Never believe a col is easy before you have made it.
This certainly holds for the French side of
with 2744 m the third highest pass in the Alps
after the Col de l'Iseran and the Stelvio.
The first 7.5 kilometers are moderately steep (mostly 6-8%).
Towards the end of this section, at Molines-en-Queyreas,
take the road to the left to enter the valley leading towards the pass.
At 1.5 kilometers after the junction,
a relatively easy section with reduced and variable steepness begins.
Here some nice old-looking villages skirt the tranquil road.
However, the final 7 kilometers are hard
with slopes of mostly 8-9%.
In addition, here I had a strong adverse wind
on both occasions that I climbed the pass.
From the col, nearby Monte Viso (3841 m) can be seen if the weather allows.
This tour can be extended with a warming up
from the bifurcation of the D902A and the N94 near Guillestre
(difficulty 282 cep, climbing 584 m, length 25 km).