Val du Fier viewpoint from Chavanne d'en Bas

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.

Technical sheet
No. 2494080
A Val-de-Fier walk posted on 28/08/19 by charentimoy. Update : 07/10/19
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h30[?]
Distance Distance : 8.08km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 500m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 504m
Highest point Highest point : 930m
Lowest point Lowest point : 458m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Jura mountains, Alps
Location Location : Val-de-Fier (74150)
Starting point Starting point : N 45.936196° / E 5.894482°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3331OT
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Description

The start is one of the two car parks in Chavanne d'en bas.

(D/A) Ascend the road for 200 meters towards Chavanne d'en haut, then turn left the rocky track next to the non-entry sign. Go through "Réservoir car park" and follow the track still going up. At the end of the track, bear right at the fork after the low wall.

(1) Turn right again at the next fork to follow the yellow arrow sign. Walk along the small meadow and the shed on your left. From the second meadow on your right, keep following the yellow arrow sign.

(2) From "la Renardière", take the steep path towards "la Mare". Pass the mountain bike grid and cross the private field to the top.

(3) From "la Mare", you can enjoy the view to Albanais' plains and Semnoz hill in the background. Continue on the left towards "la ferme du Comte", then, go down on the left along the meadow. Go through the fence and descend the path in the undergrowth. Can be very slippery during wet weather here.

(4) From "la Corbeuraz", bear left following "belvédère du mont des princes" for about 5 minutes.

(5) Once arrived at the point of view, admire Val du Fier's canyon and the river Rhône downstream Seyssel on your right. From this point, go toward "Nouvellet Godlier" and "Chavanne par croix de Chavanne" following the yellow arrow signs.

(6) From Nouvellet Godlier's intersection, bear left towards "la Renardière".

(7) Enter the meadow on your right, just after the hedge. Head the undergrowth where you can see the yellow cross sign on the tree trunk. It leads you near a small chalet on your right. Keep going down and turn left when you see a double yellow arrow sign. Then, a red sign indicates to pay attention to a small cliff edge for 500 meters. From Chappay, follow ''Panorama de la croix de Chavanne".

(8) During the descent, don't miss another nice point of view on your right, where you can admire Val du Fier and Chapelle Ruinée St-André. Eventually, take the last descent reaching to Chavanne d'en bas' car park. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Chavanne d'en bas' car park
1 : km 1.45 - alt. km 1.45 - les Grandes Ouilles
2 : km 2.45 - alt. km 2.45 - la Renardière
3 : km 3.27 - alt. km 3.27 - la Mare
4 : km 4.57 - alt. km 4.57 - la Corbeuraz
5 : km 4.96 - alt. km 4.96
6 : km 5.42 - alt. km 5.42 - Nouvellet Godlier's intersection
7 : km 5.86 - alt. km 5.86 - Enter of the meadow
8 : km 7.62 - alt. km 7.62 - Chapelle Ruinée St-André
D/A : km 8.08 - alt. km 8.08 - Chavanne d'en bas' car park

Useful Information

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