Chemin de la Durance

Chemin de la Durance

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The variety of new discoveries is what makes this short walk so rich. So many curiosities to be discovered with the family!
You are plunged into nature from your very first steps along the path, passing close to agricultural fields offering unobstructed views of the landscape. The highlight of this trail is the Herbonne plateau, also known as the glacial rock. Your explorations continue as you make your way to the Chapelle St-James and the Durance.


From the car park, turn right. Follow the road-side and turn left towards Les Baumes.
  1. Go under the Les Eygas bridge, and then follow the path on the left heading towards Rabioux. From the path, join a track and continue past the houses. At the next crossroads at « Serre des Gayes », go right towards « Le Rabioux ». When you reach the fields lower down, follow the path leading uphill. Continue to head towards Rabioux and go past the interpretation trail ("sentier d'interprétation"). As you emerge from the forest, where the track reaches the fields turn left at the intersection.
  2. After a few metres, take the road on the right. From here, head towards Le Rabioux.
  3. Go along the road-side and then, at the Herbonne plateau, take the track on the left and carry on towards the chapel of Saint James.  Just before this, follow the path running downhill to the left towards Le Rabioux. For the return stretch, go across the Pont de Eygas.
  • Departure : Former SNCF railway station, Châteauroux-les-Alpes
  • Arrival : Former SNCF railway station, Châteauroux-les-Alpes
  • Towns crossed : Châteauroux-les-Alpes

1 point of interest

  • Geology and geography

    The Herbonne plateau

    This plateau is representative of glaciofluvial terraces. They form a tabular promontory, bounded by vertical walls formed in the cemented glaciofluvial materials, at the foot of which the Le Rabioux mountain stream flows on one side and the Durance on the other. This glacial rock is a typical formation of the Haute-Durance valley, similar to the Roc d'Embrun or that of Mont-Dauphine. Its formation dates back to one of the last ice ages (100,000 years ago). At that time, the Durance glacier occupied the entire valley. Today, on its sedimentary rock base, the Roc is covered by vegetation which is highly characteristic of steppe grasslands.


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.

Short-toed snake eagle

Impacted practices:
Sensitivity periods:
Parc National des Écrins
Julien Charron

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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Public transport:
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Access and parking

From Embrun, on the D94 main road, take the "Chateauroux-les-Alpes - Les Écrins" exit and park outside the former SNCF train station, at « Les Peschiers ».

Parking :

Former SNCF railway station car park, Châteauroux


Emergency number :114


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