Discovery

The 5 most beautiful walks around Serre-Ponçon

©ceroni_nicolas
'' We've put together this selection of the 5 most beautiful hikes around Lac de Serre-Ponçon. The choice wasn't easy, believe us, and there was something for everyone. In all cases, you'll discover unspoilt nature, grandiose landscapes and a unique sense of freedom... The Serre-Ponçon region opens its doors to you, so let yourself be guided!

Le Pic de Morgon

The classic Serre-Ponçon summit. From its 2324m altitude, and thanks to its ideal location, it offers an exceptional panorama, if not the finest, over the whole of Lac de Serre-Ponçon. In the early morning or at the end of the day, your reward for the few hours' walk up the mountain will be a dazzling spectacle of unique colors, depending on the time of day and the season... to put on your vacation "to do list".

  • Period: Mid-May to end of October, but beware of snow already or still present at the beginning or end of the season.
  • Walking time: 4h round trip
  • Ascent: 734m

Consult the detailed fact sheet here

 

The Naturographer

The Pisse waterfall

The most beautiful and majestic waterfall around Lac de Serre-Ponçon. At the entrance to the Parc national des Ecrins, in the Rabioux valley at Châteauroux-les-Alpes, the torrent du Distroit cascades over 100 metres down huge cliffs. The 40-metre-high waterfall offers a refreshing break on this medium-difficulty hike. Be sure to keep your head up, as birds of prey can be seen soaring overhead.

  • Period: Mid-April to early December.
  • Walking time: 3-hour loop
  • Height difference: 349m

Consult the detailed fact sheet here

Le Naturographe

The Fairy Trail and the Razis waterfall

The ultimate family hike. In a poetic, dreamlike atmosphere, follow this trail dotted with Land'Art-style works of art in a valley that will surprise you with its beauty every step of the way. The Razis waterfall, just above the shepherd's hut that has been converted into a work of art, offers a wonderful reward in the middle of the trail, where you can spend the night with your head in the stars...

  • Period: Early May to late November. Beware of snow already or still present at the beginning or end of the season.
  • Walking time: 2h30 loop
  • Height difference: 343m

Consult the detailed fact sheet here

LEVITAS-E@Pedro-Marzorati

The Aiguilles de Chabrières

At an altitude of 2403m, the Aiguilles de Chabrières look like the Dolomites, dominating the Serre-Ponçon lake and the Réallon ski resort. From the ridges, or from the summit for the more experienced, the panorama is grandiose. From the first peaks of the Parc national des Écrins, to Lac de Serre-Ponçon and the Gapençais basin. On a clear day, you can also see Mont Ventoux, the giant of Provence.
Tip: in July and August, the panoramic chairlifts at Réallon provide quick, effortless access to the crests and an orientation table at 2150m altitude.

  • Period: Early May to late November. Beware of snow already or still present at the beginning or end of the season.
  • Walking time: 4h30 loop
  • Ascent: 849m

Consult the detailed fact sheet here

©Norman.Lancelot

The Curattes trail

A lovely family hike along the turquoise waters of Lac de Serre-Ponçon. Tempting, isn't it? Varied landscapes, shady passages and a beautiful panorama of Lac de Serre-Ponçon. You'll overlook Baie Saint-Michel and its chapel, dominated by the majestic Pic de Morgon. From mid-June to mid-September, don't hesitate to bring your bathing suit and towels for a refreshing dip on the Baie Saint-Michel beach.

  • Period: All year round
  • Walking time: 3-hour loop
  • Height difference: 300 m

Consult the detailed fact sheet here

IMG_20200524_112100-02

Before setting off on a mountain hike:

  • Check the Hautes-Alpes weather forecast: +33 (0)8 99 71 02 05
  • Let your family and hosts know about your itinerary.
  • Equip yourself with: good walking shoes, warm waterproof clothing, sunglasses, hats, water bottles, snacks and sun cream.
  • Don't take shortcuts; leaving a trail is the best way to get lost.
  • We strongly advise you to bring an IGN TOP 25 map Ref.3438 ET, 3437 ET, 3538 ET.

So that everyone can enjoy the beauty that nature has to offer, let's respect it!