96
3 : mi 1.55 - alt. mi 1.55
D/A : mi 4.93 - alt. mi 4.93

Useful Information

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During the walk or to do/see around

From the summit (Altitude 1830m), astounding views from the "Chaine de Belledonne" to the "Mont Blanc" and on the alpine mountain pastures ("Aulp") of the "Vallon de Marcieu", finishing by the "Col de Bellefond" and the forest ("Forêt du Seuil"), all boarded by the "Lances de Malissard" and "L'Alpette" ridges.

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