The demoiselles coiffées of Sauze-du-Lac

A beautiful walk next to the lake of Serre-Ponçon to admire the demoiselles coiffées.

The demoiselles coiffées (the ladies with their hairdos in English) are a geological phenomenon linked to erosion. Rocks are more or less soft, they do not erode in the same way. After a few thousand years nature shapes its delicate structures where a large block of stone caps a mineral chimney. The walk is short, you follow a very well maintained path. The site is very easy to reach, it is situated next to Sauze-du-Lac, you can't miss it. A nice walk if you visit the area.

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Duration: 1 h.

The car park

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The car park
The car park is located just off the main road to Sauze-du-Lac, there is an even bigger one right next to it.

The sign at the entrance

The sign at the entrance
Everything is very well marked. Difference in height of 62 m, 95 steps, return by the same path.

The ascent

The ascent
The steps are not stairs but big steps on the path. The ascent is not very difficult.

The ladies with their hair

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The ladies with their hair
After 5 minutes of walk you can see the first demoiselle coiffée.

Stairs

Stairs

The other ladies with hair

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The other ladies with hair

The path

The path
You can go a little higher off the organized route. Beware the climb is more dangerous! It is normally forbidden to leave the marked path.

The end

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The end
At the end of the ascent you have the most beautiful view of the lake of Serre-Ponçon and the last lady, the rock on the chimney weighs about 800 tons!

The explanations

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The explanations
Numerous explanations are scattered throughout the route.

Sauze-du-Lac

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Sauze-du-Lac
If you continue to Sauze-du-Lac there is a belvedere (the lake balconies) with a breathtaking view of the lake of Serre-Ponçon.
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