Croix de Saint-Philippe


Starting altitude: 1573 metres

Maximum altitude: 1706 metres

Ascent: 133 metres

Total duration: 2 hours

Start: Col de Moissière

Map: IGN 3437OT Champsaur

An easy walk with access to great views traversing the ridge from the col du Moissiere. Great for families or an evening stroll!



Starting from the car park at the Col de Moissière, follow the path on the right-hand side that takes you up to join the ridge des Aureous (sign posted Grande Randonnée (GR) 50). Follow the ridge, which will take you past a shepherds hut and a ski lift to arrive at your destination of la Croix Saint-Philippe.

The path traverses and climbs gently up to Saint-Philippe's cross and is a lovely and safe walk suitable for everyone in the family. The walk up to the top of the hill takes about an hour and you can return to your starting point by the same route. It is a great short walk to see cows and sheep graze in the fields, and if you're lucky you may even see a few marmots!

On this site, you can still see the traces of the 11th century fortified tower that once stood here in the form of a vault and a grain silo. At its peak, this observatory controlled the entirety of the surrounding area and it was the occupants of this tower who consequently built the castle of Ancelle, the lovely village located a few kilometres away.