Col des Champs

Col des Champs

Col des Champs is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.087m (6,847ft) above the sea level, located in the Alps in the department of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence in France. D2 and D78 are the roads to reach the summit.

The surface of the road is asphalted. The pass connects Barcelonette and the road over the Col d'Allos, joining the valleys of the Var River and the Verdon River. 

There are sheer drops virtually along the entire route and enough hairpins to make a whirling dervish dizzy. This route is not recommended if your passengers are prone to car sickness. It’s a superb, hairpinned route but the surface is awful and very bumpy. There are 2 routes to reach the summit. Starting from Saint Martin, the  ascent is 16.26 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.052 meters. The average percentage is 6.5 %. And starting from Colmars, the ascent is 12 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 842 meters. The average percentage is 7 %. 

 

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