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Col de la Croix-de-Fer

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Elevation profile Col de la Croix-de-Fer
1179
difficulty points
5.5%
avg. gradient
12.2%
steepest 100 meters
28.1km
length
1537m
total ascent

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Col de la Croix-de-Fer is a climb in the region Bourg d'Oisans. It is 28.1km long and bridges 1537 vertical meters with an average gradient of 5.5%, resulting in a difficulty score of 1179. The top of the ascent is located at 2067 meters above sea level. Climbfinder users shared 17 reviews/stories of this climb and uploaded 19 photos.

Road names: Avenue Samuel Pasquier & D926

This is an automatic translation, the original language is: French.
One of my favourite passes if not my favourite pass in the Alps, irregular, but fun, I climbed it this morning by the old road that goes up to Chal, then I asked if it was possible to go up to the top or if I had to go back to Turin. But in the end it climbs up to the car park at the top, although t... read more
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Col de la Croix-de-Fer from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne
This climb
Bourg d'Oisans
76 climbs
La Maurienne
66 climbs
French Alps
1174 climbs
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
1440 climbs
Alps
3169 climbs
France
5417 climbs
Europe
20708 climbs
Difficulty points
1179
HC
rank
7
27% easier than
Col du Galibier
rank
5
27% easier than
Col du Galibier
rank
25
27% easier than
Col du Galibier
rank
23
27% easier than
Col du Galibier
rank
207
rank
30
27% easier than
Col du Galibier
rank
281
Average gradient
5.5%
rank
65
44% less steep than
Oulles
rank
63
44% less steep than
Lac du Loup
rank
714
67% less steep than
Chemin des Riffroids
rank
726
67% less steep than
Chemin des Riffroids
rank
2250
79% less steep than
Muro di Cassone
rank
2237
67% less steep than
Chemin des Riffroids
rank
8426
81% less steep than
Calçada do Rêgo Lameiro
Length
28.1km
rank
5
rank
3
19% shorter than
Col du Galibier
rank
19
41% shorter than
Col de l'Iseran
rank
13
41% shorter than
Col de l'Iseran
rank
66
rank
36
41% shorter than
Col de l'Iseran
rank
151
Total ascent
1537m
rank
4
26% less ascent than
Col du Galibier
rank
3
26% less ascent than
Col du Galibier
rank
13
26% less ascent than
Col du Galibier
rank
9
26% less ascent than
Col du Galibier
rank
65
28% less ascent than
Colle del Nivolet
rank
14
26% less ascent than
Col du Galibier
rank
120
44% less ascent than
Pico Veleta

Classification

Famous climb
Beautiful scenery
Hidden gem
13 hairpin turns

Road surface condition

44% 44% 11%
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Traffic

10% 90% 0%
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Climbing times

7 km/h 04:00:27
11 km/h 02:33:01
15 km/h 01:52:12
19 km/h 01:28:35

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Reviews/stories (15)

cyclauvergne63
2 d 01:55:00 (14.6km/h)
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One of my favourite passes if not my favourite pass in the Alps, irregular, but fun, I climbed it this morning by the old road that goes up to Chal, then I asked if it was possible to go up to the top or if I had to go back to Turin. But in the end it climbs up to the car park at the top, although the road on the Glandon side is under construction due to a landslide, but it is definitely a pass that I like.

Un de mes cols préférés si ce n'est mon col fétiche dans les Alpes, irrégulier, mais marrant, je l'ai gravi ce matin par l'ancienne route qui monte au Chal, puis j'ai demandé si on pouvait monter en haut ou si il fallait faire demi tour à Turin. Mais finalement ça grimpe jusqu'au parking en haut, par contre la route côté Glandon est en travaux suite à éboulis, mais définitivement un col que j'apprécie.

arnout09
4 Mo
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Beautiful, varied and quite long climb. Breathtaking views, really beautiful. Highly recommended!

Prachtige, afwisselende en behoorlijk lange klim. Adembenemende uitzichten, echt prachtig. Een aanrader!

