15 - Cross-country - Blue - Le Monolithe

Despite being listed as physically challenging, this itinerary is suitable for intermediate mountain bikers. The paths present no real technical difficulty and you can stop at the Monolithe to get your breath back.

15 - Cross-country - Blue - Le Monolithe Aussois


Departing from Aussois (73500)
Average length : 01h00
Total elevation gain : 240m
Vertical drop : 240m
Signed walking trail

This is a very accessible blue itinerary mainly following forest paths. The first track leads to the monolith and includes a slightly technical uphill section where you may have to walk for a few metres. But you'll have fun on the superb trail waiting for you at the top!
The monolith is a fairly straight, vertical structure of cargneule rock rising to 93 metres above the ground. The dolomitic limestone formation is dense and hard enough to have resisted the erosion that has affected the rest of the site, cleaning it of the other, less robust rock that once surrounded the monolith.

Departs from: Plan de la Croix or Val Cenis Sardières, at the junction on the road leading to the Sardières monolith.

Total elevation gain : 240m
Altitude max : 1665m
Vertical drop : 240m

Map references

Haute Maurienne Vanoise mountain bike map sold in the Haute Maurienne Vanoise Tourist Offices.

Topoguides references

Haute Maurienne Vanoise mountain bike booklet sold in the Haute Maurienne Vanoise Tourist Offices.

Further informations



Free access.


Languages spoken : French

Period of practice

From 01/05 to 01/11.

Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.


43 route des Barrages 73500 Aussois
Departing from : Aussois (73500)
Latitude : 45.231575 - Longitude : 6.752381

Park in the Aussois Plan de la Croix car park at the Aussois exit towards Sardières.
In the summer season, possibility to take the bus line S52 (Modane - Aussois - Lanslebourg) and get off at the stop "Le Centre"; bus equipped with a bicycle trailer every day except Saturday.

Information update on 28/07/2022 by Communauté de communes Haute Maurienne Vanoise