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Walking The Trois Becs ( Download : PDF )
distance 5.45mi Vertical gain +3005ft Vertical drop -3018ft duration 4h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point 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
distance 4.98mi Vertical gain +1476ft Vertical drop -1463ft duration 3h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point 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.

Himalayan footbridges of Monteynard
distance 9.51mi Vertical gain +1375ft Vertical drop -1352ft duration 5h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point 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.

distance 6.82mi Vertical gain +1857ft Vertical drop -1837ft duration 4h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saou - 26 - Drôme

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

distance 5.39mi Vertical gain +2093ft Vertical drop -2096ft duration 4h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point 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.

Walking Païolive woods ( Download : PDF )
distance 5.69mi Vertical gain +535ft Vertical drop -512ft duration 3h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Les Vans - 07 - Ardèche

Explore a particularly interesting woods above the town of Vans.

Walking The Grand Veymont ( Download : PDF )
The Grand Veymont
distance 12.56mi Vertical gain +3094ft Vertical drop -3091ft duration 8h00 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point 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.

distance 6mi Vertical gain +669ft Vertical drop -673ft duration 3h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point 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.

distance 4mi Vertical gain +988ft Vertical drop -984ft duration 2h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point 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.

distance 6.49mi Vertical gain +810ft Vertical drop -823ft duration 3h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point 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.

distance 6.18mi Vertical gain +932ft Vertical drop -958ft duration 3h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Les Déserts - 73 - Savoie

A circuit from Féclaz to the Nivolet Cross overlooking Chambéry.

distance 4.55mi Vertical gain +1106ft Vertical drop -1053ft duration 2h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point 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.

distance 9.05mi Vertical gain +1368ft Vertical drop -1365ft duration 5h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point 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.

Walking La Dent de Rez ( Download : PDF )
La Dent de Rez
distance 8.32mi Vertical gain +1650ft Vertical drop -1650ft duration 5h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point 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.

distance 5.78mi Vertical gain +1385ft Vertical drop -1385ft duration 3h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point 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.

Walking The Dolmen path ( Download : PDF )
distance 3.04mi Vertical gain +781ft Vertical drop -797ft duration 2h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point 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.
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distance 2.69mi Vertical gain +279ft Vertical drop -262ft duration 1h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point 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.

Walking The "Aulp du Seuil" ( Download : PDF )
distance 4.93mi Vertical gain +2818ft Vertical drop -2818ft duration 4h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point 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.

Walking The Dent de Moirans ( Download : PDF )
distance 6.65mi Vertical gain +1112ft Vertical drop -1115ft duration 3h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point 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.

distance 5.17mi Vertical gain +732ft Vertical drop -732ft duration 2h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Ville-sur-Jarnioux - 69 - Rhône

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

distance 7.6mi Vertical gain +1020ft Vertical drop -1004ft duration 4h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Yzeron - 69 - Rhône

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

distance 4.26mi Vertical gain +604ft Vertical drop -574ft duration 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point 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.

Tour of Lake Paladru
distance 11.11mi Vertical gain +1473ft Vertical drop -1467ft duration 6h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point 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.

Walking Taillefer Ridge ( Download : PDF )
distance 4.47mi Vertical gain +1470ft Vertical drop -1457ft duration 3h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Duingt - 74 - Haute-Savoie

An atypical route through bushes and over the lake.

distance 6.55mi Vertical gain +1535ft Vertical drop -1526ft duration 4h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point 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.

Walking The Ibie Balconies ( Download : PDF )
distance 6.73mi Vertical gain +1188ft Vertical drop -1175ft duration 3h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc - 07 - Ardèche

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

Mount Gerbier de Jonc (1551 m), around it and up it
distance 9.8mi Vertical gain +2054ft Vertical drop -2034ft duration 6h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point 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.

distance 2.91mi Vertical gain +1089ft Vertical drop -1060ft duration 2h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Pancrasse - 38 - Isère

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

distance 5.29mi Vertical gain +1588ft Vertical drop -1608ft duration 3h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point 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.

distance 8.01mi Vertical gain +1368ft Vertical drop -1368ft duration 4h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Corbonod - 01 - Ain

A summit and vistas in a site dominated by pastures.

distance 9.47mi Vertical gain +1798ft Vertical drop -1804ft duration 5h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point 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.

distance 7.03mi Vertical gain +1864ft Vertical drop -1857ft duration 4h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point 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.

distance 9.13mi Vertical gain +1322ft Vertical drop -1322ft duration 5h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point 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 Sentier des Granges trail
distance 8.66mi Vertical gain +2441ft Vertical drop -2431ft duration 5h45 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point 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.

distance 6.92mi Vertical gain +4045ft Vertical drop -4049ft duration 6h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point 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.

distance 8.12mi Vertical gain +1608ft Vertical drop -1604ft duration 4h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Chamelet - 69 - Rhône

A lovely, easy walk through the woods above Chamelet.

Saracen Caves - Ruins of Béconne
distance 4.31mi Vertical gain +1152ft Vertical drop -1129ft duration 2h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point 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.

distance 6.39mi Vertical gain +676ft Vertical drop -656ft duration 3h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point 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.

Walking Rocher d'Abraham ( Download : PDF )
distance 8.46mi Vertical gain +3428ft Vertical drop -3432ft duration 6h25 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Mayres - 07 - Ardèche

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

distance 9mi Vertical gain +1608ft Vertical drop -1578ft duration 5h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point 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.

distance 5.17mi Vertical gain +371ft Vertical drop -374ft duration 2h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point 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!

distance 11.22mi Vertical gain +1795ft Vertical drop -1811ft duration 6h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point 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).

distance 4.07mi Vertical gain +1033ft Vertical drop -1001ft duration 2h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Martin-en-Vercors - 26 - Drôme

A walk of discovery from Vercors in a loop between the cliffs, forest and meadow. Small height change.

The Rochefort to Rontalon loop
distance 8.87mi Vertical gain +1913ft Vertical drop -1906ft duration 5h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point 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.

The roof of the Rhône: Mont Saint-Rigaud
distance 9.5mi Vertical gain +1683ft Vertical drop -1696ft duration 5h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Monsols - 69 - Rhône

A hike on the highest summit of the Rhône Department.

distance 5.86mi Vertical gain +689ft Vertical drop -673ft duration 3h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point 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.

distance 4.33mi Vertical gain +774ft Vertical drop -791ft duration 2h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Péray - 07 - Ardèche

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

Couspeau mountain: the Grand Delmas
distance 7.31mi Vertical gain +2421ft Vertical drop -2398ft duration 5h05 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point 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.

distance 7.91mi Vertical gain +1444ft Vertical drop -1437ft duration 4h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point 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.

Walking Rieussec ( Download : PDF )
distance 4.51mi Vertical gain +778ft Vertical drop -778ft duration 2h40 Extreme Extreme
Starting point Starting point 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.