The Sentier des Pyramides - The Pyramids Path

The Sentier des Pyramides - The Pyramids Path

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This trail forms a loop, passing through some very varied environments with beautiful views over the Lac de Serre Ponçon and over the mountain cirques of Bragousse and Morgon.
«Near the path, there is a magnificent colony of several hundred Lady's-slipper orchids. But it is not the only orchid to be found along this route: Yellow coralroot, Common spotted orchid, Fragrant orchid, Lesser butterfly-orchid, Dark red helleborine can all be found here to the delight of orchid lovers»
Bouche Michel, park ranger


From the car park, beyond the water fountain (now protected by a grille, but it is possible to access the water lower down) follow a route marked by two red and yellow dashes. From the two belvederes you can admire the view over Embrun and over the cirque of the mountain stream Le Colombier, with its dolomite towers.
Then, take the path running downhill to cross the mountain stream Le Colombier, before rising uphill through the forest again. Join the uphill track and follow it to the first sharp bend. Take the path running along the edge of the valley floor to the car park in Grand Clos.
Then follow the Le Morgon route as far as the Portes de Morgon.
Take one of the two paths on the left which join above the lake, so as to climb diagonally up the slope to the Col de la Baisse. The route is then marked by yellow dots on a white background.
From the pass, it is possible to reach the Pic de Charance, making a there-and-back detour: allow 1 hour 30 minutes. (1h30)
Take the path running along the hillside below the Pic de Charance, partly through the forest and a beautiful colony of alpine columbine. Finally, go down the path, avoiding the steeper forest tracks until you reach the Fontaine de l'Ours car park.
  • Departure : Fontaine de l'Ours car park
  • Arrival : Fontaine de l'Ours car park
  • Towns crossed : Crots and Savines-le-Lac

4 points of interest

  • Fauna


    Deer are abundant in the forest of Boscodon but since they are forest-dwellers by nature it is difficult to spot them, although a few clues may betray their presence. Maybe the heart-shaped imprints of their delicate hooves or tree trunks with their bark stripped away by the rubbing of a young buck's antlers to remove the last shreds of velvet. You might also see them in a clearing.
  • Fauna

    Black Grouse

    In Springtime, the male, whose black feathers and lyre shaped tail contrast with its white rump, make spectacular displays to attract the females. Between the larches and junipers, in the high grass is favourable environment for these birds to reproduce, but we have to take in to account the flocks of sheep and the progressive end of this kind of environment.

  • Fauna


    Early in the morning and late in the evening, the chamois come to graze around the Tête de la Vieille, du Pic de Charance or on the other side of the Pic Jean Martin on the edge of the cirque de Bragousse. This emblematic Alpine animal has a particularly well developed sense of smell and hearing which makes it difficult to approach it. So it is easier to observe it through binoculars... which also preserves its tranquility!

  • Flora

    Forest flora

    In the forest, there are a few colonies of Lady's-slipper orchids (also known in French as "sabot de Venus" or Venus' slipper), a species that is as brilliant as it is rare. Please do not pick any of them, so as to protect them and allow others to enjoy them. There is also the very diminutive moss, Buxbaumia viridis or green shield-moss, on decomposing stumps. 


Altimetric profile

Sensitive areas

Along your trek, you will go through sensitive areas related to the presence of a specific species or environment. In these areas, an appropriate behaviour allows to contribute to their preservation. For detailed information, specific forms are accessible for each area.

Golden eagle

Impacted practices:
Aerial, , Vertical
Sensitivity periods:
Parc National des Écrins
Julien Charron


The circuit can be completed in either direction, but it makes more sense to start with the Sentier des Pyramides and then to finish with the descent down the Sentier de Charance.
By municipal order, dogs are not allowed in the Cirque de Morgon from 15 June to 15 July and from 15 August to 15 September.
Herd protection dogs

In mountain pastures, protection dogs are there to protect the herds from predators (wolves, etc.).

When I hike I adapt my behavior by going around the herd and pausing for the dog to identify me.

Find out more about the actions to adopt with the article "Protection dogs: a context and actions to adopt".
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Information desks

Maison du Parc de l'Embrunais

Place de l’Église, 05380 Châteauroux-les-Alpes 92 43 23 31

Information, documentation, exhibition, screenings, products and books of the Park. Accessible to people with reduced mobility. Free admission. All animations of the Park are free unless otherwise stated.

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Access and parking

Between Crots and Savines, from the N94 head towards the Abbaye de Boscadon on the alluvial cone of the same name. Continue straight ahead after the abbey and then take the paved track on the left at the crossroads. Carry on uphill for 5 kilometres until you come to the Fontaine de l'Ours car park

Parking :

Fontaine de l'Ours car park


Parc national des Ecrins

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