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La Gardiole de l'Alp - Molines

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En plein cœur du massif, la Gardiole nous offre une vue à 360° sur l’ensemble du Queyras.

C’est en arrivant à son sommet que l’on comprend vraiment son nom. Effectivement le point de vue permet au berger de surveiller l’ensemble des pâtures de la Gardiole, mais il offre aussi une vue imprenable sur le bas et le haut Guil, le massif des Ecrins, le haut de la vallée de Saint Véran, le vallon de Peynin… Située en plein centre du Queyras, la Gardiole donne une vue à 360° du territoire.


7 points of interest

  • Flora

    Sorbus aucuparia

    This small tree was once planted to attract thrushes. Its name comes from the fact that birds disseminate its seeds. In the spring, it produces umbels of white flowers that become red berries in July. Its fruit is edible when it is overripe but very acid. The berries can be used to make compotes or jellies. Be careful though: the seeds are toxic. Its small size, rapid growth and elegance mean it is now used as an ornamental tree.
  • Flora

    Carlina

    In olden days, Carlina was hung on doors to ward off evil spirits. Its heart was eaten and its roots were used in different medicines. Once endangered, it is now protected. This Asteraceae has the specificity of closing in case of bad weather and humidity.
  • Flora

    Goosefoot

    The regular and frequent presence of herds in a small area leads to overgrazing. It has resulted in the disappearance of some species and the development of others. The goosefoot or wild spinach is one of those species. It is present around sheep pens or where sheep spend a lot of time. Edible, its leaves are eaten like spinach. Consume in moderation: they contain oxalates.
  • Fauna

    Black-veined White butterfly

    The black-veined white butterfly is a relatively large butterfly (65mm). Its wings are white. Over time, those of the female become transparent. It loves open areas, with thistle and other Asteraceae. It has the distinction of having an irregular distribution. Indeed it may disappear where it was very present and then reappear where it had disappeared. However, like many insects, its population tends to decline.
  • Geology

    Permafrost, mollisol, frost weathering and thufurs

    The succession of freezing and thawing sometimes creates strange shapes. Rocks fractured by frost weathering hurtle down the slopes by the action of water, which, when freezing, makes fissured rocks explode. Deep down, the soil, when permanently frozen, is called permafrost. The top layer, called mollisol, thaws in the spring. The softened mollisol slides over the permafrost and forms visible ripples on the surface. Around lakes, bumpy areas called thufurs often appear.
  • Fauna

    Eresus Kollari

    This little spider lives in dry, hot areas. The male is about 1cm in length. It is black with white rings at the joints of the legs and its abdomen is covered with orangey red bristles, with 2 or 3 pairs of black dots. The female, twice as large, is black with grey bristles. It digs a burrow that she won’t leave. She lays her eggs in it and returns to the surface during the day to warm them up, only going back into the burrow at night. After several moults, the males leave the burrow in search of a female.
  • Fauna

    Oedipode rouge

    Ce criquet, expert en camouflage, possède une couleur en symbiose à celle de son environnement. En effet, sa teinte dépendra du substrat dans lequel il a grandi. En vol, ses ailes postérieures dépliées deviennent orange et très visibles, mais une fois au sol, se fondant dans le décor, l’insecte redevient quasi invisible.

Description

Du parking remonter la RD205. Après 100 m prendre la première rue à gauche et traverser le village.
1 - Rejoindre rapidement le GR® et tourner à droite. En bout de voie, la route se transforme en piste, la poursuivre jusqu’au lieu-dit chemin de Creyssant.
2 - Prendre sur la droite. Passer la bergerie de l’Alp. Récupérer un sentier qui monte sur la Gardiole de l’Alp.
3 - Une fois au sommet, tourner à droite et suivre la ligne de crête sur un chemin mi terre mi ardoise avec quelques courts passages un peu plus techniques. Déboucher au col du Clot du Loup.
4 - Tourner à droite. Redescendre le vallon, après quelques épingles la pente s’adoucie. Poursuivre jusqu’à l’intersection du canal Rouchas Frach et tourner à gauche. Gagner le Coin par un chemin s’élargissant
5 - Traverser le hameau et continuer jusqu’à la D205, puis tourner à droite. Atteindre rapidement le village de Pierre Grosse, le traverser afin de retrouver le départ.

  • Departure : Pierre Grosse
  • Arrival : Pierre Grosse
  • Towns crossed : Molines-en-Queyras and Aiguilles

Altimetric profile


Information desks

House of the Queyras Regional Nature Park

3580 Route de l’Izoard, 05350 Arvieux

http://www.pnr-queyras.fr/pnrq@pnr-queyras.fr+33 (0)4 92 46 88 20

The House of the Queyras Regional Nature Park is closed to the public.

Find out more

OTI du Guillestrois et du Queyras

Maison du Tourisme du Queyras, 05350 Château-Ville-Vieille

http://www.guillestroisqueyras.cominfo@guillestroisqueyras.com+33 (0)4 92 46 76 18

Transport

Office de Tourisme du Guillestrois-Queyras : 04 92 46 76 18


Access and parking

Se garer à l’entrée de Pierre Grosse sur la gauche au niveau des molochs.

Parking :

Se garer à l’entrée de Pierre Grosse sur la gauche au niveau des molochs

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