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sergenavetat
7 Mo
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Departure St jean de Maurienne, take direction Vallée de l'Arvan, after a right turn the slope starts immediately for 4kms goods strong then let go the road of la Toussuire on the right to take a slight descent until a bridge which spans a tributary of the Arvan.
The next 5.5km is the hardest part of the pass, averaging 8.7%, after this bump, over 2kms, several tunnels and a bridge (the road had been closed for several years on this section for repair and frankly the result is conclusive, the tunnels are wide and very well lit, even with sunglasses you can't see as if it were daylight, when you cross a bridge you can see the old road on the right... it must have been hot)
Follows a descent of 1,5kms until the bridge of Belleville then soft slope of 6kms until St Sorlin d'Arves 3 to 6% on a road with average coating, one sees the needles of Arves on the left, of which the famous head of cat, that the mountain is beautiful.
Exit the village, the road rises in an impressive way, fortunately that calms down rather quickly, attention in the first bend to take well on the right because it is deceiving one would tend to spin straight.
There are then 6kms of fairly regular slope between 7 and 9% kilometers all in twists and turns to the top. Take the opportunity to admire the plunging views of the villages below, but also the surrounding peaks. Col de la Croix de Fer 2068M, bar, restaurant, starting point for hikes.
Conclusion: the Col de la Croix de Fer from St Jean de Maurienne does not have a regular profile, there are many breaks in the slope, the 2 important passages to manage to make a good ascent are the first 4 km then the 5.5 km portion after the bridge on the Arvan tributary. The rest is a long approach to St Sorlin d'Arves before the last 6km which are steeper but winding.
The only water point I can point out is on the wall of the cemetery at the entrance to St Sorlin, in the form of a tap with a push button.

Départ St jean de Maurienne, prendre direction Vallée de l’Arvan, après un virage à droite la pente commence aussitôt pour 4kms biens costauds puis laissez partir la route de la Toussuire à droite pour prendre une légère descente jusqu’à un pont qui enjambe un affluent de l’Arvan.
Ça monte aussi sec, La portion de 5,5km à venir est la plus dure du col moyenne 8,7%, après cette bosse, sur 2kms passages de plusieurs tunnels et d’un pont ( la route avait été fermée plusieurs années sur cette portion pour réfection et franchement le résultat est concluant, les tunnels sont larges très bien éclairés, même avec les lunettes de soleil on n’y voit comme en plein jour, au passage sur un pont on aperçoit l’ancienne route sur la droite…ça devait être chaud )
Suit une descente de 1,5kms jusqu’au pont de Belleville puis pente douce de 6kms jusqu’à St Sorlin d’Arves 3 à 6% sur une route au revêtement moyen, on aperçoit les aiguilles d'Arves sur la gauche, dont la fameuse tête de chat, que la montagne est belle.
Sortie du village, la route se redresse d’une manière impressionnante, heureusement ça se calme assez vite, attention dans le premier lacet de bien prendre à droite car c’est trompeur on aurait tendance à filer tout droit.
Il reste ensuite 6kms assez réguliers d’une pente entre 7 et 9% kilométrique tout en lacets jusqu’au sommet. Profitez en pour admirer les vues plongeantes sur les villages en bas, mais aussi les sommets environnants. Col de la Croix de Fer 2068M, bar, restaurant, départ de randonnées.
Conclusion : le Col de la Croix de Fer départ St Jean de Maurienne ne présente pas un profil régulier, les ruptures de pentes sont nombreuses, les 2 passages importants à gérer pour effectuer une bonne ascension sont les 4 premiers kilomètres puis la portion de 5,5kms après le passage du Pont sur l’affluent de l’Arvan. Le reste est une longue approche jusqu’à St Sorlin d’Arves avant les 6 derniers kilomètres plus pentus mais en lacets.
Le seul point d’eau que je puisse vous indiquer se situe sur le mur du cimetière à l’entrée de St Sorlin, sous la forme d’un robinet avec bouton poussoir.

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DuklaTrencin
7 Mo
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The Croix der Fer is not as famous as the Galibier. But that's not entirely fair. In fact, both climbs are about the same length at 28km and also about the same hard and both have a big mountain village halfway up.

