Col du Coq

A hairpinned paved road to Col du Coq

Col du Coq is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.434m (4,704ft) above the sea level, located in the Isère department in southeastern France. The pass is traversed by the D30E road and presents some similarities to the Alpe d'Huez. It also has 21 hairpin turns.

Located in the Chartreuse Mountains, a mountain range in southeastern France, the road to the summit is paved. Comparing this climb to l'Alpe d'Huez, you can notice they are practically the same: roughly the same length, same level of steepness, same difficulty, same number of hairpin turns... Half way up are two dark tunnels that are soaking and leaking inside.

The pass has been climbed by the Tour of France bicycle race. This climb is definitely harsh and grueling. The Col du Coq was a ski micro-station close to Grenoble on the road pass of the same name. The station was located on North-West facing slopes behind the massive block of the Dent du Crolles. To reach the station skiers had to first cross the 1400 meter unsurfaced road pass and then drive down to the large car park. It closed in 2012. There are 2 routes to reach the summit. Starting from Saint Pierre de Chartreuse, the ascent is 13.6 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 549 meters. The average percentage is 4 %. And starting from Saint Nazaire les Eymes, the ascent is 12.8 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.087 meters. The average percentage is 8.5 %. 

 

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