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Best trails in Écrins National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Écrins National Park, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur? AllTrails has 155 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 104 hard trails in Écrins National Park ranging from 1.5 to 231.5 miles and from 1,912 to 12,119 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

The Ecrins National Park was established in 1963. The park is located in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur regions, in the French Alps, between the Mercantour national park and the national park Vanoise. The Ecrins National Park is made up of two areas called the “heart of the park” (91,800 ha) and the “adherence area” (178,400 ha). While the heart of the park is strictly protected by law, the area of compliance with the more flexible regulations benefits from economic, social and cultural investments which aim to preserve the heart of the park by curbing the rural exodus while promoting tourism in the region. It is a high mountain national park. The heart of the national park has an altitude ranging from 1,800 meters to 4,102 meters (La Barre des Écrins). Its landscapes consist of high mountains on which many glaciers remain, but also penetrated by valleys opening onto wide passes. The rich fauna of the park includes: ibex, chamoix, marmots, raptors including the golden eagle, many invertebrates and also other birds, invertebrates and rodents. Regarding the flora, the Ecrins National Park has about 2,000 plant species.

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Map of trails in Écrins National Park
Park information
Acreage:
229,808 acres
Contact
04 92 40 20 10
Top trails (155)
#1 - Chambran - Lac de l'Eychauda
Écrins National Park
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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 - Brèche Pierre Etienne via Glacier Blanc
Écrins National Park
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 5 h 34 m
This hike in the heart of the Ecrins National Park leaves from the Refuge Cézanne and leads you to the Brèche Pierre Etienne via the White Glacier. Magnificent panoramic views on the horizon.Show more
#3 - Le Grand Lac
Écrins National Park
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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 - Le Lac du Lauvitel
Écrins National Park
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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
#5 - Saut du Laire
Écrins National Park
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 52 m
#6 - Refuge du Sélé depuis Camping d'Ailefroide
Écrins National Park
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 3 h 42 m
#7 - Narreyroux
Écrins National Park
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
#8 - Pic de Morgon
Écrins National Park
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 4 h 10 m
#9 - Glacier Noir
Écrins National Park
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 3 h 42 m
#10 - Gîte de la Pinée - Cascade de la Pisse
Écrins National Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 9 m
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