From Couzon-au-Mont-d'Or to St Romain-au-Mont-d'Or via Mont Thoux

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

Technical sheet
No. 4098401
A Couzon-au-Mont-d'Or walk posted on 24/02/11 by Tamtraductions. Update : 13/08/18
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h50[?]
Distance Distance : 9.31km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 422m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 422m
Highest point Highest point : 591m
Lowest point Lowest point : 181m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Couzon-au-Mont-d'Or (69270)
Starting point Starting point : N 45.845612° / E 4.828088°
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(S/F) Start from the car park above the church below the Legrand factory.

Immediately take the street that heads straight up (rue Georges Lyvet) then take a small path to the left that goes towards a castle. Just before the castle, take the path on the right (Chemin des Vignes) which heads straight uphill to the RD90 (Route de Poleymieux).

(1)Take this road to the right and then immediately take the trail to the left (Rural Path No. 42) following it up to Route du Génie.

(2) Take it to the right. Follow this road until you get to Croix Vitaize.

(3) At Croix Vitaize take a left, along the path marked with an arrow to Mount Thoux.

(4) From Mont Thoux go down a small path to the D90 and catch up with the circuit route marked with an arrow to head back down to St. Romain-au-Mont-d'Or. At St. Romain-au-Mont-d'Or, go past the town hall and the Abode of Chaos museum and head towards the railway.

(5) Take the street along the railway tracks and then, at the second bridge (6) turn left on a small road which still runs alongside the railway which takes you back to the Couzon-au-Mont-d'Or car park (S/F).

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 188m
1 : km 0.69 - alt. 284m - D90 Route de Poleymieux
2 : km 1.52 - alt. 446m - Route du Génie
3 : km 2.8 - alt. 434m - Croix Vitaize
4 : km 4.67 - alt. 588m - Mont Thoux
5 : km 8.35 - alt. 185m
6 : km 8.65 - alt. 181m - Bridge
D/A : km 9.31 - alt. 188m

Useful Information

Descents can be slippery, do not forget walking sticks, they also are a great help for climbs.
Beware of cliffs.

Visorando 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

Automotive museum in Rochetaillée.
The banks of the river Saône and its fried food restaurants.

Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.33/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 3/5
Walk interest : 5/5

on Mon 24 Aug 2020 10:03:45 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 24/08/20
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Very good

Getting to Mount Thou was tough but rewarding and - above all - we could follow the correct route. Unfortunately it wasn't the same going back down. We couldn't find the described path to St Romain. So we ended up hiking back on a rocky, tricky path, that led us directly to Couzon au Mont d'Or again. Great hike, but the way back should be a bit better signed and safely accessible. Anyway, like this web site and will get back soon again :-)

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