The Postman’s Path

A lovely route that is emblematic of Oisans, featuring a narrow path, switchbacks and airy sections. The path follows the GR 50, linking Villard Reymond to Le Bourg d'Oisans, winding its way across the cliff overhanging Le Bourg d'Oisans.

About : The Postman’s Path

Route in the “MTB in Oisans” guide (Oisans Tourisme)

Departure : Villard Reymond - Col du Solude, 1680 m.
Arrival : Le Bourg-d'Oisans 720 m.
Length: 30 mins
Distance: 5 km
Highest point: 1 680 m
Lowest point: 720 m
Total height gain: 70 m
Total height loss: 970 m
Technique: 4/4
Endurance: 2/4

Map: Top 25 Bourg d'Oisans et l'Alpe d'Huez 3335 ET

> The path starts at the Col du Solude (1680 m) above Villard-Reymond and follows the GR 50 footpath. Keep your eyes open as at the top of the route, certain sections are separate for hikers and mountain-bikers, so make sure you follow the signs.
> Ride down 100 m from the Col on the road and take the path that carries straight on at the bend. This starts on a fast path, but you need to look out to the
right for a smaller path that winds between the trees. It’s a fun path, but you need to concentrate.
> Once back on the GR50, carry straight on to the path reserved for bikers, which gradually narrows until it becomes a series of switchbacks of varying technical difficulty. In all cases, BE CAREFUL as the cliff edge is never far away. There are no junctions, so no risk of getting lost.
> You arrive behind the Bourg-d’Oisans belvedere, which you go round to the right, following a small path as far as the road. This is in the «Ville Noire» district of Le Bourg-d’Oisans - turn left for the town centre.

En bref

0 h 30

J+ : 10 m

5 km

Level black - very hard

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The Postman’s Path

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You can get to the Col du Solude from Bourg d'Oisans either by bike (around 2 hours) or by car (30 mins), if you have another car you can leave in Bourg d'Oisans.
2 routes:
- Via the road to Le Col d'Ornon (D526) then Villard-Reymond (D210)
- Via Villard-Notre-Dame (D219) then the 4WD track to the Col du Solude.