Pointe de la Masse
Pointe de la Masse is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.790m (9,153ft) above the sea level, located in the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of the French Alps. It's one of the highest roads of Europe.
Located within the Massif de la Vanoise range, in the Vallée des Belleville, just south of Chambery, the road to the summit is a gravel, rough road. It’s very steep. It’s one of the highest roads of the country. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point. At the summit there are several antennas and a restaurant.
This is a great trail for experienced wheelers. 4x4 required. Stay away if you're scared of heights. Impassable from October to June. The peak is one of Les Menuires' highest points. There are many excellent photo opportunities. Don't forget your camera with lots of film/memory, fully charged batteries and an empty memory card! The Masse summit offers an incredible 360° panorama, breath-taking panoramic views of the Vanoise national park (including the Tarentaise and Maurienne valleys), Mont-Blanc, the Swiss and Italian Alps, and even the Ecrins, the southern Alps which stretch to the back-country of Nice.
Pic: Bertrand L