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Walking Canyon des Gueulards ( Download : )
Canyon des Gueulards
distance 8.02km Vertical gain +485m Vertical drop -478m Durée 3h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Omblèze - 26 - Drôme

A complete change of scene in this superb canyon between two narrow cliffs. An unusual place where a crevasse plunges into nowhere, with a peaceful and shady atmosphere between boulders, lichens and ferns.

Walking The Dent de Moirans ( Download : )
distance 10.71km Vertical gain +339m Vertical drop -340m Durée 4h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Montaud (Isère) - 38 - Isère

Easy walk on this “tooth” overlooking the Isère valley and offering an interesting view over the east foothills of Chartreuse.

distance 4.34km Vertical gain +85m Vertical drop -80m Durée 1h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux - 26 - Drôme

A family-friendly trail that explores the troglodyte village of Barry, one of the finest and largest in France.

Walking The Mont Grêle lookout ( Download : )
distance 14.38km Vertical gain +870m Vertical drop -870m Durée 6h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Attignat-Oncin - 73 - Savoie

The Mont Grêle lookout point and Archelle’s summit.
Mont Grêle is a peak that is visible from the valley of Chambéry and the Aiguebelette region.
It is easily spotted thanks to or because of the pylons that are installed at the top. Up close, these towers have still look great, but they do not alone justify the purpose of the tour, which is interesting because it offers views over Lake Aiguebelette and Chartreuse.

Snowshoeing The Cross on the Alp ( Download : )
distance 10.14km Vertical gain +892m Vertical drop -888m Durée 6 hrs Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Pierre-d'Entremont (Savoie) - 73 - Savoie

A lovely with snowshoes, with a beautiful view of the Alpine peaks at its height. Note that this hike can be done in all seasons.

distance 11.14km Vertical gain +820m Vertical drop -814m Durée 5h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Châtelus (Isère) - 38 - Isère

Very nice hike without any difficulty, with stunning views of the Pas des Voutes, Pas de la Charmate and Pas de l'Allier.

Walking The Grand Veymont ( Download : )
distance 20.21km Vertical gain +943m Vertical drop -942m Durée 8h30 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Agnan-en-Vercors - 26 - Drôme

A long hike across the Vercors Highlands ("Hauts Plateaux du Vercors"), to reach the Grand Veymont. Breath-taking view of the entire Vercors massif and Mont Aiguille.

Walking Around Rocher Saint-Julien ( Download : )
distance 8.54km Vertical gain +477m Vertical drop -473m Durée 3h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Buis-les-Baronnies - 26 - Drôme

From Buis-les-Baronnies, walk around the Rocher Saint-Julien enjoying the views of the Baronnies and Mont Ventoux.

distance 9.31km Vertical gain +422m Vertical drop -422m Durée 3h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Couzon-au-Mont-d'Or - 69 - Rhône

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

Walking La Clusaz - Village tour ( Download : )
distance 3.69km Vertical gain +209m Vertical drop -218m Durée 1h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in La Clusaz - 74 - Haute-Savoie

Short, easy route to discover the beautiful village of La Clusaz from different perspectives.
Follow the signs for the “Tour du Village".

Walking The Curé passage ( Download : )
distance 17.14km Vertical gain +898m Vertical drop -1296m Durée 7h30 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Beaufort (Savoie) - 73 - Savoie

Lake Gittaz and the Curé passage.

distance 20.66km Vertical gain +440m Vertical drop -439m Durée 7h10 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye - 38 - Isère

In the region famous for walnuts, along the tracks of the old tramway from Lyon to Saint-Marcellin and among various church buildings.
Magnificent panoramic views over the Chartreuse, Vercors and Mézenc mountain ranges.

distance 10.58km Vertical gain +306m Vertical drop -304m Durée 3h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Pradons - 07 - Ardèche

A hilly walk through green oaks between Pradons and Lagorce. Beautiful views of the Ardèche cliffs on the final descent.

