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Au fil de l'Alpage

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You will walk throughout the Alpine pastures of Varambon, Sac and Sorgia on this path. You will have the opportunity to discover its natural and human wealths in order to understand why it matters to protect them.
moderate
Distance 9.3 km
4:00 h
550 m
533 m
You can find the Crêt de la Goutte which is located 1621 meters high in the mountain range of Grand Crêt d'Eau. It is situated to the south of the natural reserve of Haute-Chaîne du Jura. There are a lot of herds from Varambon's chalet in this mountain range. It is one of the traditionnal summer pastures in the Jura mountains. The landscapes and its panoramic view on the Alps appeal to many hikers and walkers during the summer.

1. Go up the stony path on the right (forest atmosphere representative of a high Jura forest). Come out into the Varambon pasture and join Sous les Crêts (marker n ° 4 of the "Au fil de l'Alpage" discovery trail).

2. Go left in the pasture following the paths of the cattle up to the small col à la Pierre à Fromage, here a first point of view is offered to you on the Pays de Gex, the Geneva region and the Alps.

3. Go along the barrier on the right to reach the crêt de la Goutte, you will find a cross in homage to the shepherds and an orientation table with a 360 ° point of view. Descend along the rocky tributary, follow a barrier and reach a "goya" (water point for cattle). Follow direction Sorgia d'en Haut to find an old stone wall (entrance to the Nature Reserve). Continue to the right (stony path) pass a few “goyas” and arrive between Les Crêts (tourniquet).

4. Descend into the pasture until near the ruin of Sorgia on High.

5. Follow the stony path to the right leading to the Charmante car park. Go down on the right by the forest road towards Menthières. At the Sous Varambon car park, continue the descent for 700m and reach the limit of the Reserve.

6. Climb to the right by an old path which after a right bend leads to the pasture. Access a crossing (on either side, a vestige of the alpine village of Varambon). Take the stony path on the left to arrive at the Varambon chalet (possible day shelter and exhibition on the life of shepherds). Continue up the mountain pasture to the Sous les Crêts intersection.

2. Take the uphill path on the left to reach the starting car park.
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Marie Jacques Terre Valserine
Update: November 03, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
1,617 m
Lowest point
1,241 m
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APIDAE tourism data updated on 17/11/2021 by "Office de Tourisme Terre Valserine".
Spotted an error? Write to marie.jacques@terrevalserine.fr with the following information:
File name: Au fil de l'Alpage | Record identifier: 855534 | URL (link) for this Outdooractive page.

Start

Parking de la Charnaz (1,240 m)
Coordinates:
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46.164583, 5.850854
DMS
46°09'52.5"N 5°51'03.1"E
UTM
31T 720089 5116285
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Destination

Parking de la Charnaz

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Parking

Coordinates

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46.164583, 5.850854
DMS
46°09'52.5"N 5°51'03.1"E
UTM
31T 720089 5116285
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Author’s map recommendations

Map of the walks and hikes in the Terre Valserine region sold at the tourist office of Bellegarde-sur-Valserine.

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Equipment

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
9.3 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
550 m
Descent
533 m
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