Sommet Bûcher

Driving the steep road to Sommet Bûcher in the French Alps

Sommet Bûcher is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.215m (7,267ft) above the sea level, located, in the Hautes-Alpes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of France.

Set high in the French Alps, within the Queyras valley, the road to the summit is mostly paved with a few dirt parts. It has a dead end. The trail starts from the Chateau Queyras. You have to take the bridge across the river, and take right, into a narrow gorge. A 4x4 vehicle is required.

The summit hosts a communication tower. The first road to the summit was built in 1892 by the troops of Général Henri Baron Berge in order to have easier access to the peak to overview the valley. Tucked away in the south-eastern part of the country, the road to the summit is very steep, hitting a 12% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Starting at Chateau Queyras, the ascent is 13.0 km (8.07 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 858 meters. The average gradient is 6.6%.



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