The Vercors regional nature reserve.
The Arzelier Pass- the two sisters.
What could be
more soothing on a fine Autumn day than to leave Grenoble and head for
the Vercors, but by the south. Taking the Vif direction and then, on
the exit towards Monestier
de Clermont, take Miribel Lanchâtre. At Saint Barthelemy, head for
Prélenfrey and Col de l'Arzelier. Park next to the ski-lift.
Now you are in a different world only twenty or so miles from the Isère
county town. Here you can get to the Vercors plateau by the 'Col des
deux sœurs' or the 'Pas de la Balme' for sporting types.
Here we will happily go for a family walk to the bottom of the Two
Click on the image to get an enlargement(with F11 it's bigger)!
01-The Two Sisters (2056 m), Agathe to the south and Sophie to the
north as seen from the Arzelier Pass.
02- Spikes of faded yellow Gentiane.
04- The path begins in the forest.
05- Then suddenly the footpath comes to a meadow with a lovely view
06- The path continues on a slope towards the Two Sisters. One of them
is hidden by the forest.
08- A communications aerial and the arrival of the Col de l'Arzelier
09- The southern heights of the Vercors, the 'La Balme' ridge
and, by a breach,the passage 'la Balme'.
10- Lovely view towards the south across the Château Bernard
valley, then Pey Bousou and the Needle Mountain(le Mont Aiguille).
11- View across the Château Bernard valley, the Barnière Woods, the Ras
and Crose woods. Infront of neverending ridges.
12- Belle vue des roches des Deux Sœurs. Les couleurs de l'automne
accentuées par le coucher du soleil.
13- Before leaving, our final reward: a breathtaking view to the south
and the Needle Mountain(le Mont Aiguille).
©Trevor Hornsby/Slip Sliding 2006-2013