Plateau des Glières

A short and easy walk around the informative trail about the formation of marshland and the different fauna and flora found there, followed by a visit to the monument erected to the resistance fighters who were based at the Plateau des Glieres in the latter part of WWII. The way back follows part of the historic trail and passes the place where equipment drops were housed and the site of the infirmary.

Technical sheet

A Le Petit-Bornand-les-Glières walk posted on 02/08/19 by Alwayswiththehills. Last update : 13/08/19
  • Walking
    Activity: Walking
  • ↔
    Distance: 5.62 km
  • ◔
    Calculated time: 1h45 
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    Difficulty: Easy

  • ∞
    Return to departure point: Yes
  • ↗
    Vertical gain: + 52 m
  • ↘
    Vertical drop: - 51 m

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    Highest point: 1,443 m
  • ▼
    Lowest point: 1,380 m
Exploded shell used as a bollard.
Background Info
View across the plateau to the Bornes massif
The herd coming home for milking


(S) Park at the restaurant next to the Chez la Jode farm. Take the path across the field to the track and turn left. Follow the track past the start of the wood to a signpost on the left for the 'Sentier de Découverte'

(1) Follow the well made path (wooden walkways where the ground is boggy) through the woodland. There are information boards telling you about the flora and the formation of bog terrain. The start of the walk is also a good place to pick wild bilberries/myrtille. The woodland path will bring you to a junction with a better track at (2).

(2) Turn left and follow the track passing a junction on the right (3) to a second junction where a path leads you to the Monument des Glières. This is a place of remembrance and reflection, please be respectful.

(4) From the monument, follow the track to the obvious building opposite at the Col des Glières. There are good views from here and panoramic boards name the mountains surrounding you. (5).

(5) Return to the monument and retrace your footsteps to the junction in the track at (3)

(3) Turn left and follow the trail passing information boards about the history and also geology of the plateau. You will pass Le Gérat which is the site of the infirmary used by the resistance fighters. Follow the path via a few turns to the track/road from the Cold des Glières.

(6) Turn right and follow the track/road back to the car park passing (1).


  1. S/E : km 0 - alt. 1,397 m - Chez la Jode farm
  2. 1 : km 0.42 - alt. 1,395 m
  3. 2 : km 1.82 - alt. 1,401 m
  4. 3 : km 2.26 - alt. 1,431 m
  5. 4 : km 2.4 - alt. 1,430 m - Monument des Glières
  6. 5 : km 3 - alt. 1,439 m - Col des Glières
  7. 6 : km 4.76 - alt. 1,405 m
  8. S/E : km 5.62 - alt. 1,393 m - Chez la Jode farm

Useful Information

Refreshments are available at the restaurant at the start. If you extend your walk around the plateau there are other places where refreshments are available. There are also good places to picnic.

There is a local bye-law forbidding camping, picnicking and the playing of games within 500m of the monument.

The walking is easy and can be done in training shoes.

Always stay careful and alert while following a route. Visorando and the author of this walk cannot be held responsible in the event of an accident during this route.

During the walk or to do/see around

There is lots of information on the walk but most are in French, particularly the information boards about the history and geology.

Information about the monument is multilingual.

It is worth visiting the Morette Cemetery and museum near Thrones first so that you fully understand the action that took place here during WWII and why the site is of national importance and remembrance.

The walk described here is short and there are other paths and tracks that can be explored.

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