In the land of the red monks

Equipment : Pedestrian sports, Hiking itinerary

Between Vif and Vizille, facing the Vercors, it is on the commune of Champ-sur-Drac that this hike, without technical difficulty, takes us. The ruins of the priory of Saint-Michel-du-Connexe, or convent of the Red Monks, are without question a must-see.

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From the Saint Blaise chapel (alt. 320 m), continue on foot on the road towards Champ-sur-Drac Village noted at 150 m. At the stop sign, turn left, and take the direction of Saint-Sauveur by the "rue des Fontaines". These are the
yellow markings that will guide your steps throughout this hike. At the fork Les Ermes (alt. 340 m), follow the road to Saint-Sauveur in the direction of the Grande Boyne, noted at 810 m. Pass on the asphalt the entry sign
on the town of Notre-Dame-de-Mésage, to arrive at the Grande Boyne (alt. 420 m). You then leave the road to take the path on the right towards the Saint-Michel priory, a path with a beautiful arboretum. The path rises quickly at first, then continues its ascent rather in crossing until reaching Champ Garo (alt. 550 m). Continue upstream in the direction of the priory, and look for a wooden sign indicating the Saint-Michel monastery on the right. Go back and forth to admire the view and the ruins of the priory. Back on the upper path, continue your ascent to quickly reach the junction of the Saint-Michel priory (alt. 618 m). Continue to the left in the direction of Hauts des Tillerets, where for a little more than a kilometer a ramp raises you 350 m and leads to the forest track. You have arrived : Hauts des Tillerets (alt. 960 m). Take the track on the left to go down towards the springs. At the springs (alt. 850 m), take the path on the left of the track, towards Saint-Sauveur. You go down continuously until you reach the road at Saint-Sauveur (alt. 470 m) (attention: blackened directional signs) where you turn left on the "route de Champ". This road takes you to La Grande Boyne, then to Champ-Sur-Drac Village by the same route you took on the way to the village. You find your starting point.

Points of interest :
- The village of Champ-sur-Drac
- The priory of Saint-Michel-du-Connexe
- The view from the priory on the Vercors
- The view from the priory on the Drac
- The arboretum


Free access.

Opening periods

All year round.

Equipments and characteristics

  • Pets allowed


PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: line 70 (Flexo), Grand Verger stop (you must then walk to Champ-sur-Drac Village to start the hike)
PARKING : at the entrance of Champ-sur-Drac Village

  • Latitude: 45.069402
  • longitude: 5.731518


  • Mountain location
  • Close to a public transportation
  • Forest location
  • Village 2 km away

Track characteristics

10 km
Positive level difference:
700 m
Daily duration:
4h 30min
Level red – hard