A historic road to Col des Gondrans
Col des Gondrans is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.347m (7,700ft) above the sea level, located in the Hautes-Alpes department in southeastern France.
The road to the pass is asphalted, but the pass is situated at the point where the tarmac ends. The road continues beyoind on a 4x4 trail. The road to the summit is usually closed in winters, it's very narrow and features some tunnels.
The drive is definitely worth it. Don’t forget your camera! There are very good views around the top over the Briançon area and the forts, and also of the Janus fort still higher up (which one could visit for even grander views). The pass is located near the famous Col d’Izoard, at 2.360m above the sea level.
Starting from Briançon, the ascent is 16.2 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1137 m. The average percentage is 7.02%. The maximum slope is 10.1 %.
Pic: Tierney White