This path crosses a high ridge and includes a number of difficult stretches. At the summit, la Croix de Cassini offers a 360o panorama of all the surrounding peaks and ranges (Grandes Rousses, Aiguilles d’Arves, Taillefer, Meije, Râteau...).
The superb panorama includes glaciers of all types: dome-shaped, icefalls or hanging glaciers. It is a unique opportunity to discover crevasses, rimayes, ice tongues, seracs and moraines.
Starting point: Col de Sarenne
Elevation gain: 360 m
Duration There/Back: 1h30
Distance: 3,6 km
Hike n°11 on the Hiking in Oisans map
Map IGN TOP 25 n°3335 ET
Map OBP n°2 (Oisans au Bout des Pieds) : hike 254c
From the Col de Sarenne, or for walkers from La Croix de Cassini, the glacial landscape is very varied with the La Muzelle glacier and, notably, the complex which includes the Mont de Lans, Muretouse, Girose, Enfetchores, La Meije and Tabuchet glaciers which reach a height of almost 4,000 m.
TO SEE ON THIS ROAD
-The sheepfold at the Col de Sarenne
-Mountain pastures at Grange Pellorce
TO SEE NEARBY
-The village of Clavans in Haut Oisans, with its fountains, small squares, church and old houses
In Alpe d’Huez :
-The Musée d’Huez et de l’Oisans
-Notre Dame des Neiges Church with its striking architecture, its unusual organ shaped like a hand reaching up to the heavens and its 13 stained glass windows depicting scenes from the gospels.
TO KNOW :
The Ecrins range is the most extensive range of glaciers in France.
From the summit of La Croix, it is easy to see why, in the 17th century, the geographer Cassini, had good reason to choose to map this part of the Écrins range from this peak.