Hiking trail: Chezery-Forens - Following the path of the smugglers
Jura Mountains & The French side of Geneva Verified partner Explorers Choice
départ de Chézery centre ... c'est parti pour aller la haut !Photo: Anne-Marie Barbe, Jura Mountains & The French side of Geneva
François Nallet, a blacksmith in Thoiry, built it and then four villagers (Louis and Auguste Girod, Aimé Fusier and Faustin Antonioli) transported it piece by piece. It was inaugurated on 25 July 1892.
Designed for advanced walkers, this hike allows you to discover the Valserine valley and the ridges in a postcard setting.
From the river banks of the first wild river in France to the summit of the Haute Chaine du Jura, you can enjoy nature!
Please respect the specific regulations for this area. The route is in the National Nature Reserve of the Haute Chaine du Jura,More info : https://www.rnnhautechainedujura.fr/reglementation/interdits-en-rnn/Among these rules: No dogs allowed, even on a leash!
We advise against going in the opposite direction, as the 32 contours trail is technical on the way down.)
This itinerary is part of the "Ain Outdoor" selection
Track typesShow elevation profile
Rest stopsBordas - Crêpes et burgers
Safety informationBefore leaving :
Check the weather forecast and local weather conditions, making sure there is no precipitationCheck the access route, the height of the itinerary, the time it takes to complete the route, the possible escape routes (IGN map, GPS, topo-guide, etc.)Evaluate the possible risks by asking mountain professionals, refuges, gitesInform someone close to you of your objective and contact them in case of change: departure and return times, number of participants with the telephone number of each, vehicle(s), parkingAvoid going alone, use equipment that is suitable for the activity, adjusted and in good condition, headlamp, complete first aid kit, survival blanket, etc.In case of problems, call 112 (European emergency number)
Tips and hintsFor further information visit our website.
Part of this route takes you through the Haute Chaîne du Jura National Nature Reserve, please respect its regulations: https://www.rnn-hautechainedujura.fr/
Always follow this direction, ignoring, at a crossroads, that of the Moulin Thomas (B). When you reach the hamlet of "la Rivière" (C), cross the road and then climb up to a cabled footbridge over the Troubléry stream (D).
From here, follow the direction of "Le Reculet" (be careful, at Verney-Dessus (E), the path goes up to the right of the houses). Pass the Chalets de Lachat (F) and then enter the Thoiry-Derrière mountain pasture (G); the Reculet cross (H) is now visible.
The climb ends on the northern ridge. Go down south following the GR. Go around the alpine chalets of La Polvette (I) and La Capitaine (J), pass the "Pierre de la Lune" (K) and then arrive at the "Passage des Chezerands" (L) close to the chalet du Gralet.
A yellow marked path immediately descends into the forest and joins, by cutting several times a forest track, the hamlet of Rosset (M), the Grande Bossonaz (N), Bellaigue (O), then the village.
Author’s map recommendations
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EquipmentDress appropriate to the season and weather conditions (cold, hot, wet...)
Hiking shoes adapted to the terrain (even for children!)
Hiking poles (useful for stability and to take the strain off the joints)
Cell phone and spare battery
- 6 Waypoints
- 6 Waypoints
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