Pré de Madame Carle

A lonely narrow road to Pré de Madame Carle

Pré de Madame Carle is a natural site at an elevation of 1.879m (6,164ft) above the sea level, located in the Hautes-Alpes department in southeastern France.

Situated in the Ecrins National Park, the road to the summit is called D204T. It’s paved but pretty narrow and steep, with sections up to 10.5%. At the summit there’s a mountain refuge, called Chalet Le Pré de Madame Carle. The road ends at a large car park. It’s the beginning of the walk path to the Glacier Blanc.

Starting from the town of Vallouise, at 1.163m above the sea level, the ascent is 13.4km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 716 meters. The average percentage is 5.34%. The road to the summit was built in 1938. Check conditions beforehand, particularly regarding avalanches. Depending on the snow cover, the road may be closed.