Col Des Egaux
This is the lower of two passes on a short, very scenic
road, winding through the south end of the Chartreuse
mountains. It can also be cycled by itself with the help of
a wild, adventurous gorge.
for this pass is included on the Col
de Cluse page
From East. After turning south from the
top of Col de Couz a forested road
climbs in changing directions through dense forest. The right
side of the road is often built on a wall, and there is only a
very low embankment separating the rider from the dropoff. The
drop is not very high, but enough so that it would do more than
just hurt, if you go over it. The top of Col des Egaux is
actually very close to Col de Couz,
as the crow flies. But going around in, what seems like circles
in the forest, it feels longer to the legs. The top is a
populated small village on small mountain meadows. Limestone
cliffs seem to reach for the bottom on the western side but
can't find it. There is a maze of cables strung into the
landscape so that picture taking can be challenging.
From West. (described downwards)
Barely a hundred meters drop separates the summit from the start
to the next climb: Col de la Cluse.
But you can also descend further on a very narrow road to the
Gorge du Guiers. You can catch a glimpse of that route from one
of the turns during the short descent (picture below), and then
you know what you are in for. The profile on the Col de la Cluse
page stays up on the mountain.
A Dayride with this point as intermediate summit is
on page: Col De La Cluse
top: the summit of Col d'Egaux
bottom: telephoto view of the Gorge du Guiers