Mountain pass route

Mountain pass route

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With its numerous mountain passes this trail is far from being a poor second to the well-known Ardèchoise cycling event. Perfect for a long break on an e-bike. Make sure you have enough battery.

9 points of interest

  • Panorama

    Viewing point

    Col de Juvenet viewing point
  • Small patrimony

    Stone Masks

    As you go past the church in Vaudevant glance at the apse to see its joyful little devil pulling his tongue out, seeming to make fun of you. Other enigmatic masks of this kind decorate walls of houses in the village and the whole of the area around Saint Félicien. Very often you find them on the outer walls of churches, on rich dwellings, on mission crosses or simply on walls of homes in the country villages. Of all ages and forms their presence remains rather mysterious and leads to various explanations…… even the most far-fetched ones. For fun, whimsical ideas of stone cutters, religious beliefs and superstitions dating back to our celt ancestors, symbols of protection… What do these human faces truly represent, peering at us with such distinctive expressions? Why not just let your imagination run riot. Information source : Le chemin des masques, région de Saint Félicien, association Histoire et Patrimoine
  • Vaudevant

    Mention of the village was already found during the Xlllth century. Its name would originate from « Val des Vents », « les Avents » (referring to wind) being a small hamlet situated at the top of the village. In 1090, the village became part of the town of St Félicien and joined the canons of St Barnard chapter (Romans sur Isère). However, following long negociations the village regained its autonomy in 1790.
  • Panorama

    Viewing point

    Col de Fontfreyde viewing point
  • Panorama

    Viewing point

    Splendid view overlooking the Doux Valley
  • Small patrimony

  • Panorama

    Viewing point

    Splendid view overlooking the village of Lafarre. Above, just behind the ridge, you can see the peak of the Mont Mezenc
  • Pailharès

    Pailharès was no doubt a fortified stronghold as from the Roman era. During the Carolingian period the village covered a much greater area, the border lines of which are somewhat difficult to define today. In the article about the commandery of the Antonins of Aubenas, Doctor Francus (alias Albin Mazon) mentions a commandery of « Pailharès » being part of the commandery of Aubenas. Pailharès became an enclave of Forez in 1296. The village became part of the Vivarais region during the French Revolution. In 2003 it suffered a lot of damage after a forest fire caused by lightening on the Sardier hillside. Information source : Wikipédia


Follow the small road signed up col du Marchand just right of the one going to col du Buisson and continue to col du Marchand.

1. 5,4 km Arriving at col du Marchand follow signs to Satillieu and continue to the village.

2. 14 km In the village turn right onto the D115 signed up Préaux.

3. 19 km Continue straight on on the D115 leaving the signs to Préaux on your left behind you.

4. 21 km Head towards Vaudevant keeping on the D115 to the village.

5. 26 km In the village turn right onto the small road, go past the church and as you leave the village, up towards col du Gibet past the cemetery. No directions given there.

6. 27,7 km At the T junction “Col du Gibet” turn right and join the main road, following it on the left side, down to Saint Félicien.

7. 27,9 km
At the main road, turn left and go down to Saint-Félicien.

8. 31,6 km Follow directions to Nozières and Pailharès.

9. 36 km Go 4km, turn left onto a small road signed up Royer, le Flachet, Priolat, Les prés, Taverne, La Côte Gomaure, L’Homme, Le Bosc and Le Moulinet.

10. 39 km Carry straight on ignoring the signs on each side. Go past Le Moulinet then straight on to the col de Fontfreyde. At the following crossroads, turn right and straight on towards Fontfreyde and Villeneuve.

11. 41,6 km At the junction after Fontfreyde turn right. At the pass go straight on to Nozières.

12. 46,5 km In Nozières turn right at the church corner, onto the main road signed up Lalouvesc and continue to Col du Buisson.

13. 52,5 km Once at the pass turn onto the small road C6 leading to Molières and go as far as the village.

14. 56,2 km As you enter the village turn right signed up Le Doux.

15. 57,6 km Go past Tête and carry straight on, then right at the following crossroads onto the CD336 towards Lafarre and go as far as the village.

16. 62,5 km From the village, go straight up the main road, through the village continue straight on.

17. 66,7 km At the crossroads where the D236 and D336 join up turn left signed up Lalouvesc.

18. 68,7 km Go over the Col du Faux then turn right towards Saint-Félicien then downhill to the Col du Marchand.

1. 70,7 km At the Col du Marchand turn right towards Pailharès and return on the same road where you started from.
  • Departure : Pailharès – Fountain square
  • Arrival : Pailharès – Fountain square
  • Towns crossed : Pailharès, Vaudevant, and Saint-Félicien

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