Piste de Clausis, pure adventure
Piste de Clausis is a high mountain gravel road located in the Hautes-Alpes department in southeastern France in the Queyras Regional Natural Park. The road is 6.2km long.
The road to is windy and steep (with sections up to 10%), climbing up to Chapelle de Clausis, a high mountain chapel at an elevation of 2.388m (7,834 ft) above the sea level. This is a maintained road where a high clearance 2WD vehicle is able to travel safely at low speeds on long dry straight-of-ways, without losing control due to wash boarding, ruts, or dips. This gravel road can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow.
There are 2 routes to reach the chapel. Starting from Château Queiras, the ascent is 19 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1.000 meters. The average percentage is 5.3 %. And starting from Molines en Queyras, the ascent is 11.5 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 644 meters. The average percentage is 5.6 %.
Pic: Tristan Leterrier