A Short yet tough hike through the Monts d'Or. Very nice in good weather and on dry ground.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(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).
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
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.
Automotive museum in Rochetaillée.
The banks of the river Saône and its fried food restaurants.
Global average : 4.33/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 3/5
Walk interest : 5/5
Global average : 4.33 / 5
Date of walk
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 :-)
In addition to being a nice hike, this circuit is interesting because throughout the trail signs provide educational information on the fauna and flora, tree species etc. It also helps hikers discover the local agricultural heritage that is everywhere so close to Lyon.
This fairly easy circuit from Saint-Laurent-de-Vaux will take you on a pleasant trail mainly in the forest. If the weather is clear, the view from the Plat Saint-Romain plateau offers a panoramic view of the Alps.
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.
A very nice circuit around the Monts du Lyonnais to explore the climbing area at Py Froid.
Varied itinerary: Forest on the climb toward the Crêt de Py Froid then at the start of the descent. The landscape opens out on the descent, becoming more rural. A little walking on the road.
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.
A scenic walk between the mountain passes of Col du Châtoux and Col du Joncin.
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.
For more walks, use our search engine.
The GPS track and description are the property of the author.