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Best walks in Rhône Alpes

The Trois Becs
Distance8.99km Vertical gain+1109m Vertical drop-1113m Duration5h10 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in La Chaudière - 26 - Drôme

Visit the Trois Becs, the high points of the Forest of Saou.
Correction: the elevation is 750 m instead of the 1071 m described.

Canyon des Gueulards
Distance8.02km Vertical gain+450m Vertical drop-446m Duration3h20 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Omblèze - 26 - Drôme

A complete change of scene in this superb canyon between two narrow cliffs. An unusual place where a crevasse plunges into nowhere, with a peaceful and shady atmosphere between boulders, lichens and ferns.

The cliffs of Roche Colombe
Distance10.98km Vertical gain+643m Vertical drop-635m Duration4h40 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Saou - 26 - Drôme

The west summit of Saou forest, which marks the beginning (or end) of this forest.

Païolive woods
Distance9.16km Vertical gain+163m Vertical drop-156m Duration3h00 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Les Vans - 07 - Ardèche

Explore a particularly interesting woods above the town of Vans.

The Pic Saint Michel
Distance8.68km Vertical gain+638m Vertical drop-639m Duration4h00 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Lans-en-Vercors - 38 - Isère

This easily accessed summit is located on a ridge between the "Vallée de la Gresse" and the Vercors plateau. It offers a breathtaking view on Belledonne, Les Rousses and a bit further Les Ecrins.

Around Rocher Saint-Julien
Distance8.54km Vertical gain+477m Vertical drop-473m Duration3h35 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Buis-les-Baronnies - 26 - Drôme

From Buis-les-Baronnies, walk around the Rocher Saint-Julien enjoying the views of the Baronnies and Mont Ventoux.

Saint-Laurent-sous-Coiron: the learning path
Distance10.45km Vertical gain+247m Vertical drop-251m Duration3h35 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Saint-Laurent-sous-Coiron - 07 - Ardèche

A route starting at a hilltop village, Saint-Laurent-sous-Coiron, with a wonderful, panoramic 180° view over the Ardèche mountains and plains, from Villeneuve de Berg to the Col de l'Escrinet (the Cham du Cros, Rocher d’Abraham, Montagne Sainte-Marguerite, Mont Lozère). In addition, educational panels depicting the history, geology and life on the Coiron adorn this hike.

Loop on the heights of Mont Pilat
Distance9.65km Vertical gain+204m Vertical drop-205m Duration3h15 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in La Valla-en-Gier - 42 - Loire

An easy walk to enjoy as a family. Very popular in summer, it is worth the detour to admire the panoramic view over the Alps and the summits of Mont Blanc, the Lyonnais mountains and the Giers valley, the Vercors massif and those of northern Vivarais. With a wealth of flowers in spring, you can gather bilberries in August and raspberries in September. Unless you choose to go ski touring or cross-country skiing here in winter.

Himalayan footbridges of Monteynard
Distance15.37km Vertical gain+445m Vertical drop-438m Duration5h25 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Treffort - 38 - Isère

This is a hike that starts with a ferry crossing.
The objective is to take the two elegant bridges.
The first bridge crosses the Drac.
The second bridge crosses the Ebron.
Satisfactory markings.

From Couzon-au-Mont-d'Or to St Romain-au-Mont-d'Or via Mont Thoux
Distance9.12km Vertical gain+421m Vertical drop-421m Duration3h35 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Couzon-au-Mont-d'Or - 69 - Rhône

A Short yet tough hike through the Monts d'Or. Very nice in good weather and on dry ground.

The Dolmen path
Distance4.89km Vertical gain+238m Vertical drop-243m Duration2h00 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Saint-Laurent-de-Vaux - 69 - Rhône

This path is very pleasant in the Autumn, with a magnificent view of the monts d'Or, Lyon and the Rhone valley.
This route can be extended in the direction of Yzeron or Thurin.

The Grand Veymont
Distance20.21km Vertical gain+943m Vertical drop-942m Duration8h00 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Saint-Agnan-en-Vercors - 26 - Drôme

A long hike across the Vercors Highlands ("Hauts Plateaux du Vercors"), to reach the Grand Veymont. Breath-taking view of the entire Vercors massif and Mont Aiguille.

La Dent de Rez
Distance13.39km Vertical gain+503m Vertical drop-503m Duration5h00 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Gras - 07 - Ardèche

The high point of Basse-Ardèche, this promontory (719 m) offers a beautiful panorama of the Cévennes, Mont Lozère, the Alps, the Baronnies, Mont Ventoux and the Ridge of Montmirail.

