You are in the heart of a region where there is a variety of hikes, and you will surely find one at your level.
A vast network of hikes starting from the Grand Colombier pass adapted to all hikers.
Many free applications : visorando, cirkwi, ign propose you beautiful walks around the campsite.
From the shores of Lake Bourget to the Retord plateau via the summits, the marked trails allow you to explore the natural riches of the area on foot.
The mountains are beautiful on foot!
It’s time to leave the campsite, put on your shoes and follow the paths, here is a selection of beautiful hikes.
Our 10 most beautiful hikes: lakes, waterfalls, cascades, meadows covered with flowers
1/ the most refreshing
An easy walk, ideal when the weather is hot, the walk is almost exclusively in the forest along the river Arène.
Head for the village of Virieu le Grand, a charming Bugist village with narrow streets at the foot of the Sérémond forest. After parking your vehicle, you enter the forest and quickly this path leads you to the bridge of charmilles and then to the waterfall of Clairefontaine. This bucolic landscape will allow you to bask in the sun, and to take the path in the opposite direction along the river.
The trail climbs steeply at times and requires good footwear. But afterwards you will walk in the forest, and you will be able to admire the richness of the undergrowth. You will be able to cross the river, but beware of the moss and pebbles that can make you slip.
After a short passage in the clearing, you will arrive in front of the Niaz waterfall. It is impressive. The waterfall and its flow in case of heavy rain impresses. You can step over it and arrive at the foot of the waterfall. A last look at this site and you will leave in the opposite direction, you will have to join the path for the return.
More information: bugeysud-tourisme.fr/
2/ the sportiest: the Roche Percée
If you are looking for endurance and effort, then this is the hike for you.
At the start of the village of Béon, you can park your vehicle and enter the forest, quickly you will feel your calves pulled and the effort will become intense, the heart palpitates.
This passage is sporty because the difference in altitude is more than 14%. You will reach a rock arch: the pierced rock.
This stony, rocky landscape makes a nice transition to the forest you just crossed.
More information : www.visorando.com/randonnee-boucle-par-la-roche-percee-et-the-belvede
3/ the most spiritual. The Arvière site and the integral biological reserve
This site has a little Canadian feel to it. You enter the state forest of Lochieu, a natural site. Located on the Grand Colombier massif between 1100 m and 1400 m, this site has the particularity of being easily accessible for young children.
You can park your car in the car park managed by the ONF (national forestry organisation). The path which starts, will lead you to site of ArvièreThe river that runs alongside it bears the same name. The biodiversity of this environment makes the ecosystem fragile, you will arrive at a hostel where you can discover good local dishes and the very good blueberry pie. You will discover the ruins of the Carthusian monastery of Arvière but also the ethnobotanical garden. The trail will lead you to a lookout point.
You have the possibility at the beginning of the carpark towards the right, which enables you to discover the claw of the Devil, you will be able to see chamois, about fifty species live in the solid mass, one also finds small owls tergnal, of many insects, hunting is practised with a bow
More information: www.ain.fr/sites-naturels-arviere
4/ the most panoramic
An unmissable hike starting from the campsite. The trail starts towards the Fierloz massif then you will cross the village of Belmont Massignieu. This village has many fountains, wash houses and watering holes which in the past were used for washing clothes and watering animals.
You will climb the Bavoisière and arrive at the Cerveyrieu waterfall, a 67-metre waterfall. This site is now classified as a sensitive natural area, you will have a magnificent view from the belvedere.
Limestone slabs are intermingled and cracks caused by erosion and water runoff make the site slippery. The river at this place has caused canyons, potholes.
A last look at the Fierloz and the castle at its feet, you will leave by taking the goulet of the wolf, and will arrive at the campsite. This walk is 5 km long and requires 1h30 of walking.
5/ the most cultural (4 natural sites)
After accessing the Cerveyrieu waterfall, you will discover the village of Vieu on foot. The church bears witness to the richness of the past, as ancient Roman baths were located there.
You can discover the site of Adoue: its chapel and its washhouse then the source of the groin. On the way back you will pass the Devil’s Chasm.
This 10 km walk, nicknamed the pearls of the Valromey, is family friendly. A map can be lent to you at the reception desk free of charge to help you find your way around more easily.
10Km of effortless walking.
6/ the most animal-oriented: the Lavours marsh trail
You will park in Aignoz, a beautiful village that has kept its charm with the houses with lauze roofs. The animals of the marsh farm will be present to welcome you. A trail on stilts of 1h 30 mn will allow you to discover the site. Numerous interpretation panels and observation posts will explain the richness of the fauna.
