No major difficulty on this steady climb up to the hamlet of Ecot and the ride back down should present no problems either.

21 - Cross-country - Red - Le Criou Bonneval-sur-Arc


Departing from Bonneval-sur-Arc (73480)
Average length : 01h30
Total elevation gain : 390m
Vertical drop : 390m
Signed walking trail

Once at the end of the Haute Maurienne Valley, your mountain bike won't be going any further. Take the time to visit the village of Bonneval sur Arc and marvel at its lovely mountain architecture. The itinerary starts on a gently-sloping track, continues on a section of road, and ends with an almost flat track leading to the end of the Duis Valley, close to the sources of the River Arc. On the way back, you can admire the typical houses in the hamlet of Ecot.
This is a red trail but remains accessible to intermediate mountain-bikers as the few technical bits on the singletrack section back to Bonneval are very short and can be negotiated on foot.

Departs from: Bonneval sur Arc Tourist Office

Total elevation gain : 390m
Altitude max : 2146m
Vertical drop : 390m


French Cycling Federation signposting

Difficult passages

A slightly physical climb before the Criou refuge

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

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    Free access.


    Languages spoken : French

    Period of practice

    From 01/06 to 15/10.

    Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.


    Office de Tourisme de Bonneval-Sur-Arc 73480 Bonneval-sur-Arc
    Departing from : Bonneval-sur-Arc (73480)
    Latitude : 45.373888 - Longitude : 7.052813

    The start of the route is at the Bonneval/Arc Tourist Office, car park nearby.
    In the summer season, possibility of taking bus line S53 (Modane - Bonneval/Arc) and getting off at the "Patinoire" stop; bus equipped with a bicycle trailer every day except Saturday.

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