Le Poux circuit (no. 1)

Le Poux circuit (no. 1)

History and architecture
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Running above the municipality of Saint-Martin-de-Queyrières, this circuit offers a tranquil, simple walk along easy, accessible paths.
This mountain bike route invites you on a discovery of one of the key climbing sites in the Pays des Écrins, called the Rocher Baron. You will then pass through two small hamlets in the municipality of Saint-Martin-de-Queyrières, both built around their alpine pasture chapel. Both villages stand on the banks of the mountain stream which has shaped the Saint-Sébastien valley. The circuit ends with a descent through a conifer forest overlooking the municipality.


As you leave the car park of the mayor's office ("Mairie") in Saint-Martin-de-Queyrières, turn left.

  1. After crossing the Saint-Sébastien mountain stream, head right towards the Rocher Baron, a drivable track all the way
  2. When you reach the plateau of the Rocher Baron, head right
  3. At Le Clot de la Rama, carry on along the drivable track towards Le Pas du Rif
  4. Cross the footbridge over the Saint-Sébastien mountain stream, heading towards Le Poux
  5. Approximately 500 metres after the footbridge, turn right off the track and follow the path running downhill
  6. 200 metres after the water catchment, leave the track and turn right towards the municipality of Saint-Martin-de-Queyrières and your starting point
  • Departure : Mayor's office ("Mairie"), Saint-Martin-de-Queyrières
  • Arrival : Mayor's office ("Mairie"), Saint-Martin-de-Queyrières
  • Towns crossed : Saint-Martin-de-Queyrières

5 points of interest

  • Geology and geography

    The fault

    The series of faults in the Durance has long been known to alpine geologists. Categorised as « normal »,these faults are openings associated with a movement of extension and stretching of the Briançonnais zone in contact with the Dauphinois zone located further to the west. Warning: it is dangerous and prohibited to approach a fault. Risk of rock falls.

  • Fauna

    The willow tit

    A small resident passerine with a black cap, brown back and white underside, the willow or alpine tit lives in the mountain forests. It selects a trunk with rotten wood in which to built its nest, because its beak is not designed for pecking into very solid trunks. This tit is very similar to the marsh tit, which tends to live below 1,400 metres. To distinguish between them, you have to listen carefully to the singing and calls of these two birds.

  • Flora

    The gooseberry

    Watch out, it's spiky! The gooseberry is a thorny little bush, and very common in this area. In fact, it grows well in dry ground. It bears whitish, sometimes purplish, fruits covered in rather stiff hairs. Its long, strong thorns often discourage people from gathering its fruits, and the feel of the stiff hairs is rather strange in the mouth. But it's worth the effort: they are very tasty!
  • Fauna

    The large marsh grasshopper

    In the wet areas beside the streams lives the large marsh grasshopper. Its French name, criquet engsanglanté, translates as the "bloodied grasshopper" because the female has purple-red marks which stand out against her general green colour. Her eggs are drought-sensitive so she only lays them in damp soil. When courting the female, the male does not chirp but makes clicking sounds, which he produces by stretching his hind leg in a sudden movement.

  • History

    Le Clot de la Rama

    Le Clot de la Rama is a small hamlet in the municipality of Saint-Martin-de-Queyrières. It lies in the Saint-Sébastien valley by the mountain stream, at an altitude of 1,500 metres. Still populated, this small hamlet had several alpine pasture chalets which trace its history and show how valuable the land was. In addition, there is still an alpine pasture chapel here, called the chapel of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine which is marked by its history.


Altimetric profile


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

Take your litter home

Do not take shortcuts across pastureland

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 transport >> www.pacamobilite.fr
Consider car-sharing >> www.blablacar.fr

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

Access and parking

9 km from L'Argentière-la-Bessée, take the N94

Parking :

mayor's office ("Mairie") car park, Saint-Martin-de-Queyrières

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