The Chiloza falls

A wander among the underbrush along the Couze Pavin, from bank to bank, flowing in cascades.

Technical sheet
A Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise walk posted on 14/09/12 by MALRIF. Update : 17/09/18
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h40[?]
Distance Distance : 2.98mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 459ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 459ft
Highest point Highest point : 3255ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 2782ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Massif central, Monts Dore
Location Location : Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise (63610)
Starting point Starting point : N 45.517903° / E 2.93996°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 2432ETR
Download : -
Gushing waterfall

Description

Access: At the end of the little road to the right after entering the winter camping site (the latter is at the exit agglomeration of Besse-en-Chandesse on the road to Murol and is well marked with a large sign). Park in the car park near the shed.

Start: At the house before the shed, take the path that begins along the gable of the house (to ensure that you are on the right path, check the small wooden sign for the waterfalls that is at foot of the trees to the left of the trail).

The trail then runs along the camping site. Reach the football field (1). Walk along it on its left and cross the D978 to head right along a road leading to the rubbish tip. Go past the treatment plant (2), following the left bank of the Couze Pavin, flowing in a succession of waterfalls over 400 metres.

Cross the couze over the bridge (3) and immediately take a path up towards Les Carnians. At the next intersection, turn right towards the Thiaulaire. (Discovery Trail) At the fork at the entrance to the hamlet, continue straight on the road.

Turn left on the D149 then immediately cross it to take the road right to the roundabout (4). Continue across the bridge returning to the starting point after entering the winter camping site (5).

N.B. Couze is an Auvergne word that can be translated as torrent.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0
1 : mi 0.25 - alt. mi 0.25 - football field
2 : mi 0.59 - alt. mi 0.59 - purification plant
3 : mi 1.14 - alt. mi 1.14
4 : mi 2.71 - alt. mi 2.71
5 : mi 2.81 - alt. mi 2.81
D/A : mi 2.98 - alt. mi 2.98

Useful Information

A fairly rugged trail, sometimes difficult along the couze, wear good walking shoes.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 2432ETR.

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

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.49/5
Number of opinions : 81
Description quality : 4.49/5
Routemap quality : 4.5/5
Walk interest : 4.48/5


Walker
on Mon 01 Jul 2019 10:35:01 CEST

Global average : 3.33 / 5

Date of walk : 26/06/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Average

Bit disappointed with this walk. Finding the start point was not easy, the description is not very clear - it is the small road AFTER the caravan site. The walk to the falls does, as described, take you past a refuse & recycling plant, then a water treatment plant - neither too pleasant at 38C temperatures.
The walk down to and along the falls is quite difficult - I imagine it would be quite treacherous if wet, and then we were attacked by hordes of flies on the return loop!

Other walks in the area

distance 4.85mi Vertical gain +732ft Vertical drop -735ft duration 2h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

A Grand Tour of the beautiful and mysterious Lac Pavin, passing by the Puy de Montchal and the Creux de Soucy chasm.

distance 7.32mi Vertical gain +1053ft Vertical drop -1040ft duration 4h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Chambon-sur-Lac - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

A circuit that forms a figure of 8 around Lac Chambon, with panoramic views of the lake and the Sancy range, the Valley of Chaudefour and a section through Murol via its castle.

Puy de Sancy through the Chaudefour valley
distance 10.16mi Vertical gain +2956ft Vertical drop -2963ft duration 6h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Chambon-sur-Lac - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

The very secretive and beautiful Chaudefour valley is a classified natural site, closed up by the steep contours of a glacial cirque. Peaks, needles, plumbs are as many natural defences for an intact and preserved valley.

distance 4.15mi Vertical gain +1726ft Vertical drop -1726ft duration 3h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Mont-Dore - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

A very beautiful hike in a conservation area.

distance 8.6mi Vertical gain +3025ft Vertical drop -3025ft duration 6h10 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Mont-Dore - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

A trip to highest point of the Massif Central.

distance 8.06mi Vertical gain +1161ft Vertical drop -1152ft duration 4h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Orcival - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

A hiking trail in the Auvergne summer pastures, on a summit overlooking the spa resort of La Bourboule.

Puy de Lassolas and Puy de la Vache
distance 2.68mi Vertical gain +722ft Vertical drop -702ft duration 1h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Genès-Champanelle - 63 - Puy-de-Dôme

A short hike to climb two volcanoes with their typical open craters to delight amateur geologists and curious hikers. A beautiful view from the top of the Puy de Lassolas on over the Chaîne des Puys to the north and Monts Dore to the south.

For more walks, use our search engine.

The GPS track and description are the property of the author.