La Tour du Merle

Champagny en Vanoise

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La Tour du Merle
Pont des Chailles ZA L'Epenay
73350 Champagny-en-Vanoise
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Set off on this beautiful trail that takes you on the north slope at 1973 m into the woods.
Starting point: Champagny le Bas - Pont des Chailles (at the Champagny exit, heading to Pralognan)
Arrival: idem
Duration: 4hrs (2:30 hrs walking uphill)

From the Chailles bridge spanning the Doron (stream), take the track that winds its way up through the forest.
After the 3rd bend, take a path on the left (sign). It crosses a brook and then joins another path above (coming from Champagny le Haut - sign "Combe de Verdon"): turn right; after a 150m-ascent, you arrive in the meadows of the Enclos du Seil.
Keep going to the left, at the junction. The path rises a little. At the next junction, turn right and go up for 100 meters to reach a small "pass" near the top of the Merle tower!
Caution, the ascent of the tower is dangerous (crumbly rock).

From there, we pass over to the other side, the steep path goes down in the forest on a 200m-drop until a crossroads. Turn right, go next to the chalet "la Golle" and join the E.D.F. trail below, which you follow to the right. At the end of it, take a path that goes down into the forest combe under the E.D.F. "window". You reach the crest of the Black Forest. Follow the path downhill to the right (heading down to Champagny), which weaves through the forest and crosses another scree slope. It joins up with a track and then a path heading back to the tarred road and to the Chailles bridge.
Prices
Free access.
Characteristic
Minimum age
7 yrs
Animals accepted
yes
Elevation gain
853 m
Distance
8.5km
Type of itinerary
Circuit
Open
From 01/05 to 01/11.

Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.

La Tour du Merle

Pont des Chailles ZA L'Epenay
73350 Champagny-en-Vanoise