Lower lakes

This walk is perfect for families and casual hikers. Easy access by gondola, you will enjoy the different views of the mountains of Belledonne, Taillefer, Grandes Rousses and Écrins.

About : Lower lakes

Put on your hiking boots and set off to discover the Lower Lakes plateau, also known as the Petites Rousses Lakes Plateau. Listed as a national heritage, this preserved area is full of surprises and suitable for the whole family. A walk half-day, can be done all day long by providing a delicious picnic, to enjoy admiring the land of pastures. 5 lakes, 5 different atmospheres: from peat to hectares of blueberries, while enjoying the beauty of the blossomed rhododendrons that adorn the banks, this walk in altitude will leave you with an unforgettable memory!

Departure: Poutran 2100m or Alpette 2050m
Distance: 5,5km or 11km
Altitude difference: about 100m
Duration: 1h30 or 3h00
Maximum altitude: 2100m
Marking precision: From the Alpette 2050m, follow the signs towards Alpe d'Huez. From Poutran 2100m, take the direction of Alpette. Several trails are possible, allowing you to compose your circuit according to your desires.

Provide a pedestrian pass to take the lifts. Possibility for good walkers to start from Oz Station, through the circuit Plan de la Cerf.

Altitude restaurants on the way.

En bref

1 h 30

J+ : 205 m

5.5 km

Level green –very easy

Map and GPX marking

Lower lakes

Getting There


  • Car park


  • Pets welcome


From 01/06 to 30/09.


Free of charge

Free access. You must have a pass for using cable car in summer.

Pets welcome

Please keep your dogs on a leash so as not to disturb the wildlife.

This service provider also offers

La Boucle des Lacs

Pré Raynaud

Besson Lake loop

Le Faubourg

Le Pré de la Pierre

The ferruginous source

Roubier Waterfall

Upper lakes

Circuit des Sangliers