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Location: Briançon, France, Europe

Lat/Lon: 45.06642°N / 6.51835°E

Trail Type: Mountain

County: Hautes Alpes

Technical Difficulty: Medium

Aerobic Difficulty: Easy

Layout: Loop

Elevation Gain: 800 ft / 244 m

Length: 9.0 Mi / 14.5 Km

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Page By: chaberton

Created/Edited: Sep 30, 2013 / Sep 30, 2013

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A mountain bike tour in the Valley of Claree (Hautes Alpes-France).

One of the most beautiful places on the border between France and Italy.

A world made of water (the white gold of the Alps) and the prosperous nature which of this pure water feeds.

By mountain bike to the waterfalls of Fontcouverte crossing the alpine pastures, colorful as a painter's palette by millions of flowers.

You can not lose a show so beautiful.

Grand Site National

The name Grand site de France (Major National Site) locates in France a number of places of great fame or strong symbolic charge, even for this very busy.

Because the purpose of the implementation of measures for the restoration of the natural environment and its sustainable management linked to local development, in pursuit of the Great places began in 1977.

In France there are 32 places considered "National Site" and among them only two valleys, one is the Claree Valley.

Getting There


From Italy (Bardonecchia):

Take the statal road direction Col de l'Echelle (france), once you are arrived in the Clarée Valley, take on your right directione Nevache.
After 3,5 Km you find the Nevache Park were you leave your car.

From France (Briançon):

Take the statal Road direction Hill of Montgenevre (Italy).
After five Km you have to turn on your left in the Clarée Valley.
You follow the valley road and after 8 Km you reach Nevache.

The Map

Visualizza Fontcouverte in una mappa di dimensioni maggiori

The Trail

The paved road bypasses Névache, the Lower Town and the Upper Town.

Take the direction of the "Upper Valley".

It is a high mountain road (6 Km) that climbs velocesul the right side of the valley.
You will cross a stunningly beautiful landscape, consisting of monoliths of rock on which are perched small churches and chalets.
All interspersed with beautiful grassy meadows filled with flowers (real "carpet" of colors).

We cross the chalets Fontcouverte, then we come to the bridge to Clarée Fruitière.
Continuing you reach the municipal camping.

The House Mistress...the Duck!

Immediately after the bridge, on your left, there is a chalet snack bar, from this point begins the dirt road (on the right bank of the river Claree) that in about ten minutes brings you to the high waterfall.
With some difficulty you can take the path that goes (it is steep) the waterfall.

The trail then descends along the two projections of this waterfall. It is impossible to resist the temptation to go down on the giant boulders of the waterfall, where you can observe the two water jumps.

Clarée River

From high waterfall, a trail that starts in about ten minutes it comes to the chalets of Meuille.
Arrived at the chalets, you have to turn left (you do not have to follow the signs Nevache) and descend along the orographic right bank of the river Clarée.
After the wooden bridge, part of a narrow path, that it dates from the valley and takes you quickly to the low cascade of Fontcouverte.

The Waterfall (Low)

For the return,
cross the wooden bridge of Chalets Meuille and you go back again on the road that will take you back to Nevache.

The Trail (Video)

My Explorer from chaberton on Vimeo.

Camping de Fontcouverte.

Fontcouverte Camping
Fontcouverte Camping

Camping 2
Camping 1

When to Bike

Late Spring-Summer-Early Autumn.

Regulated traffic (only for cars and campers) from 9 to 18 in July and August.


Camping 2ClaréeGrand site nationalThe Waterfall (High)The Waterfall (Low)The House Mistress...the Duck!Clarée River
The PathFontcouverte CampingCamping 1Nevache