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The trail of Allos Lake

The turquoise-blue jewel of the Mercantour National Park, the Allos lake is accessible via an interpretation trail. An ideal family destination, it is home to exceptional flora and fauna.

Technical sheet

   1h30 round trip
+1h flat to go around the lake.

   from 4 to 5 years old

   Difference in altitude: 240 m

   From mid-June to mid-October
Road open depending on snow conditions

   Free access
Paid parking depending on the season

You will marvel at the beauty of nature

So, why are these trees bent? What do marmots eat? The signs along the trail will allow you to answer all the questions of your little walkers. This is enough to make them forget the two climbs that precede the arrival in the grandiose mountain cirque where the turquoise waters of the lake stretch out.

  

Did you know?

The serpentine is not a reptile but the meandering stream that sparkles on the grassy plateau of Laus.

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High mountain lake

About 5 hours of hiking through the larch forests and beautiful waterfalls, a very pleasant walk around the lake, something to do…

Hiking to Allos Lake

Very nice hike that you can do with children. It takes a short walk to get to the lake. The site is magnificent, nature is truly preserved.

Wonderful

Very nice hike…it climbs at the start for 45°, but it’s worth it. Breathtaking scenery!! The tour of the lake is a must.

The lake in all its splendour

For a bird’s-eye view of the Allos Lake and the Encombrette lakes, head for the ‘Col de l’Encombrette’, an hour’s walk from the lake. Raise your eyes, the Haut Verdon unfolds its 36° panorama for you. If you want to get close to the peaks, the lake is the ideal starting point for more sporting hikes.

Adventure is Open!

3 good reasons to get up early

Walkingin the cooler!

And enjoy the beautiful morning lights that allow the reflection of the mountains in the lake waters.

Put allThe chances on your side!

Observe the wildlife that lives in these mountains.

Be sure ofEasy parking!

On the nearest car park with a limited number of places.

Additional information

For people with reduced mobility, a joëlette is available upon reservations at the tourist information office of Colmars-les-Alpes.

The lake is only accessible on foot. Access to the Laus car park, the closest to the lake, is subject to a fee and regulated. You can get there by a mountain road.

See prices and opening hours.

This car park is not accessible to motorhomes and vehicles over 2.10 m high.

See specific regulations.

If the parking lot is full, you will have to wait for places to open. You can park for free at the Cluite car park a little further down the road but the lake will then be a 4-hour round walk.

There is no shuttle bus service to Allos Lake. It is possible to order a taxi.

As in all National Parks in France, pets are not allowed.
This exceptional environment is extremely fragile, make sure to respect the regulations of national parks.
Be careful, little kids are not allowed to swim in the lake, which is very cold!

Find maps and guides at Verdon tourist information offices.

Stroller access is complicated and requires carrying, plan a baby carrier. You are more than 2,000 m above sea level, think about protecting yourself from the sun and plan what to cover yourself with if the weather changes.

Bring enough water.

Although this walk may seem easy wearing walking shoes is essential.

Don’t forget to take your binoculars.

Dry toilets are installed in the Laus parking lot and near the shelter.

Do you want to come back?

Why not a night in a shelter to contemplate the star-shaped vault as a screen and the lake towers that light up at sunrise. You’ll feel like you’ve been away for much longer and your children will feel like they’re real adventurers.

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