A narrow road to Col de l’Espaul in the Mercantour

Col de l’Espaul is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.752m (5,748ft) above the sea level, located in the Alpes-Maritimes department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in France.

Col de l’Espaul

Can I drive to Col de l’Espaul in the Mercantour?

Set high at the southeastern part of the country, in the Mercantour Massif, the road to the summit is paved (in poor condition), narrow and steep, hitting a 10% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. It is called Route de la Colle. The pass was asphalted since they built a golf course at the location.

How long is Col de l’Espaul?

Tucked away in the Mercantour National Park, the road to the summit is 2.9km (1.80 miles) long starting at Rue Saint-Jean of Péone. At the summit is a big parking lot.