17 - Cross-country - Blue - Les bords de l'Arc

This magnificent loop offers the glaciers and waterfalls of the Bessans plateau, as well as an opportunity to enjoy yourself on the Bessans mountain bike fun trail.

17 - Cross-country - Blue - Les bords de l'Arc Bessans


Departing from Bessans (73480)
Average length : 02h30
Total elevation gain : 170m
Vertical drop : 170m
Signed walking trail

The easy tracks alternate between the left and right banks of the ARC. This is probably the flattest itinerary of the entire MTB area. You can have fun on the amusing trail featuring 8 modules to help you progress!
There's nothing hellish about this very accessible trail, so why is the village emblem of Bessans a devil with 4 horns?
In 1857, a dispute arose between the priest and a mischievous cantor named Etienne Vincendet, who was no doubt a bit of a troublemaker. He sculpted a statue of a devil carrying a priest off in his arms, and left it under the priest's window. The fact remains that this strange, 4-horned devil was to become the emblem of Bessans.

Departs from: Place de la Mairie in Bessans

Total elevation gain : 170m
Altitude max : 1799m
Vertical drop : 170m


French Cycling Federation signposting

Map references

Haute Maurienne Vanoise mountain bike map sold in the Tourist Offices

Topoguides references

Haute Maurienne Vanoise mountain bike booklet sold in the Tourist Offices

Further informations

Stone, Ground, Grit

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    Free access.


    Languages spoken : French

    Period of practice

    From 15/05 to 15/10.

    Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.


    Place de la Mairie 73480 Bessans
    Departing from : Bessans (73480)
    Latitude : 45.320544 - Longitude : 6.993793

    The start of the course is located at the Place de la Mairie de Bessans, parking nearby.
    In the summer season, possibility of taking bus line S53 (Modane - Bonneval/Arc) and getting off at the "Mairie / La Poste" stop; bus equipped with a bicycle trailer every day except Saturday.

    Information update on 29/07/2022 by Communauté de communes Haute Maurienne Vanoise