Col de Romeyere
This is a pass in the northeastern
part of the Vercors Plateau, which is part of
the "Prealps". It crosses the first big hogback
ridge on the edge of this plateau. Its specialty
is a 500 meter long, dark tunnel below a
limestone wall, and a short incised canyon
section. This is a small remote road with very
little traffic, but there are yet narrower, more
remote paved roads in this area.
START-END NORTH: St Gervais le Poret
3.(14.5km,1074m)TOP:Col de Romeyere
5.(33.3km,0370m)upper jct with road to Col
de Toutes Aures
6.(34.5km,0250m)lower jct with road to Col
de Toutes Aures
7.(37.4km,0190m) START-END SOUTH: low
point north of Pont en Royans
From West. You can
approach St-Gervais-Le-Port on a bike path from
Grenoble. It follows the river l'Isere. After
turning west and crossing the river, little D55
goes past the small local school and starts
climbing immediately. The switchbacks seam to head
for the base of an unclimbable limestone cliff.
And in the end it will remain unclimbed. Signs
along the road point out obligatory lighting for
hikers and cyclists alike. That's a hint. At the
base of the limestone cliff waits a 500 meter
unlit tunnel. Since it is in a curve, it
guarantees total darkness for at least a short
stretch of the way.
But before plunging into the tunnel : what is
this? A remnant of an old road road leads around
the tunnel , under dangerous looking overhanging
rock, bordered by dramatic drop offs. However it
turns out to be impassable for cyclists or hikers.
After a short distance it becomes all too
apparent, that part of the road has been
completely eroded, leaving no discernible path
along the cliff.
But now for the tunnel: It can be negotiated with
the light of a cell phone, at least walking.
That's what I did, but it would have been more fun
and less dangerous with a real dependable light.
But this is not the top yet. The tunnel only
traverses the initial hogback along the Vercors
plateau. On the other side the road turns 90
degrees and follows a shelf road on the edge of a
small incised canyon. This section is short and
spectacular, but it still does not reach the top.
The final part is a long straight traverse along a
high wooded ridge. Plateau climbs often seem to
end less dramatic, than what was encountered along
the way, and this one is a good example.
At the top are several rustic buildings, serving
a small ski hill, a restaurant and various trail
heads. It all blends perfectly into the landscape.
the Gorge de la Bourne is one
option for a lower approach to
this tunnel at the top is not lit
starting to climb above St Jervai
left: descending through Rencurrel
From East. (described
downwards). A curving roll leads through the
village Rencurel. At the junction with the road to
Lans en Vercors the traffic picks up. The church
in Rencurrel makes the perfect visual focal point
in front of the giant step of cliffs. At the next
junction the profile continues downhill. An
extended deep limestone canyon section through the
Gorge de la Bourne follows, again with several
alcove overhangs. I included a picture of this
spectacular canyon section on this page. But it
can serve as lower approach to many summit rides.
Several km before reaching Pont-en-Royans, I
could not resist another even smaller, yet
immaculately paved road, climbing to Col de
Croix de Toutes Aures. But the profile
continues downhill beyond "Pont" to Auberrives en
cLiCk on image , arrows
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Dayride with this point as highest summit:
( < | Tunnel
du Morrier > )
Col de Romeyere , Col de
Toutes Aures s(u) : St Gervais le port
> Col de Romeyere > Rencurel > Croix de
Toutes Aures s(u) <> Presles > down D58
> D1532 north back to starting point: 48.9miles
with 5530ft of climbing in 5:26rs (garmin etrex30