A loop hike from col du Chatoux in the Haut Beaujolais region

A Sainte-Paule walk posted on 26/02/16 by Les Vig. Update : 22/01/18

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.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 5h10[?]
Distance Distance : 9.05mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1368ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1365ft
Highest point Highest point : 2828ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 2005ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Massif central, Beaujolais
Location Location : Sainte-Paule (69620)
Starting point Starting point : N 45.988699° / E 4.565296°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 2930ET


Car park at col du Châtoux or col du Chêne on the right-hand side coming from Saule d'Oingt (avoid using the restaurant car park on the left, or ask for permission!).

(S/F) To the right-hand side of the pass coming from Saule d'Oingt, take the GR76 waymarked Red and White heading up through the woods due north-west it's the first trail to the left-hand side of the road). You'll reach fontaine des Ânes crossroads.

(1) Keep heading straight along the GR76 reaching a viewpoint indicator.

(2) Head north-north-east downhill reaching a 5 path crossing at the bottom.

(3) Keep heading straight along the GR76 reaching a trail crossing.

(4) Carry on, slightly to the right, keeping to the GR76, reaching Saint-Cyr-le-Chatoux.

(5) Don't enter the village, instead, take the hairpin turn left onto the forest trail. Remain on the forest trail reaching another trail crossing.

(6) Keep to the forest trail which turns on the other side, ignore a large path on the right and reach "la source de Font Froide".

(7) Carry on along the path heading south-west.

(8) When la Cantinière hamlet is within sight, leave the trail to take the path heading uphill on the left-hand side.

(9) Cross the D116 (be careful), go twenty odd metres to the right then head on the road below to the left towards la Bonnaire.

(10) At la Bonnaire, go across the farm at the end of the road (potentially muddy) and continue on the path at the other end. Keep going straight until Col du Joncin.

(11) Cross the road taking the path on the other side (hiking signpost) going along the D116 towards Châtoux.

(12) When you get to the Châtoux signpost in a left-hand turn on the D116, take the road below on the right which goes through a "lieu-dit".

(13) Coming out of the "lieu-dit", in front of a stone house in a curved corner, leave the road, which turns slightly to the right and head along the path going uphill to the left-hand side of the house.

(14) At the crossroads, go left reaching your starting point at Col du Châtoux (S/F).

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0
1 : mi 0.48 - alt. mi 0.48 - Fontaine des Anes
2 : mi 1.61 - alt. mi 1.61 - Viewpoint indicator + picnic tables
3 : mi 1.94 - alt. mi 1.94 - Straight along the GR76
4 : mi 2.68 - alt. mi 2.68 - Slightly to the right on the GR76
5 : mi 3.13 - alt. mi 3.13 - Leave the GR76, take the forest trail on the left
6 : mi 4.65 - alt. mi 4.65 - Keep to the forest trail on the other side
7 : mi 5.43 - alt. mi 5.43 - "Source de Fontfroide" with memorial stone
8 : mi 6.39 - alt. mi 6.39 - La Cantinière uphill (path on the left)
9 : mi 6.87 - alt. mi 6.87 - D116, head left towards la Bonnaire
10 : mi 7.11 - alt. mi 7.11 - Go across la Bonnaire
11 : mi 7.65 - alt. mi 7.65 - Col du Joncin, cross, path on the other side
12 : mi 8.67 - alt. mi 8.67 - D116, go right towards le Châtoux
13 : mi 8.77 - alt. mi 8.77 - Uphill path outside the village
14 : mi 8.98 - alt. mi 8.98 - Crossroads, go left
D/A : mi 9.05 - alt. mi 9.05

Useful Information

(2) Picnic area with view!
(7) Source de Font Froide, drinkable water.

(4) Potential short cut taking the path on the left (not marked) which links to (6).

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 2930ET.

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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