Tour of the Lacs des Cerces
Below the Galibier, the jagged mountains of the Cerces are split by several passes that give access to the “département” of Les Hautes Alpes. The Lacs de Cerces are undoubtedly the brightest jewel in the area’s crown.
This walk also enables you to explore the area’s military history, most notably the remnants of the Maginot Line (1931/1940) at Les Rochilles. Follow the track to the Granges des Mottets, and then take the path on the right to the Lac des Cerces. From the lake, follow the GR57 to the Col des Cerces. Once over the Col, a path leads down to the Lac Rond and the Lac du Grand Ban. Go round them on the right, and then go to the Col des Rochilles and the camp of the same name. Follow the track back to Les Mottets and Plan Lachat. Type of itinerary: circuit. Maps: IGN Top 25 n° 3435 ET Valloire, Aiguilles d’Arves, Col du Galibier.
Guidebook: La Maurienne à pied ref: P731.