|Baisse de Tueis (L’Authion)|
|Height||Climbing height - length|
|1888m (road height 2024m after pass on circle road)||1385m - 19.1 km (Camp de Milo/La Bollène-Vésubie); 1525m - 28 km (Sospel);
1557m - 30.6 km (L’Escarène); 1557m - 31.1 km (L’Escarène via St. Roch)
1885m - 40.5 km (Contes); 927m - 18.7 km (Col St. Roch)
1619m - 26.6 km (Cairos forest road); 909m - 19.1 km (Pas de l’Escous)
|2-4 (5)||3-4 (5)|
|How to get there||
From the west one climbs the D70 from Camp de Milo (503m) via La Bollène-Vésubie and Col de Turini (1604m) to the pass which is located where the 9 km one-directional circle road up to L’Authion starts and ends. The loop road first descends to 1779m and then climbs steeply to the high point (2024m).
From the southeast you climb from Sospel (363m) the D2566 via Col de Turini to the pass. From the south you climb D21 from Lucéram (650m) via Pas de l’Escous (1008m); Baisse de la Cabanette (1371m) and Col de Turini to the pass or via D2566 and Col St. Roch (991m); Baisse de la Cabanette (1371m) and Col de Turini to the pass. One would then likely have started 6.4 km further down at L’Escarène (360m).
You could also start the southern climb in Contes (192m) and climb the D15 to Col de Savel (972m); Col St. Roch and the D2566 to Baisse de la Cabanette; Col de Turini and to the pass. This last variant involves two more significant drops of up to 88m. From Col de Turini on the D68 to the pass (3.8 km), you will also climb the earlier Baisse de Camp d’Argent (1737m). – Lots of passes and roads in this region!
|Other comments||You could also reach, as I did, this pass via one of two different gravel roads and meet this pass on the descent from the one-directional loop at the L’Authion. These gravel roads meet at one point (1791m) on the loop road. The start for both roads could be down where the northern climb up Col de Brouis starts in the Roya valley. The northern gravel road could also be climbed from higher up in the Roya valley just below Fontan via Ste Claire (asphalted but steep), which was the road I took. The gravel road from Ste Claire is very good up to Baisse de Colla Bassa (1350m) and not steep. Here you meet another gravel road and the road is here a bit less easy to ride up, but it improves a little again when getting closer to the asphalt road. There are 2-3 restaurants around this pass. (Photo is taken of the fort ruins near the highest point on the L’Authion circle road.)
[FR-06-1889, BIG 328]