Walking Saint-Médard Chapel ( Download : )
Saint-Médard Chapel
distance 14.54km Vertical gain +745m Vertical drop -745m Durée 6h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Piégros-la-Clastre - 26 - Drôme

This chapel is on the ridge of the Forest of Saoû, above the ruins of an old priory. At the top of the climb from La Clastre, hikers have breathtaking views of the hanging valley of Saoû.

Walking Mount Rachais from Frette ( Download : )
distance 7.5km Vertical gain +317m Vertical drop -311m Durée 3h05 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Quaix-en-Chartreuse - 38 - Isère

Mount Rachais, from the hamlet of Frette, situated on its far northern side.

The Sentier des Granges trail
distance 13.93km Vertical gain +744m Vertical drop -741m Durée 6h05 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Laboule - 07 - Ardèche

At the heart of the Monts D’Ardèche Regional Natural Park, Laboule is the ideal starting point for a walk with a variety of contrasting atmospheres. At the summit of the Sentier des Granges trail there is an unparalleled panoramic view (Mont Blanc, Mont Ventoux, Mont Bouquet, Mont Lozère...) a day’s walk across the third-highest summit of the Cévennes range (at 1,548 m) with its rocky mountains and luminous rivers.

distance 14.49km Vertical gain +490m Vertical drop -481m Durée 5h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc - 07 - Ardèche

Between Vallon-Pont-d'Arc and Saint-Remèze, this hike should be done mid-season before it become too difficult to park in "gorges de l'Ardèche" after Pont-d'Arc.The walk offers beautiful view points over the Ardèche and Tiourre valleys, the Saint-Remèze plateau then Pont-d'Arc on the trip back.

distance 9.94km Vertical gain +284m Vertical drop -292m Durée 3h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Les Déserts - 73 - Savoie

A circuit from Féclaz to the Nivolet Cross overlooking Chambéry.

distance 8.61km Vertical gain +180m Vertical drop -182m Durée 3h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Héand - 42 - Loire

Family-friendly walk in the hills of Saint-Héand among the horses and cows.

distance 12.73km Vertical gain +440m Vertical drop -438m Durée 4h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Arras-sur-Rhône - 07 - Ardèche

Hike near the Rhône, to the north of Ardèche. You will be surprised to find areas that are this "wild" so close to the Rhône Valley (Ardennes). At the end, the view of the Rhône and the Arras tower is a definite plus.

distance 12.74km Vertical gain +355m Vertical drop -348m Durée 4h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Yzeron - 69 - Rhône

A very nice circuit around the Monts du Lyonnais to explore the climbing area at Py Froid.

Himalayan footbridges of Monteynard
distance 15.3km Vertical gain +419m Vertical drop -412m Durée 5h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Treffort - 38 - Isère

This is a hike that starts with a ferry crossing.
The objective is to take the two elegant bridges.
The first bridge crosses the Drac.
The second bridge crosses the Ebron.
Satisfactory markings.

distance 10.28km Vertical gain +206m Vertical drop -200m Durée 3h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Romain-de-Lerps - 07 - Ardèche

A lovely hike offering beautiful views of the Rhône Valley, the Alps and the Ardèche. A 15-minute drive from Valence, this hike leads you around the beautiful surroundings of this small village. Note that Saint-Romain-de-Lerps is one of the classic walks in the area, because there is a beautiful lookout point with a chapel, 2 orientation tables and a picnic area alongside.

Couspeau mountain: the Grand Delmas
distance 11.76km Vertical gain +738m Vertical drop -731m Durée 5h30 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Bézaudun-sur-Bîne - 26 - Drôme

A circular walk on Couspeau mountain, with the summit of the Grand Delmas offering views over the surrounding mountains, particularly the 3 Becs.

distance 21.57km Vertical gain +707m Vertical drop -710m Durée 8h10 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Villevocance - 07 - Ardèche

Climb and ramble along the ridges above Annonay. Beautiful view of the Alps and Pilat.

distance 18.06km Vertical gain +547m Vertical drop -552m Durée 6h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Juliénas - 69 - Rhône

A hike in Beaujolais through vineyards and forests, starting from Juliénas near Belleville. This hike can be shortened or lengthened (see description).

