Col de la Bailletta

Col de la Bailletta

Col de la Bailletta is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.852m (9,356ft) above the sea level, located in the Tarentaise Valley, in the Savoie department (Rhône-Alpes region) in southeastern France. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Europe. 

There’s a fairly wide old military gravel road climbing up the pass, but at 2700 metres the road seems to disappear and it becomes a hiking trail. It's one of the highest mountain roads of the country.
Menacing high mountain terrain with numerous steep, rocky climbs. Large, sharp rocks require tight maneuvering, increasing the likelihood of tire damage. High clearance, skid plates and differential lockers required. No stock vehicles. A complex network of poorly defined roads makes route-finding very difficult, even following a GPS tracklog. Carry plenty of water. Never drive this trail alone. The climb starts by turning off the main road beside Lac du Chevril, in between a couple of tunnels, just below Val d’Isere. It is paved until Lac/Barrage du Saut (the 13th highest paved road in France).
Pic: pascal desgardin

 

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