The Sainte Baume gorges
Distance6.44km Vertical gain+301m Vertical drop-300m Duration2h35 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Saint-Montan - 07 - Ardèche

A splendid medieval village, a hermit and his cave, a valley in the limestone hills and the views of the Rhône Valley and Mont Ventoux.
Prepare yourself for a nice, family-friendly hike, which will suit everyone.

The troglodyte village of Barry
Distance4.34km Vertical gain+85m Vertical drop-80m Duration1h25 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux - 26 - Drôme

A family-friendly trail that explores the troglodyte village of Barry, one of the finest and largest in France.

The Tours de César circular walk
Distance7.32km Vertical gain+337m Vertical drop-321m Duration2h55 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Saint-Germain-la-Chambotte - 73 - Savoie

A loop above lake Bourget for a late afternoon walk.
A walk amid historical sites and beautiful viewpoints.

The Nivolet Cross circuit from Feclaz
Distance9.94km Vertical gain+284m Vertical drop-292m Duration3h30 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Les Déserts - 73 - Savoie

A circuit from Féclaz to the Nivolet Cross overlooking Chambéry.

The Circuit around Py Froid
Distance12.23km Vertical gain+311m Vertical drop-306m Duration4h15 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Yzeron - 69 - Rhône

A very nice circuit around the Monts du Lyonnais to explore the climbing area at Py Froid.

Taillefer Ridge
Distance7.19km Vertical gain+448m Vertical drop-444m Duration3h05 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Duingt - 74 - Haute-Savoie

An atypical route through bushes and over the lake.

The "Aulp du Seuil"
Distance7.94km Vertical gain+859m Vertical drop-859m Duration4h20 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Saint-Bernard (Isère) - 38 - Isère

The "Passage de l'Aulp du Seuil" ("Aulp du Seuil" passing): this hike is one of the most beautiful hikes of the Chartreuse massif.

A loop hike from col du Chatoux in the Haut Beaujolais region
Distance14.56km Vertical gain+417m Vertical drop-416m Duration5h10 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Sainte-Paule - 69 - Rhône

From Col du chatoux (or col du Chêne), this hike goes through woods along the ridge line offering wonderful views:
-over the Saône and eastern Beaujolais valleys
- over Azergues Valley to the west.

The Dent de Moirans
Distance10.71km Vertical gain+339m Vertical drop-340m Duration3h50 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Montaud (Isère) - 38 - Isère

Easy walk on this “tooth” overlooking the Isère valley and offering an interesting view over the east foothills of Chartreuse.

Piégon and the Giants’ hamlet
Distance10.54km Vertical gain+468m Vertical drop-465m Duration4h05 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Piégon - 26 - Drôme

In the mountains of the Baronnies, imagine a lost hamlet inhabited by giants... Skeletons with very long shins were found in the crypt of the chapel. They are the source of the name of the locality.

A walk between the Châtoux and the Joncin mountain passes
Distance8.32km Vertical gain+223m Vertical drop-223m Duration2h55 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Ville-sur-Jarnioux - 69 - Rhône

A scenic walk between the mountain passes of Col du Châtoux and Col du Joncin.

Tour of Lake Paladru
Distance17.88km Vertical gain+449m Vertical drop-447m Duration6h10 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Charavines - 38 - Isère

A day's walk, quite lovely and varied. You start by going through the Grand Platon Forest, then going along the south-east bank of the lake with beautiful views over the lake. You change banks and go along the Feydelière and Véronnière marshes ('Marais' - protected sites). The return is via the north-west bank of the lake with beautiful views over Chartreuse and, if the weather is clear, Mont Blanc.

The Crêt du Nu / Retord Plateau
Distance14.69km Vertical gain+403m Vertical drop-403m Duration5h10 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Hotonnes - 01 - Ain

An easy loop along Retord Plateau taking you past the "Gouffre de la Bauche" sinkhole and the "Crêt du Nu" viewpoint.

The Ibie Balconies
Distance10.83km Vertical gain+362m Vertical drop-358m Duration3h55 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc - 07 - Ardèche

A walk amid holm oaks along the capricious Ibie river, whose water doesn’t always flow overground.

