The Circuit around Py Froid

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

Technical sheet
No. 4098872
A Yzeron walk posted on 26/06/13 by LB_Neil. Update : 23/04/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h40[?]
Distance Distance : 12.74km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 355m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 348m
Highest point Highest point : 795m
Lowest point Lowest point : 522m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Massif central, Monts du Lyonnais
Location Location : Yzeron (69510)
Starting point Starting point : N 45.707911° / E 4.590617°
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Park in the centre of Yzeron (S).

Take the path down to the left of the post office. Arrive at the road, at the second hairpin bend (1) turn left onto the path that serves the Cascade. Continue on this path and at the first junction turn right to ford the stream (2) then head onto a road.

The turn left, at the first intersection take the road to the right, cross the hamlet if Giraud (3) and continue on the path ahead.
Flat at first, the incline increases along a dolmen before reaching the village of Châteauvieux (4).

Take the road up to the (signposted) village of Fontrobert (5). Take the wide path westwards, reaching the edge of the D25 road (6).

Turn right on the wide path that goes through the forest to reach the Py Froid viewpoint (7).

Continue left by the trail with Yellow markings (PR) to the hamlet of Le Planil (8) and then follow the many signs for Yzeron.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 709m
1 : km 0.37 - alt. 659m - Second hairpin bend
2 : km 2.4 - alt. 532m - Ford over the Yzeron - Yzeron (rivière)
3 : km 3.23 - alt. 532m - Giraud
4 : km 6.08 - alt. 676m - Chateauvieux
5 : km 7.19 - alt. 726m - Fontrobert
6 : km 8.83 - alt. 709m - Crossroads on D25
7 : km 10.18 - alt. 762m - Py Froid viewpoint
8 : km 11.73 - alt. 728m - Le Planil
D/A : km 12.74 - alt. 709m

Useful Information

No water refill point on this route.
The Py Froid is preceded by a vast meadow popular with picnickers, especially on Sundays.

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

The Monts du Lyonnais, here in West Lyon are a beautiful undulation of valleys and peaks.
These market towns (Saint Martin en Haut, Yzeron etc.) are worth a visit.

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