The Crucifix Pass

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Round trip


This hiking path leads you across local farming landscapes (woodland and orchards) up towards Saint-Sulpice and then on through meadows, before reaching the sometimes steeper paths through woodland undergrowth.
At the Col du Crucifix , it's possible to do a looped walk to go down via the Col Saint-Michel (see map). History: In the past, to get to Novalaise from Chambéry you had to cross Épine Mountain by following the Roman Road which passed through the Col Saint-Michel (St Michel Mountain Pass). In 1735, they decided to make a new passage - the "Sarde Way" or "voie sarde" via the Col du Crucifix; the work was considerable and was to last for more than 70 years. Grottes François I: in 1516, the King came to Chambéry. On his way back crossing over the Épine mountain range, he was caught out with his court in a violent thunderstorm. They stopped for the night in a shelter under the rock (near the Col du Crucifix). Panoramic viewpoint: Massifs des Bauges and Belledonne Mountains. Discover: Saint-Sulpice Church, the cross at the mountain pass, remains of the Roman and Sarde Ways, François I Caves (20 minutes from the Col du Crucifix).


Free of charge.
Parking du CLEM, 50 avenue Alphonse Daudet, 73290, La Motte-Servolex
All year round.