Col du Granon

The wild road to Col du Granon in the French Alps

Col du Granon is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.413m (7,916ft) 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, the narrow road to the summit is totally paved, but winding, curvy, and steep. It’s called D234T road. Every kilometer there is a sign with the percentage. Despite being a pass, there's only one side paved (southern). The other side of the pass is a dirt track.
The road to the summit is very steep, hitting a 13.0% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Starting at Saint-Chaffrey, the ascent is 10.5 km (6.52 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 975 meters. The average gradient is 9.28%.

Tucked away on the southeastern part of the country, the pass has been featured on the Tour de France race. The summit hosts a bar-restaurant, military constructions and a big parking lot. The pass is the starting point for Col de Barteaux, Col de Cibières and Porte de Cristol.

 

 

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