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Best lake trails in Parc national des Écrins, France

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Explore the most popular lake trails in Parc national des Écrins with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of lake trails in Parc national des Écrins, France
Park information
Acreage:
229,808 acres
Contact
04 92 40 20 10
Top trails (86)
#1 - Chambran - Lac de l'Eychauda
Parc national des Écrins
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Length: 6.6 mi • Est. 4 h 31 m
Lake Eychauda is a mountain lake located at an altitude of 2,514 m, in the central area of the Ecrins National Park, in the French department of Hautes-Alpes in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. This alpine lake is located at the foot of the crests of Grangettes and the dome of Monêtier (3,404 m). It is one of the three largest lakes in the Ecrins massif. In a mineral and glacial environment, Lake Eychauda is a glacial lake, that is to say that it thaws only a few months a year and has a very short summer period of organic production. It was hollowed out by the Séguret Foran glacier, and appeared during the glacial retreat, like the lakes of Rouies, the glacier of Arsine, and the Quirlies. It is fed by the Oules torrent.Show more
#2 - Le Lac du Lauvitel
Parc national des Écrins
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 2 h 39 m
The Lake Lauvitel hike is a trail that leads you to the lake. Lake Lauvitel is a lake located at 1530 meters above sea level. It is considered the largest lake in the Massif des Ecrins (Isère). It is only accessible by hiking and has been a nature reserve since 1995.Show more
#3 - Le Grand Lac
Parc national des Écrins
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 3 h 44 m
This ball trail is quite difficult and can be done in both directions. If you hike the trail clockwise (which you should), you will walk on a very steep hill with lots of pebbles - and at the top, just before reaching the lake, you will have to do some trekking. 'escalade (a steel wire attached to the cliff). The warning sign at the start of the trail tells you that this trail is not for beginners. It's a difficult trail. You must have your shoes, water and endurance in order. If you take the path in the other direction, you will start with the easy part before you can descend this steep hill. Lots of people seem to hike the trail counterclockwise, stop near the beautiful lake - and come back as they got home. Whether you make the whole trip or just a part of it, you admire incredible views, changing landscapes with jagged rocks and meadows, marmots, flowers everywhere (at least in July), vultures rising above and space for everyone.Show more
#4 - Tête d'Oréac and Lac des Hermes
Parc national des Écrins
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 2 h 12 m
#5 - Refuge du Pigeonnier and Lac du Lauzon
Parc national des Écrins
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 3 h 53 m
Note: As of July 2020, this full loop cannot be completed however majority of this trail is still accessible. Please check with the park page for more information. This hike offers a nice discovery of the Valgaudemar landscape (waterfalls, views, panoramas, etc.). Do not hesitate to relax by the lake.Show more
#6 - GR50: Tour du Parc National des Ecrins
Parc national des Écrins
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Length: 231.5 mi • Est. Multi-day
The GR50 long-distance footpath (also called the Ecrins National Park tour) makes a large loop around the Ecrins National Park. Unlike the GR54, this loop does not enter the heart of the park. Allow 10 to 15 days to cover it. You can stop at the many shelters along the way.Show more
#7 - Refuge du Pigeonnier, Lac Lauzon
Parc national des Écrins
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 4 h 34 m
#8 - Pic de Pétarel and Lacs de Pétarel
Parc national des Écrins
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 6 h 34 m
This hike starts from the village of Les Portes (park before the village). This hike allows you to discover the lakes of Petarel and enjoy the view of the surrounding peaks (Olan, Vieux Chaillol). The trail runs on a balcony for about 2.5 km before attacking the climb to the lakes. Then we go up to the Pétarel pass then we reach the Beranne pass. Enjoy the view to the south (old chaillol). Go down towards the old shuttle village. The trace reveals a variant towards the buchardet waterfall.Show more
#9 - Réallon - Chalets de Vaucluse
Parc national des Écrins
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 3 h 1 m
#10 - Col de la Cayolle
Parc national des Écrins
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 3 h 16 m
The Cayolle pass is a pass located at 2326 m above sea level and is at the border between the departments of Alpes-Maritimes and Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. During the beautiful summer months, it provides the road link between the Ubaye valley to the north and the Var valley to the south. The ride is superb, with lakes and panoramas on the course. Open your eyes with a little luck and you will see marmots and chamois.Show more
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