Les Oriols (trail route no. 9)

Les Oriols (trail route no. 9)

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This loops offers insights into rural life as well as astonishing views, and you can also take in high-alpine landscapes!

This trail offers not only a magnificent view over the majestic Mont Pelvoux, but also a discovery of the high-mountain hamlets where a pastoral way of life continues to this day. Was that a high-pitched whistle? Keep your eyes peeled, the iconic marmot must be nearby! 


Starting from the hamlet of Sainte-Marguerite, head uphill towards L'Oriol de Sainte-Marguerite. 

  1. At the intersection, turn left and carry on along the track until you come to L'Oriol de Sainte-Marguerite. 
  2. At L'Oriol de Sainte-Marguerite, after the chapel, take the track on the right and continue straight on until you come to L'Oriol de Queyrières. 
  3. Here, take the path on the right which takes you to a short section of sharp scree, which you need to cross. 
  4. Take the path on the left to drop downhill through a forest to the hamlet of Sainte-Marguerite.
  5. Take the track on the right to continue the descent and then back to your starting point.  
  • Departure : Hamlet of Sainte-Marguerite, Saint-Martin-de-Queyrières
  • Arrival : Hamlet of Sainte-Marguerite, Saint-Martin-de-Queyrières
  • Towns crossed : Saint-Martin-de-Queyrières and La Roche-de-Rame

1 point of interest

  • History

    The hamlet of Sainte-Marguerite

    Saint-Martin-de-Queyrières is a municipality located in the historic Briançonnais area, higher up from Pertuis-Rostan (the former name of Sainte-Marguerite) which was once the border between the Briançonnais area and the Embrunais area. The local people (the Saint-Martinous) are divided between Saint-Martin and the various surrounding hamlets such as Sainte-Marguerite, which stands at an altitude of 1,200 metres. It is possible to reach Sainte-Marguerite via the Travers de Queyrières, which used to be very difficult to cross. The Chapel of Saint-Marguerite stands in this hamlet. It dates from the late fifteenth or early sixteenth century.


Altimetric profile


Before setting off, it is very important to check the opening periods for this route on the website: https://stationdetrail.com/fr/stations/le-pays-des-ecrins/parcours

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Check weather conditions before setting off.

Rescue services contact details: Secours Montagne (Mountain Rescue): +33 (0)4 92 22 22 22 or 112 

Show consideration for the work of farmers, livestock keepers and owners

Close all gates behind you

Take your litter home

Do not take shortcuts across pastureland

The trail routes are also suitable for walking

Information desks

Vallouise Park house

, 05290 Vallouise

http://www.ecrins-parcnational.fr/vallouise@ecrins-parcnational.fr04 92 23 58 08

Information, documentation, models, exhibitions, screenings, product sales and works of the Park. Guided tours for school, reservation required. The new Park House opened in Vallouise since June 1, and offers visitors an interactive permanent exhibition inviting to explore the area and its heritage. A temporary exhibition space will allow a renewed offer. Finally, the device is completed by an audiovisual room to organize screenings and conferences Free admission. All animations of the Park are free unless otherwise stated.

Find out more

23 Avenue de la République, 05120 L'Argentière-La Bessée

https://www.paysdesecrins.com/contact@paysdesecrins.com+33(0)4 92 23 03 11


Public transports >> www.pacamobilite.fr

Consider car-sharing >> www.blablacar.fr

For more information, ask at the Tourist Information Office nearest to the trail starting point. 

Access and parking

7 km from L'Argentière-La Bessée, take the N94.

Parking :

Car park in the hamlet of Sainte-Marguerite, Saint-Martin-de-Queyrières

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