Vallon de Combau - Tête Chevalière, Vercors

A Treschenu-Creyers walk posted on 31/05/12 by filou. Update : 05/11/17

A hike in Drôme and Isère, but starting from the Vercors drômois side.

The Vallon de Combau and the Tête Chevalière at 1951m. A panoramic view over the Trièves valley.
During the months of May and June, the Vallon du Combau is must-visit destination, where you can enjoy the flora and fauna, particularly marmottes.
A relatively easy hike up to the Pas de l'Essaure pass, then a little more difficult.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h35[?]
Distance Distance : 11.31km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 568m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 566m
Highest point Highest point : 1932m
Lowest point Lowest point : 1458m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Alps, Vercors, Diois
Location Location : Treschenu-Creyers (26410)
Starting point Starting point : N 44.773901° / E 5.573538°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3237OTR
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Description

From Chatillon in Diois, reach the hamlet of Bénevise, a commune of Tréschenu-Creyers, and take the D515 in the Vallon de Combau.

Park at the end of the small valley by the Fontaine des Prêtres after the gite-auberge (inn). The number of parking spaces is limited.
Continue along the road for about 100m. When you reach a stele, take the pasture trail that turns left and then right on a hairpin. Pass a large barn (1) and continue until the Cabane de l'Essaure, which is a small mountain hut. (2) Turn right to reach the Pas de l'Essaure which offers a stunning view of the Trièves and Isère!
Keep to the ridge, pass a small trough and climb left on a very steep path for cows. Continue until you reach the edge of a big rock fall (3) This section is dangerous!
From there, climb along the ridge until the highest point with an amazing view over the Veymont and Mont Aiguille.
Climb up to the Tête Chevalière at 1941m (4)
Then descend southwest, then south continuing straight through the stones and grassland (5). You'll find yourself by cairns positioned on this section.
Rejoin the GR by the Chamousset bergeriee (sheep pen) (6). Turn left and you'll be back at the Refuge de l'Essaure, passing via the Col du Creuson.
Then retrace your steps over the outwards leg until you arrive back at the starting car park.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 1.68 - alt. km 1.68 - Live stock. Large barn.
2 : km 2.4 - alt. km 2.4 - Cabane de l'Essaure hut
3 : km 4.75 - alt. km 4.75
4 : km 5.56 - alt. km 5.56 - Tête Chevalière.
5 : km 6.04 - alt. km 6.04 - Descent through stones and grassland
6 : km 6.53 - alt. km 6.53 - Bergerie de Chamousset. Junction with the GR.
D/A : km 11.31 - alt. km 11.31

Useful Information

Essaure mountain hut unmanned.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 3237OTR.

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During the walk or to do/see around

Take note when you pass the Rocher du Combau, it's a little like the backdrop of the Far West!
Chatillon in Diois, the Vallée du Diois and, of course, Clairette de Dié.

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