Open all year round, with a surface area of 474 hectares, the melting of the Rhone glacier led to the creation of a huge lake fed by the Séran and the Rhone, which gradually filled up and gave way to the Lac du Bourget.
The slow transformation of plant debris created peat.
Come and discover this marsh with your family thanks to the permanent and temporary exhibitions.
More information: www.reserve-lavours.com
7/ the most spectacular: the Grand Colombier pass – the Scioux circuit
Arrived at the top of the col du grand Colombier at 1547 m, you can take the yellow marked circuit, you will cross the forest then you will reach the pass of Charbemènes (1317m) then the cross of the big Colombier (1498 m) to return to the carpark of the Sapette.
A walk with some difficulties of 12,5 km, for a difference in altitude of 470 m.
More information: bugeysud-tourisme.fr/
8/ the most original: the Retord plateau
Little known, far from the crowds, this site has no less than 150 km of marked trails and is a paradise for Nordic skiing in winter. The departure is from the Maison des Plans (tourist office, 1,038 metres). You take the road for about a hundred meters to leave it at a cross, opposite the tennis courts. The path, marked out in yellow and red, indicates “Grange d’en Haut, Croix des Terments, Beauregard-Panorama”. You follow it, bypassing the biathlon stadium on the left and, without going to the small road, you take the carriage road on the left. You pass the “En Buyas” sign (1,150 metres), where many directions are offered. You are spoilt for choice! You will follow the objective of the day ” The panorama of Beauregard ” at 35 minutes and the Crêt du Nu. The path is not difficult, you follow the yellow-red markings and the wooden directional signs. You are on the scrub path (see On the way) and you pass by La Côtière (1,156 meters). Further on you catch up with the GR9 near the cross of Les Terments (1,197 metres), next to which there is a stone with a carved Savoy cross.
You advance on the GR to go to the right and start a progressive ascent to follow the direction Beauregard (1 300 meters). Once you reach the top of the mound, you will discover a wide panorama of all the Alps, the Vercors, Belledonne, the Écrins and the Mont Blanc, with a transparent orientation table allowing you to identify the massifs. From there, you can follow a small path more or less marked that leads above the GR 9 to a wood (1 326 meters), then after a change of direction, you reach, a little off the path, the sign Crêt du Nu (1 351 meters), which provides a new panorama on the Mont Blanc The most courageous can continue the hike on the GR 9, and after the Grand Plat, reach the Ferme du Tumet (1,231 meters), or even further on the Ferme de Retord which precedes the chapel.
But after the two panoramas, the return on the way to the cross of Terments is already a beautiful walk. To make a loop, you must take the direction of the Charpy barns, the Bergonnes and the Plans d’Hotonnes. You still have 4 km to cover. At Les Bergonnes, you leave the path on the left that leads to Lucien’s barn and the Retord farm. A pleasant path leads back to the road where you have to turn right to find a sign indicating “Return to the station”, crossing a meadow.
9/ the most incredible: The losses of the Valserine
About an hour’s drive from the campsite, this site is located in the north/east of the department. The losses were shaped by the pure waters of the Valserine. A path allows you to walk along the potholes, and offers you exceptional views. The river has carved deep gorges in the limestone which give curious shapes or constrictions: the devil’s bridge, the bridge of stones. At this point the site is partly secured and allows you to cross a large limestone slab in which the river rushes and forms natural canyons.
Note that the Valserine has been labeled “wild river” the quality of its water and the richness of its fish life makes it a popular place for fishermen. It is famous for its Fario trout.
At the end of this path a beautiful waterfall will catch your attention, you will find a picnic area and then you can return to the car park.
More information: www.terrevalserine.fr/fiches/Valserhone/
10/ the most magical: the Sierroz gorges
A mossy canyon, the tragic memory of a missing woman, the shadow of Lamartine… The Gorges du Sierroz is a condensed romantic experience like no other!
A freely accessible walking tour (1 hour maximum return trip).
The visit begins at the level of the road of Bauges where a carpark was arranged. It is possible to discover the remains of the Gorges dam and the pier that once made navigation in the canyon possible.
A path allows you to walk along the Sierroz on the banks of the canyon but also on two overhanging footbridges hung halfway up the rocks. A small bridge connects the left bank to the right bank of the canyon.
The walk continues to the Grésy waterfall where various viewpoints have been set up to discover a picturesque landscape.
The area around the Cascade de Grésy offers the possibility of :
– rediscover the industrial buildings (sawmill, mills, oil mill) to which the tourist activity has been added
– admire the waterfall and the stele raised by Queen Hortense in 1813
– stop at various remarkable viewpoints overlooking: the waterfall, the Dalby mill, the oil press, the canyon…
More information: www.gorgesdusierroz.fr/