Der Croix der Fer ist nicht so berühmt wie der Galibier. Aber das ist nicht ganz fair. Tatsächlich sind beide Anstiege mit 28km etwa gleich lang und auch etwa gleich hart und bei beiden gibt es ein großes Bergdorf in der Hälfte der Strecke.

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Martin
9 Mo
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Very nice, long climb. Not too tough but just good for the legs. Tunnels are not long but very dark. Rear light is recommended. Fantastic views. Outward Panorama route and backward the "through" route where you can pedal nicely.

Supergave, lange klim. Niet al te pittig maar gewoon lekker de benen op spanning. Tunneltjes zijn niet lang maar wel erg donker. Achterlicht is aan te raden. Fantastische vergezichten. Heen Panorama route en terug de "doorgaande" route waar je lekker door kan trappen

HansvanWaas
9 Mo 01:49:49 (15.3km/h)
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Not to be missed climb during a holiday in the Maurienne valley. On 1/3 of the climb it is a bit tough, with a few kilometers of 11 percent average, but then the pressure off the legs in a small descent. The end of the climb consists of hairpins, which bring you to a beautiful viewpoint.

Niet te missen klim bij een vakantie in het Maurienne-dal. Op 1/3 van de klim is het even pittig, met een paar kilometers van 11 procent gemiddeld, maar daarna kan de druk van de benen in een kleine afdaling. Het slot van de klim bestaat uit haarspelden, die je naar een een prachtig uitzichtpunt brengen.

Jozef-Kempen
1 y
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Nice view during the climb. Not really difficult I think personally. At the top of the climb you will find tourists and a drink vendor if you want water.

Mooi uitzicht tijdens de beklimming. Niet echt moeilijk vind ik persoonlijk. Op de top van de beklimming vindt men toeristen en een drankverkoper als men water wil.

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KarelJan
1 y
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I did this climb 6 years ago at the Marmotte because the original route was not rideable at that time, so I took the climb via the Mollard. Because of the extra height meters (after the Mollard a descent) and scorching heat it was a battlefield. Especially the last steep part was a great climb.

Deze klim 6 jaar geleden gedaan bij de Marmotte omdat de originele route toen iet te rijden was, de klim via de Mollard genomen. Door de extra hoogte meters (na de Mollard een afdaling) en verzengende hitte was het een slagveld. Zeker het laatste steile stuk een schitterende klim.

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Jeroen
1 y
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The Col de la Croix de Fer is a climb with many faces. If you like variety in climbing, this climb is ideal. It is actually three climbing blocks with time in between to recover. For some, this is fine (like me), others prefer to climb in one go. The road surface is fantastic in some places, but in other places it is full of cracks and holes. In the village of Saint-Sorlin-d'Arves it is quite busy with tourists. Here, the climb reaches percentages of around 12% and the finale begins. At the top, you can treat yourself to good coffee and a delicious lunch.
I found the climb quite busy today, with many motorcycles and cars. Yet a truly legendary climb. Too bad that along the way a few mile markers have disappeared

De Col de la Croix de Fer is een beklimming met vele gezichten. Als je van afwisseling in het klimmen houdt is deze klim ideaal. Het zijn eigenlijk drie klimblokken met ertussen tijd om bij te komen. Voor de een is dit fijn (zoals ik), de ander klimt liever in een ruk door. Het wegdek is op sommige stukken fantastisch, op andere plekken stikt het van de scheuren en gaten. In het dorpje Saint-Sorlin-d’Arves is het vrij druk met toeristen. Hier tikt de klim ook percentages rond de 12% aan en begint de finale. Op de top kan je jezelf trakteren op goede koffie en een heerlijke lunch.
Ik vond de klim vandaag vrij druk, met veel motoren en auto’s. Toch echt een legendarische klim. Jammer dat onderweg een paar kilometerpaaltjes zijn verdwenen

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Corne
3 y
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Col de la Croix de Fer ridden three times already and it remains enjoyable. Very good running climb with occasional heavy parts above 14%. Great climb to test your climbing legs and go full speed.

