Cirque de Consolation, the Roche du Prêtre and the cave

A Consolation-Maisonnettes walk posted on 16/06/14 by phlippe2552. Update : 12/08/17

A walk around the Cirque de Consolation with a thrilling variety of views and valleys. Beautiful panoramic views and bodies of water on way.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h35[?]
Distance Distance : 6.19km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 358m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 359m
Highest point Highest point : 832m
Lowest point Lowest point : 503m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Jura mountains
Location Location : Consolation-Maisonnettes (25390)
Starting point Starting point : N 47.158547° / E 6.605913°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3524OT


Parking at the Consolation site car park (S).
Exit the car park in the direction of the site, past the water mill and take the road to begin your ascent (1).
When climbing up, there is a sign on the right pointing out the Roche du Prêtre at the edge of a path, take this (2).
Having arrived at the top by the road, go ahead to the right of the restaurant to find a path with a Roche du Prêtre signboard (3).
Take this and, once you reach the top, go past the statue of the Virgin Mary and take the path left towards the zipline. Here, goover the bridge to the right and follow the path along the cliff (4). At the intersection with another path, turn left into an area with housing called la Scie above.
Here, take the path on the left, along the pasture to get to a path crossed by a wooden fence (5).
Head straight on taking the path following the signs for Roche du Prêtre, to reach the top the Roche du Prêtre and its viewpoint (6).
Then head back onto the road and, at the junction, take right heading downhill make your way back to the aforementioned wooden fence (7).
There, turn right at the sign for Consolation, ignoring the sign advising the wearing of a helmet. Follow the path along the cliff until you come to some metal stairs.
Follow the path to find a further set of metal stairs.
At the bottom, turn right on the road to get to the Consolation site, always following the directions indicated by the signs, namely towards Consolation. Head through the park to then return to the car park (F).

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 0.16 - alt. km 0.16
2 : km 0.42 - alt. km 0.42
3 : km 0.64 - alt. km 0.64
4 : km 0.8 - alt. km 0.8
5 : km 1.63 - alt. km 1.63
6 : km 3.03 - alt. km 3.03
7 : km 3.22 - alt. km 3.22
D/A : km 6.19 - alt. km 6.19

Useful Information

- Equipment is required, especially good walking shoes, and a helmet is recommended.
- Various shops in the park.
- Not suitable for children due to the two difficult sections on metal stairs, nor should it be attempted in the rain.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 3524OT.

Click here to see how to reach the starting point.

Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

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