Col de l’Echarasson, a classic road trip in southeastern France

Col de l’Echarasson is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.146m (3,759ft) above the sea level, located in the Drôme department in southeastern France.

Col de l’Echarasson
Col de l’Echarasson

The road to the summit is paved, narrow, and pretty steep. It has been climbed by the Tour de France race. Starting from Saint Jean en Royans, the ascent is 11.94 km long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 891 m with an average gradient of 7.46%. The maximum slope is 8.0%. Open to traffic throughout the year, may be closed for short periods in winter when the weather is bad. The pass is located close to the infamous Combe Laval Road.