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Le Goléon

Altitude: 2 500 m

Open: All year with prior booking.
Departure point: Les Hières hamlet (La Grave)
Height gain: 650 m
Time 2½ hour
Difficulty Easy walking
Number of places: 18
Hut keeper: Guy Berthet
Owner: Guy Berthet

The refuge

Refuge du Goleon

Getting there:

The route to the lake is very clear, since the track is obvious.

Park at Les Hières and cross the lovely hamlet of Valfroide, where many houses still have stone roofs. Then follow the path up along the right-hand bank of the Maurian mountain stream.
From the car park, take the path that follows the right-hand side of the Maurian mountain stream.

The path gently climbs through a large field and then becomes gradually steeper over the rock sill. You’ll have then to continue zigzaging. After skirting round some rocky outcrops, you’ll reach the top of the rock sill, which marks the beginning of the valley sheltering the lake and the refuge of Goléon.

You then join the refuge (on your left) in a few minutes, among the alpine pasture.


A word form the hut keeper


Near to the Lac du Goléon and with a gorgeous view over the glaciers of La Meije (3 987m), it is one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Alps. My favourite activities: fishing for trout and salmon trout in the lake … or doing nothing and admiring the view!

Guy Berthet


From the hut:

  • Glacier du Goléon (3 000m) : 2 ½ hours – easy – path with cairns.
  • Col Lombard (3 092m) 2 ½ hours – not difficult – path with cairns.
  • Cruq des aiguilles (2589m) : 45 min from the refuge.
Ski touring
  • Aiguille du Goléon (3 427m) : 3hours
  • Aiguille d’Argentière (3237m) : 3hours
  • Col Lombard (3092m)
  • Col du Goléon (2873m)
Refuge du Goléon

Refuge du Goléon