Col de la Cayolle

Col de la Cayolle

Sign at the summit, showing the border between the two departments
Elevation 2,326 m (7,631 ft)
Location France
Range Alps
Coordinates 44°15′32″N 6°44′38″E / 44.25889°N 6.74389°E / 44.25889; 6.74389Coordinates: 44°15′32″N 6°44′38″E / 44.25889°N 6.74389°E / 44.25889; 6.74389
Col de la Cayolle

Location of Col de la Cayolle

Col de la Cayolle (el. 2,326 m) is a high mountain pass in the French Alps at the border between the departments of Alpes-Maritimes and Alpes-de-Haute-Provence in France.

It connects Barcelonnette in the Ubaye Valley and Saint-Martin-d'Entraunes.

It lies parallel to the Col d'Allos and Col de la Bonette in the Parc National du Mercantour.

The Var River has its source near the pass.

The road leads to the red-rock Gorges de Daluis.

Details of the climb

One of the mountain pass cycling milestones at the climb from Barcelonette

The northern side, from Barcelonette, is 29.15 km long, climbing 1,190 m (3,900 ft) at an average of 4.1%.[1] On this side mountain pass cycling milestones are placed every kilometer. They indicate the current height, the distance to the summit, the average slope in the following passage, as well as the number of the street (D902).

Starting from Saint-Martin-d'Entraunes, the climb is 20.5 km gaining 1,291 m (4,236 ft), resulting in an average of 6.3%.[2] No signposts for cyclists are placed on this side. However, every kilometer a sign indicates the altitude, as well as the distance to the summit (uphill) or the next villages (uphill and downhill).

Bicycle tourism

Together with the Col des Champs and the Col d'Allos it forms part of a popular round trip for cyclists (see for example [3]).

See also


  1. "Col de la Cayolle -". Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  2. "Col de la Cayolle -". Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  3. "Cayolle-Champs-Allos - Bikemap - Your bike routes online". Retrieved 22 August 2014.

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