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distance 7.61mi Vertical gain +2159ft Vertical drop -2159ft 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.

distance 4.26mi Vertical gain +604ft Vertical drop -574ft Durée 2h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Véranne - 42 - Loire

An easy hike along the ridges of Pilat linking three major summits, via trails through forests and moors. Along the way we discover magnificent views of the Alps, the Massif Central and the Rhône Valley.

distance 6mi Vertical gain +669ft Vertical drop -673ft Durée 3h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in La Valla-en-Gier - 42 - Loire

An easy walk to enjoy as a family. Very popular in summer, it is worth the detour to admire the panoramic view over the Alps and the summits of Mont Blanc, the Lyonnais mountains and the Giers valley, the Vercors massif and those of northern Vivarais. With a wealth of flowers in spring, you can gather bilberries in August and raspberries in September. Unless you choose to go ski touring or cross-country skiing here in winter.

distance 13.4mi Vertical gain +2320ft Vertical drop -2329ft 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 3.81mi Vertical gain +331ft Vertical drop -338ft 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 7.91mi Vertical gain +1444ft Vertical drop -1437ft 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 5.17mi Vertical gain +371ft Vertical drop -374ft Durée 2h40 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Châlons - 38 - Isère

A short, easy and enjoyable stroll. You will walk alongside ponds, cross through woods on wide, pleasant paths (which can sometimes be a bit muddy...). The peaks of Pilat are visible in the distance. Thanks to Marc for this walk!

distance 7.21mi Vertical gain +922ft Vertical drop -919ft Durée 4h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Christo-en-Jarez - 42 - Loire

A circuit primarily on small paved and sunny roads.

distance 5.86mi Vertical gain +689ft Vertical drop -673ft 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 5.78mi Vertical gain +748ft Vertical drop -755ft Durée 3h20 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Fontanès (Loire) - 42 - Loire

Beautiful route along the ridges around the village of Fontanès. Free parking in the castle grounds.

distance 5.35mi Vertical gain +591ft Vertical drop -597ft 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 8.04mi Vertical gain +1335ft Vertical drop -1329ft 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.

distance 6.15mi Vertical gain +430ft Vertical drop -430ft Durée 3h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Estrablin - 38 - Isère

An easy walk in the village of Estrablin which, over the course of two hours, offers large open views over the surrounding hills and mountains. We mainly take small peaceful tarmacked country lanes, which means you can enjoy a walking excursion even after heavy rainfall and when the paths are almost impassable.

distance 5.29mi Vertical gain +1588ft Vertical drop -1608ft Durée 3h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Tournon-sur-Rhône - 07 - Ardèche

A nice family-friendly walk in the forest which starts from Duzon bridge leading to a galaxy of stones at the Cuves de Duzon, a geological curiosity. The river has effectively bored out several “cauldrons" and flows through a narrow crevice that the path follows.

distance 6.25mi Vertical gain +16ft Vertical drop -16ft Durée 2h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert - 42 - Loire

An open-to-the-sky Sunday stroll in the sun Canal du Forez.

The Rochefort to Rontalon loop
distance 8.87mi Vertical gain +1913ft Vertical drop -1906ft Durée 5h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Martin-en-Haut - 69 - Rhône

A beautiful circular walk through the varied and undulating landscapes of this part of the Monts du Lyonnais, taking you through the pretty, shady valley of the Bâtie stream and along the Rontalon botanical trail. The route follows an old railroad track from the early twentieth century, before climbing up through a Mediterranean style forest and past some market gardens. End by visiting the medieval village of Rochefort where you can visit the remains of the keep and the chapel.

distance 3.26mi Vertical gain +322ft Vertical drop -322ft Durée 1h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Genis-Laval - 69 - Rhône

In addition to being a nice hike, this circuit is interesting because throughout the trail signs provide educational information on the fauna and flora, tree species etc. It also helps hikers discover the local agricultural heritage that is everywhere so close to Lyon.

distance 6.26mi Vertical gain +1411ft Vertical drop -1404ft 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.

distance 7.92mi Vertical gain +1165ft Vertical drop -1142ft 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.

Walking The Dolmen path ( Download : )
distance 3.04mi Vertical gain +781ft Vertical drop -797ft Durée 2h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Laurent-de-Vaux - 69 - Rhône

This path is very pleasant in the Autumn, with a magnificent view of the monts d'Or, Lyon and the Rhone valley.
This route can be extended in the direction of Yzeron or Thurin.
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Saint-Laurent-de-Vaux - Haute Bruyère
distance 5.32mi Vertical gain +1188ft Vertical drop -1175ft Durée 3h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Laurent-de-Vaux - 69 - Rhône

This fairly easy circuit from Saint-Laurent-de-Vaux will take you on a pleasant trail mainly in the forest. If the weather is clear, the view from the Plat Saint-Romain plateau offers a panoramic view of the Alps.

distance 6.39mi Vertical gain +676ft Vertical drop -656ft 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.