Hiking: Raiders Lost on the Arch

Mon, 27 October 2014


Distance: 6.5 km

Trip Reports

Vertical Climbed: 700 meters (2,297 feet)


Day of exploration for the Tot and I. We decided to have a look at the Pas de l'Arche. It was fairly easy to find and the small arch complex is interesting to visit. We didn't go to the cave. It is cool that such a well explored mountain so close to Grenoble still has secrets. This route was only described in 2009, although it was known to locals before.

After the arch we wanted to climb via the Pas de Lapin which I'd skied in the winter but looking from the bottom we thought it might be a bit technical without a short rope so traversed to the normal route to climb to the ridge near the Breche Arnaud for a pic-nic. We'll come back to the Rampe de l'Ecureuil another time. It would certainly make an interesting variant as part of a tour of the Chartreuse.

Route Taken: After the Arch passage we climbed via the normal route

Weather: Sunny, 21C

Country: France Area: Chartreuse Trailhead: Col De Porte



Humid in the shade, care needed after the Arch passage on the steep, grassy slopes.