1. From L’Argentière to La Pousterle (stage of the GR 54)
It's the big day. A backpack is a hiker's best friend, as long as you haven't forgotten anything! L'Argentière-la-Bessée is really worth exploring on foot, with its rich heritage of treasures. And in fact this first stage is a short one, so you can make the most of it. The GR54 trail will reveal all its secrets later. A gentle climb into the forest gives you a chance to take in the panorama over the Fournel valley and the south of the Durance valley. The first stop on this grand tour of the Ecrins is a haven of peace that is hidden from view. A little piece of paradise with a glimpse of the next day's long stage: Le Pas de la Cavale. But for now, the living is easy and it is time to welcome you to this adventure that leaves no one who experiences it totally unchanged...
From L'Argentière station (990 m), take Avenue C. de Gaulle (south) towards Saint-Jean’s chapel (to your right when the station is behind you). Carry on along Rue du Château and pass the Silver Mine Museum. Follow the road as far as the Magdeleine bridge (998 m).
- Cross the Fournel mountain stream and head for Col d'Anon and Col des Lauzes. Walk along the Fournel for 100 m and at the fork take the road to the left. A small footpath crosses the canal and goes up to the Bois de Champ Pelbaud under the crest of the Rortie. At the next intersection (1 132 m), take the path to the right. Do the same at the following intersection. The path is panoramic, looking down on the road opposite and joining it at a bridge over the Fournel (1 301 m).
- Cut across the loop in the road, go over a footbridge (EDF), leave the road behind you and stay on the right bank until you reach the bridge (1 350 m), where there is a car park. Cross the Fournel and follow the road to Champ Didier. There a footpath replaces the road and, after a few hairpin bends, you rejoin the road that goes around Les Clausas. Follow the road for a few bends and soon you will leave the road and take a footpath as far as La Pousterle gîte (1 750 m).
The first day is very short, so feel free to take the time to explore L'Argentière.
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