Passage de la Petite Clue is a short balcony road located in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France. It was totally closed to motor vehicles after the construction of a tunnel.
Part of the old D-28 road, this narrow piece of asphalt was bypassed by a tunnel, called Tunnel de la Petite Clue. Located in the Mercantour national park, the road is very narrow, totally impassable for 2 cars at the same time. Along the way, it’s possible to admire the landscape with the colors and forms carved in the red-blood rock: the stream below and its small waterfalls and natural sculptures.
The road starts on the parking just before the tunnel. It's 457.71 m (1,501.66 ft) long. The deep gorge carved through the mountains by the River Cians is made all the more spectacular by the deep red of the exposed rock. The road is asphalted but has an extreme danger of landslides and rock falls. It's one of the famous French balcony roads. A balcony road is a hair-raising lane cut into the sides of sheer cliffs. It’s a kind of road not for those who fear heights. There is little room for error on these roads. It’s normal for your palms to sweat looking at those photos, imagine what it must have been like before the barriers.
Pic&video: Emmanuel Bechu