L'Ecoutoux is clearly visible from Grenoble as a triangular summit with cliff walls climbing out of the valley of Corenc.
From the colonie de vacances at the hamlet of les Bens follow a large track to the west. There is a sign-post after 50 meters indicating l'Ecoutoux (1.5 hours), Sarcenas (45m) etc. Follow this and take the first track to the left (south) after another 50 meters. This climbs up through woodland before intersecting with the main track that leads to the summit. The track climbs a ridge but in some places is quite slippery and there are some parallel tracks in the forest, one is marked with a yellow cross. At 1220 meters the track descends a short distance before zig-zaging up the final slope to the summit. Note that on some IGN maps this is marked as a direct asecent up the ridgeline, it is not. The track is well maintained with just the occasional rocky section.
Summit with Chamchaude behind
The summit is relatively free of trees and offers a clear view of the surrounding peaks and Grenoble.
|Distance||1.9km to summit|
|Maps||IGN TOP 25 3334 OT Chartreuse Sud|
|GPS Waypoint||N 45.2530°, E 05.7578°|
|Road Access||Grenoble -> D512 -> le Sappey -> colonie des Vacances des Bens|
|Time||2 hours round trip|
L'Ecoutoux from le Sappey
Most of the walk is through a forest which is very refreshing when the weather is hot. Avoid going there when the weather is damp as the ground can be slippery. There is a proper path all the way which gets narrower towards the top. It is fairly flat all the way up save for the very end bit. When you get to the summit, the view of Grenoble and its surroundings is breathtaking. Very pleasant and fairly easy walk. We stopped for a beer and sandwich at the authentic and friendly Cafe de la Place at Le Sappey.
Contributed by gigi-lerose on the 1 August 2006
Page last modified on August 04, 2006, at 04:27 PM