The Cuves de Duzon, a geological curiosity
Distance8.52km Vertical gain+484m Vertical drop-490m Duration3h35 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Tournon-sur-Rhône - 07 - Ardèche

A nice family-friendly walk in the forest which starts from Duzon bridge leading to a galaxy of stones at the Cuves de Duzon, a geological curiosity. The river has effectively bored out several “cauldrons" and flows through a narrow crevice that the path follows.

The peak of Chenavari
Distance15.24km Vertical gain+548m Vertical drop-550m Duration5h40 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Meysse - 07 - Ardèche

A beautiful hike with a great diversity of the volcanic Coiron landscape. The top of this volcanic peak offers a view over the Castle of Rochemaure and the Rhône Valley, the Lavezon valley, the Baronnies, Mont Ventoux, and the Vercors.

From Crêt de l’Oeillon to Crêt de la Perdrix
Distance6.86km Vertical gain+184m Vertical drop-175m Duration2h25 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Véranne - 42 - Loire

An easy hike along the ridges of Pilat linking three major summits, via trails through forests and moors. Along the way we discover magnificent views of the Alps, the Massif Central and the Rhône Valley.

Vercors Chatelus: Pas des Voutes, Pas de l'Allier
Distance11.29km Vertical gain+1248m Vertical drop-1249m Duration6h10 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Châtelus (Isère) - 38 - Isère

Very nice hike without any difficulty, with stunning views of the Pas des Voutes, Pas de la Charmate and Pas de l'Allier.

Vallon de Combau - Tête Chevalière, Vercors
Distance8.97km Vertical gain+576m Vertical drop-371m Duration3h55 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Treschenu-Creyers - 26 - Drôme

A hike in Drôme and Isère, but starting from the Vercors drômois side.

The Vallon de Combau and the Tête Chevalière at 1951m. A panoramic view over the Trièves valley.
During the months of May and June, the Vallon du Combau is must-visit destination, where you can enjoy the flora and fauna, particularly marmottes.
A relatively easy hike up to the Pas de l'Essaure pass, then a little more difficult.

Rocher d'Abraham
Distance13.65km Vertical gain+1044m Vertical drop-1045m Duration6h25 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Mayres - 07 - Ardèche

You are at the heart of the Ardèche. View of the Cevennes and the Gerbier de Jonc.

Saracen Caves - Ruins of Béconne
Distance7.01km Vertical gain+382m Vertical drop-380m Duration2h55 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Roche-Saint-Secret-Béconne - 26 - Drôme

The Saracen Caves at the ruins of the old village of Béconne provide a short walk through the woods and fields of lavender and lead you on an enjoyable route among the vestiges of the past and let you indulge your imagination.

Mount Gerbier de Jonc (1551 m), around it and up it
Distance15.77km Vertical gain+626m Vertical drop-620m Duration6h00 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Sainte-Eulalie - 07 - Ardèche

This trail goes around and climbs up the Gerbier de Jonc whose summit offers a view over the Ardèche mountains.

Chames Patroux along "ruisseau du Tiourre" (stream) and through Combe Longue for the trip back
Distance14.49km Vertical gain+490m Vertical drop-481m Duration5h20 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc - 07 - Ardèche

Between Vallon-Pont-d'Arc and Saint-Remèze, this hike should be done mid-season before it become too difficult to park in "gorges de l'Ardèche" after Pont-d'Arc.The walk offers beautiful view points over the Ardèche and Tiourre valleys, the Saint-Remèze plateau then Pont-d'Arc on the trip back.

The Sentier des Granges trail
Distance13.93km Vertical gain+744m Vertical drop-741m Duration5h45 Difficult Difficult
DepartureDeparture in Laboule - 07 - Ardèche

At the heart of the Monts D’Ardèche Regional Natural Park, Laboule is the ideal starting point for a walk with a variety of contrasting atmospheres. At the summit of the Sentier des Granges trail there is an unparalleled panoramic view (Mont Blanc, Mont Ventoux, Mont Bouquet, Mont Lozère...) a day’s walk across the third-highest summit of the Cévennes range (at 1,548 m) with its rocky mountains and luminous rivers.

Couspeau mountain: the Grand Delmas
Distance11.76km Vertical gain+738m Vertical drop-731m Duration5h05 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Bézaudun-sur-Bîne - 26 - Drôme

A circular walk on Couspeau mountain, with the summit of the Grand Delmas offering views over the surrounding mountains, particularly the 3 Becs.