Col de la Croix de Fer al drie keer gereden en het blijft genieten. Zeer goed lopende klim met af en toe zware stukken boven de 14%. Heerlijke klim om je klimbenen goed te testen en vollebak te gaan.

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Ruud
3 y
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Croix de fer from st Jean is partially closed. I think this is already a year. For the Tour de France it was open. You must detour via Col de Mollard. If you start the descent is not indicated! So you get just as 500 height meters. Part that was open is indeed not always good asphalt. So pay attention.

Croix de fer vanaf st Jean is gedeeltelijk afgesloten. Dit is volgens mij al een jaar zo. Voor de Tour de Frans was hij wel open. Je moet omrijden via Col de Mollard. Als je de afdaling start staat dit niet aangegeven! Je krijgt er dus even 500 hoogte meters bij. Gedeelte dat wel open was is inderdaad niet altijd evengoed asfalt. Opletten dus.

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Frits Stoekenbroek
3 y
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From Allemont first the Glandon, down into the valley and after the Lacets de Montvernier from Saint Jean de Maurienne up for the climb of the Col de la Croix-de-Fer. Gee, what a disappointment, already a steep climb in Maurienne and actually it does not stop, that I was there, June 27, 2018 the road workers were busy renewing the asphalt near the ski villages where now there was nothing to do, I could not even refill water :-( After a few small tunnels and the squeaking of marmots begins the final climb through a beautiful landscape. At the top you can buy coke and water. The descent is similar to the climb of the Glandon, the part of the Croix. de Fer is not so much although the reservoir is beautiful.

Vanuit Allemont eerst de Glandon, afdalen de vallei in en na de Lacets de Montvernier vanuit Saint Jean de Maurienne omhoog voor de beklimming van de Col de la Croix-de-Fer. Tjee, wat viel dat tegen, gelijk al fors klimmen in Maurienne en eigenlijk stopt het niet, dat ik er was, 27 juni 2018 waren de wegwerkers bezig met het vernieuwen van het asfalt bij de skidorpen waar nu niets te doen was, ik kon er geeneens water bijvullen :-( Na een paar kleine tunnels en het gepiep van de marmotten begint de slotklim door een prachtig landschap. Op de top kan je cola en water kopen. De afdaling is gelijk aan de klim van de Glandon, het stukje Croix. de Fer stelt niet zoveel voor alhoewel het stuwmeer er prachtig bijligt.

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Marten
4 y
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A really nasty climb. Actually starts at 29km from the top going up from the village at the roundabout. The climb would be easier if you used the intermediate sections to recover rather than trying to unload your cycling friends. The last 8km are really great!

Echt een vervelende klim. Begint eigenlijk al op 29km van de top met stijgen vanuit het dorp bij de rotonde. De klim zou makkelijker zijn als je de tussenstukken gebruikt om bij te komen in plaats van je fietsvrienden probeert te lossen. De laatste 8 km zijn werkelijk geweldig!

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Bram Bouwman
5 y
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Beautiful not too difficult climb, mainly because of a long quiet rising middle section. Then, the last 6,5 km pretty tough but oh so beautiful climb. Beautiful views and at the top it looks like you landed in a postcard. The coke and waffle taste twice as good.

Mooie niet al te moeilijke klim, dit vooral door een lange rustig oplopend middenstuk. Daarna, de laatste 6,5 km behoorlijk pittig maar o zo schitterende klim. Prachtige uitzichten en aan de top lijkt het net of je in een ansichtkaart bent beland. De cola en wafel smaken dan dubbel zo goed.

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Bram
7 y
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Col de la Croix de Fer is a beautiful, not difficult climb. Especially the side from Saint Jean de Maurienne is the 'tough' side of this col. The road surface is pretty bad near the ski villages of Saint Jean d'Arves and Saint Sorlin d'Arves.

Col de la Croix de Fer is een schitterende, niet moeilijke beklimming. Vooral de kant vanaf Saint Jean de Maurienne is de 'zware' kant van deze col. Het wegdek is overigens behoorlijk slecht in de buurt van de skidorpen Saint Jean d'Arves en Saint Sorlin d'Arves.

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