All in all it took around 2 hours to reach the lake itself, invisible until right at the last moment as we emerged into the hanging valley. The zig-zagging path was easy to follow and for the most part not too technical apart from a few rocky sections right near the top, but it was never too steep or precipitous at any point. Clouds had rolled in by now giving the water a dark, brooding look and the glacier fields beyond of the Glacier de Seguret Forant were small compared to their map outlines, sadly showing the retreat of the ice in recent years. (In fact we later saw an image from 1850 in an exhibition of the same view with the glacier piling massively into the same lake that it now sits a huge distance away from). However, these were really very minor detractions from what was an awesome, rounded glacial bowl in this remote and magical place.
As an out and back walk the descent was relatively straightforward, with Esther running most of the way down in no time at all while I came a little slower behind and arriving back into the afternoon sun that remained over Chambran until we braved once again the road back to Pelvoux and an overnight base in the village of Vallouise. Driving back down the road the afternoon light was soft and really accentuated the autumn hues of the trees that seemed even more golden and red than earlier in the day and we paused a few times just to look out on the peaks of valleys that surrounded us and reaffirm just why we had fallen in love with Ecrins so much on our previous visits.