The Dolmen path

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.

Technical sheet
A Saint-Laurent-de-Vaux walk posted on 13/09/12 by Cl.C. Update : 25/09/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h00[?]
Distance Distance : 3.04mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 781ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 797ft
Highest point Highest point : 2211ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 1476ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Massif central, Monts du Lyonnais
Location Location : Saint-Laurent-de-Vaux (69670)
Starting point Starting point : N 45.713674° / E 4.629988°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3031OT
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Parking in St Laurent-de-Vaux 69670 and La Mitonnière (next to the containers). Parking at the town hall.

In the latter, go down the stairs at the rear of the car park. On your left cross the small bridge, climb up towards la Mitonnière alongside the school. Turn to your left and continue straight on, up to the fork in the route, climbing up to Chateauvieux.

Turning right at the post, take the path through the Faix woods, with a steep drop at the beginning.

(1) 1st intersection in the direction of Dolmen.
Continue on the left, climbing upwards until you reach the Chapelle de Châteauvieux (open to visitors). From the platform, you can admire the magnificent view over the monts d'Or, Lyon and the Rhone valley.

(2) Continue on behind the Chapel on your right in the direction of Giraud.

(3) At the intersection, take the path in the direction of St Laurent-de-Vaux through the Faix woods.
This path will bring you back through the woods to where the hike started.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0
1 : mi 0.36 - alt. mi 0.36 - Towards Dolmen.
2 : mi 1.15 - alt. mi 1.15 - Châteauvieux.
3 : mi 1.78 - alt. mi 1.78 - Giraud.
D/A : mi 3.04 - alt. mi 3.04

Useful Information

Hiking boots are recommended for the stony path at the start.

Saint-Laurent-de-Vaux is currently one of the smallest municipalities in the Rhone valley.
Small municipality = small amenities.
Do not look for signposts and large car parks with defined parking spaces.
Natural site,
This is what makes it so charming!

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 3031OT.

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

During the walk or to do/see around

For the more adventurous: on arriving at the chapel of Châteauvieux, it is possible to continue along the path in the direction of Yzeron, Messimy, Thurins, Py-Froid, Saint-Martin-en-haut, Vaugneray, etc, etc.

Happy hiking!

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