Mount Gerbier de Jonc (1551 m), around it and up it
distance 15.77km Vertical gain +626m Vertical drop -620m Durée 6h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Sainte-Eulalie - 07 - Ardèche

This trail goes around and climbs up the Gerbier de Jonc whose summit offers a view over the Ardèche mountains.

distance 6.67km Vertical gain +167m Vertical drop -168m Durée 2h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Villeneuve-de-Berg - 07 - Ardèche

An easy family walk to the "Forêt des sens" (forest of senses), arboretum and interpretive trail created under the impetus of the municipal children's council. A few welcome benches punctuate this playful and instructive walk for all ages.

distance 6.13km Vertical gain +101m Vertical drop -103m Durée 2h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Joseph - 42 - Loire

This hike is primarily along clear paths with views over le Pilat and Sainte-Catherine. An easy trek with some slight up and downhill slopes. Be careful, as non-stone tracks can get muddy in the rainy season.

distance 6.98km Vertical gain +236m Vertical drop -241m Durée 2h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Péray - 07 - Ardèche

A ride on the peaks of the Massif de Crussol, 20 minutes from Valencia via the castle.

A loop through the Serre-Brion and Morta passes starting from Bourgmenu
distance 12.69km Vertical gain +1312m Vertical drop -1312m Durée 7h25 Very difficult Very difficult
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Andéol (Isère) - 38 - Isère

A vertiginous and rarely-taken loop, where you come across ibexes and chamois at every hairpin bend. Make sure you always have a helmet (ibexes love to send stones flying), as well as crampons and an ice axe until late in the season, as névés remain in place fairly long within the steep Serre-Brion couloir. It is best to start your hike early in the morning so that snow is still hard when reaching this couloir.

distance 12.25km Vertical gain +658m Vertical drop -658m Durée 5h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Appolinard (Loire) - 42 - Loire

Another original way to get to this beautiful viewpoint that is the Saint-Sabin chapel on a small bluff in the heart of the Pilat Park, pouring into the Rhône Valley, with some of the best views of the Alps and pre-Alps (especially across the south). At the chapel, many signs and indications tell the story of the place and its flora.

The Croix du Colomban from the Col de la Croix Fry
distance 8.46km Vertical gain +329m Vertical drop -326m Durée 5 hrs Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Manigod - 74 - Haute-Savoie

A very beautiful hike on snowshoes which takes you through completely wild areas covered in pure white snow.

distance 9.44km Vertical gain +210m Vertical drop -205m Durée 3h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Vienne (Isère) - 38 - Isère

A hike that almost exclusively uses small roads without traffic, providing a route where the paths are not an option.
We start in Vienne and experience its panoramic views of Notre-Dame de Pipet and the Vienne hills with beautiful views of the Rhône Valley and the Pilat massif at the bottom.
The return journey takes you through the homes on the Vienne heights while maintaining good views of the Viennoise hills.

distance 6.55km Vertical gain +315m Vertical drop -305m Durée 2h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Martin-en-Vercors - 26 - Drôme

A walk of discovery from Vercors in a loop between the cliffs, forest and meadow. Small height change.

Walking The "Aulp du Seuil" ( Download : )
distance 7.94km Vertical gain +832m Vertical drop -826m Durée 4h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Bernard (Isère) - 38 - Isère

The "Passage de l'Aulp du Seuil" ("Aulp du Seuil" passing): this hike is one of the most beautiful hikes of the Chartreuse massif.

distance 12.95km Vertical gain +407m Vertical drop -405m Durée 4h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Gervans - 26 - Drôme

Over the Rhone balconies between grape vines and apricot trees, with pretty little streams.

