Col de la Croix de Fer

Country France
From Allemond
To St. Jean de Maurienne
Length 55,6km
Highest elevation 2.063m
Lowest elevation 655m
This high mountain pass is located in Savoie, France in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes district of the French Alps. Col de la Croix de Fer stands at an elevation 2,067 m (6,781 ft) and connects the southeastern villages of Le Bourg-d'Oisans and Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne. There’s a lot of contrast when it comes to difficulty of this pass - because the incline and the decline of the road varies depending on route is taken. The classic west side approach will take you through the beautiful Lac de Grand Maison; it has two vertical stretches and two declines. Col du Gladon is a less challenging route (a short 200 meter decline) and is located on the edge of Col de la Croix de Fer. The east region of this pass is a least favorite for cyclists (due to the high mountain hairpins and having a bit of traffic during certain times of the day), but there’s a variation in this route and if travelers take a right turn after exiting the three tunnels - it puts you on a route marked St-Sorlin-d’Arves & Panoramique, which is exquisitely panoramic and serene.
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