Le Moucherotte Summit
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member arby101ca
N 45° 08.853 E 005° 38.364
31T E 707490 N 5002730
Quick Description: Le Moucherotte, 1,901 m, most northerly summit of the Vercors massif. Although it is the lowest of the principle summits of the Vercors, it is perhaps the best known as it dominates the city of Grenoble.
Location: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
Date Posted: 8/1/2015 4:46:00 PM
Waymark Code: WMPB2V
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
Views: 6

Long Description:
The Vercors massif is a plateau rising east of the French Alps. The crests are limestone cliffs typically rising over 1000 meters (3300 ft) from the plains and river valleys below. Among the principle summits of the northern "Four Mountains Area" are Le Moucherotte (1901 m)and Le Pic Saint Michel. Both are accesssible as moderate hikes from the ski area above Lans en Vercors.

The summit of the Moucherotte is a fine viewpoint on the north western crest of the Vercors area. From here you look north and east to the French Alps including Mont Blanc, down to Grenoble, across to the the Chartreuse massif. To the west is the Four Mountain region of the Vercor. The view south is along the crests of peaks to the south including pic Saint Michel and the Grand Moucherolle and the isolated Mt Aiguille.

There is an orientation table on the summit placed in 1924 by the French Alpine Touring Club. The hike starts at Le Sierre Ski area free parking on D 1061 above Lans en Vercors. The climb is moderate, up moderate 500 m (1640 ft) over 5.3 km (3.2 miles)on gravel track and across ski terrain.

There was a hotel built in 1959 just below the summit and a cable car providing access from Grenoble. Le Ermitage Hotel was popular for a time with the jet set including Roger Vadim and Brigitte Bardot. The hotel and lift were abandoned after the 1968 Grenoble Olympics and the site regenerated, except for the road to the weather radar station and transmission towers. (Source: Michelin "French Alps Tourist Guide")
Altitude in Feet: 6237

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