Walking The Pic Saint Michel ( Download : )
distance 8.68km Vertical gain +638m Vertical drop -639m Durée 4h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Lans-en-Vercors - 38 - Isère

This easily accessed summit is located on a ridge between the "Vallée de la Gresse" and the Vercors plateau. It offers a breathtaking view on Belledonne, Les Rousses and a bit further Les Ecrins.

Walking La Dent de Rez ( Download : )
La Dent de Rez
distance 13.39km Vertical gain +503m Vertical drop -503m Durée 5h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Gras - 07 - Ardèche

The high point of Basse-Ardèche, this promontory (719 m) offers a beautiful panorama of the Cévennes, Mont Lozère, the Alps, the Baronnies, Mont Ventoux and the Ridge of Montmirail.

distance 17.64km Vertical gain +482m Vertical drop -478m Durée 6h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Alba-la-Romaine - 07 - Ardèche

This lovely hike offers magnificent viewpoints over the Montmirail Dentelles, Mont Ventoux, the Baronnies, the Vercors, the Montagne Ardéchoise, the Coiron, the Necks of Sceautres, of Roche Chérie, of Roche, and a 360° panoramic view from the summit of Croix Juliau.
The superb medieval hamlet of Roche is well worth the detour.

distance 11.04km Vertical gain +288m Vertical drop -284m Durée 4h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Ornacieux - 38 - Isère

This route, which passes by two viewpoint indicators, offers amazing views over plaine de la Bièvre and the Vercors and the Chartreuse mountain ranges.

The roof of the Rhône: Mont Saint-Rigaud
distance 15.28km Vertical gain +513m Vertical drop -517m Durée 5h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Monsols - 69 - Rhône

A hike on the highest summit of the Rhône Department.

Saracen Caves - Ruins of Béconne
distance 6.94km Vertical gain +351m Vertical drop -344m Durée 3h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Roche-Saint-Secret-Béconne - 26 - Drôme

The Saracen Caves at the ruins of the old village of Béconne provide a short walk through the woods and fields of lavender and lead you on an enjoyable route among the vestiges of the past and let you indulge your imagination.

distance 10.07km Vertical gain +430m Vertical drop -428m Durée 4h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Thurins - 69 - Rhône

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.

Val du Fier viewpoint from Chavanne d'en Bas
distance 8.08km Vertical gain +500m Vertical drop -504m Durée 3h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Val-de-Fier - 74 - Haute-Savoie

Nice looped hiking trail mostly in the undergrowth where you can see pretty views like Val du Fier's canyon, the river Rhône downstream Seyssel or the lovely ruined Saint André's chapel overlooking Albanais' plains.

Walking Grand Colombier cross ( Download : )
distance 12.89km Vertical gain +417m Vertical drop -417m Durée 4h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Corbonod - 01 - Ain

A summit and vistas in a site dominated by pastures.

distance 9.43km Vertical gain +556m Vertical drop -552m Durée 4h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saou - 26 - Drôme

The west summit of Saou forest, which marks the beginning (or end) of this forest.

Walking The Refuge de Vallonbrun ( Download : )
distance 5.25km Vertical gain +474m Vertical drop -475m Durée 2h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Lanslevillard - 73 - Savoie

A half-day hike for intermediate walkers. You'll walk through different settings that offer a large range of Vanoise flora, while benefiting from an extraordinary view over the summits of Maurienne and the Ecrins national park.

Walking The Trois Becs ( Download : )
distance 8.77km Vertical gain +864m Vertical drop -869m Durée 5h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in La Chaudière - 26 - Drôme

Visit the Trois Becs, the high points of the Forest of Saou.
Correction: the elevation is 750 m instead of the 1071 m described.

distance 11.6km Vertical gain +281m Vertical drop -280m Durée 4h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Christo-en-Jarez - 42 - Loire

A circuit primarily on small paved and sunny roads.