homeCol du Sabot
Col du Sabot Height Climbing height - length
Signs 2130m, 2100m
1295m - 14.3 km (Lac du Verney)
1386m - 21.4 km (Rochetaillée/Bourg d’Oisans)
Difficulty Beauty
4 (5) 4-5 (5)
How to get there It is the same road at start as the one going to Col de la Croix de Fer (2064m) from Bourg d’Oisans with a start at Rochetaillée (714m). One could also start a bit higher up on this side if coming from the Alpe d’Huez road down to the Barrage du Verney (772m). At the north side of the lake there is a road (at ca. 805m) going up to Vaujany. The road is mostly steep, but not above around 11%. After Vaujany one continues ahead and soon enter the narrow and somewhat recently paved road to the pass with many serpentines. It was paved in 1999 for the female Tour de France. The state of the pavement on the upper section may not be so good now (2010).
Other comments It is a very quiet road with wonderful views at the top. There are only paths down the other side of the pass and the tarmac runs out just as one reaches the pass. There is a bar just after a little pass on the way – Le Collet (de Vaujany) (1405m). Water tap in Vaujany and before. For great views one could visit the equally hard Le Collet (1706m) on a small road sign-posted for the forest (a forest road). Just before the end of this lonely cul-de-sac road you will have splendid views of the area around in more than a 270 degrees angle.