Mont Pravouta and Col des Ayes
Distance4.69km Vertical gain+332m Vertical drop-323m Duration2h10 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Saint-Pancrasse - 38 - Isère

Short family-friendly walk with a magnificent view, manageable on foot or on snowshoes.

Grand Colombier cross
Distance12.9km Vertical gain+417m Vertical drop-419m Duration4h40 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Corbonod - 01 - Ain

A summit and vistas in a site dominated by pastures.

Beautiful views around Saint-Romain-de-Lerps
Distance10.28km Vertical gain+206m Vertical drop-200m Duration3h25 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Saint-Romain-de-Lerps - 07 - Ardèche

A lovely hike offering beautiful views of the Rhône Valley, the Alps and the Ardèche. A 15-minute drive from Valence, this hike leads you around the beautiful surroundings of this small village. Note that Saint-Romain-de-Lerps is one of the classic walks in the area, because there is a beautiful lookout point with a chapel, 2 orientation tables and a picnic area alongside.

An after-dinner walk in the Massif de Crussol
Distance6.98km Vertical gain+236m Vertical drop-241m Duration2h35 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Saint-Péray - 07 - Ardèche

A ride on the peaks of the Massif de Crussol, 20 minutes from Valencia via the castle.

Snowshoes on the Glières Plateau
Distance10.06km Vertical gain+334m Vertical drop-342m Duration4h Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Thorens-Glières - 74 - Haute-Savoie

Snowshoe circuit on the vast Glières Plateau.
Besides the historical aspect, the Glières Plateau is interesting to visit because the mountains that surround it are strong points of reference.

Around Juliénas in Beaujolais
Distance18.06km Vertical gain+547m Vertical drop-552m Duration6h30 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Juliénas - 69 - Rhône

A hike in Beaujolais through vineyards and forests, starting from Juliénas near Belleville. This hike can be shortened or lengthened (see description).

The heights of Vienne by small roads for wet days
Distance9.44km Vertical gain+210m Vertical drop-205m Duration3h10 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Vienne (Isère) - 38 - Isère

A hike that almost exclusively uses small roads without traffic, providing a route where the paths are not an option.
We start in Vienne and experience its panoramic views of Notre-Dame de Pipet and the Vienne hills with beautiful views of the Rhône Valley and the Pilat massif at the bottom.
The return journey takes you through the homes on the Vienne heights while maintaining good views of the Viennoise hills.

Circular hike in the Chamelet woods
Distance13.07km Vertical gain+490m Vertical drop-489m Duration4h55 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Chamelet - 69 - Rhône

A lovely, easy walk through the woods above Chamelet.

The Terres Rouges and Les Revolets
Distance8.32km Vertical gain+113m Vertical drop-114m Duration2h40 Easy Easy
DepartureDeparture in Châlons - 38 - Isère

A short, easy and enjoyable stroll. You will walk alongside ponds, cross through woods on wide, pleasant paths (which can sometimes be a bit muddy...). The peaks of Pilat are visible in the distance. Thanks to Marc for this walk!

The Rochefort to Rontalon loop
Distance14.27km Vertical gain+583m Vertical drop-581m Duration5h30 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Saint-Martin-en-Haut - 69 - Rhône

A beautiful circular walk through the varied and undulating landscapes of this part of the Monts du Lyonnais, taking you through the pretty, shady valley of the Bâtie stream and along the Rontalon botanical trail. The route follows an old railroad track from the early twentieth century, before climbing up through a Mediterranean style forest and past some market gardens. End by visiting the medieval village of Rochefort where you can visit the remains of the keep and the chapel.

Vallon d'Ardennes and the Tower of Arras in Arras-sur-Rhône
Distance12.73km Vertical gain+440m Vertical drop-438m Duration4h40 Average Average
DepartureDeparture in Arras-sur-Rhône - 07 - Ardèche

Hike near the Rhône, to the north of Ardèche. You will be surprised to find areas that are this "wild" so close to the Rhône Valley (Ardennes). At the end, the view of the Rhône and the Arras tower is a definite plus.

Distance7.26km Vertical gain+237m Vertical drop-237m Duration2h40 Extreme Extreme
DepartureDeparture in Salavas - 07 - Ardèche

From the banks of Ardèche, to the balconies of Salavas, but fairly challenging in the bed of Rieussec. There are stringing points.
ATTENTION: Some sections can quickly become very dangerous for hikers who are ill-equipped or not trained for this kind of more technical hike. Therefore, please take care.

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