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Sentier du Sappey

Walking/pedestrian in Le Sappey

9.0 km
Walking/pedestrian
3h 30min
Hard
  • This walk takes you along a quiet forest track up to the Grand Piton. You will walk from the rural slope of Les Bornes to the highest point in the Salève range, overlooking Geneva and the surrounding area.

    Route directions:
    1. Go up to the church, take the path that goes up inside a hedge and reach the forest. On the edge, follow a forest path to the left. After a sharp bend, come out at the end of a forest road (1140m).
    2. Don't take this path, but continue on the path which climbs the...
    This walk takes you along a quiet forest track up to the Grand Piton. You will walk from the rural slope of Les Bornes to the highest point in the Salève range, overlooking Geneva and the surrounding area.

    Route directions:
    1. Go up to the church, take the path that goes up inside a hedge and reach the forest. On the edge, follow a forest path to the left. After a sharp bend, come out at the end of a forest road (1140m).
    2. Don't take this path, but continue on the path which climbs the wooded slope. Reach the edge of an alpine pasture at Creux-du-Loup. Turn left and continue through the undergrowth. Come out at the grazed clearing of Pré-Fauraz (1275m).
    Locate the return path to the left.
    3. Follow the forest edge to the right, cross the D41, pass the obstacles (parking, picnic area) and climb Le Grand Piton to the summit (1379m, Bastian tower, view of the Geneva basin and the Jura).
    4. Descend through the grazed clearing of Pré-Fauraz.
    5. Fork to the left and, at the signpost, enter the undergrowth. The path crosses a small meadow (ruin, huge oak tree), then goes down the slope taking "châbles" (sunken roads dug in the past by the repeated passage of oxen pulling wood).
    6. At the crossroads of four paths (signpost), near to an oratory, take the path which descends towards the hamlet of La Grange. Continue on the road then, at the bend, take the path which leads to Clamant.
    7. Take the D15 to the left, go past a restored cabin (old customs post of the tax free zone) then the wooden "Le Salève" sign.
    8. Take the path to the left which goes along the forest edge then, parallel to the road, leads to the church of Sappey,
  • Documentation

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  • Accepted customers

    • Individuals
Points of interest
1 Information n°1
Monter à l'église, s'engager sur le chemin qui s'élève à l'intérieur d'une haie et atteindre la forêt. En lisière, suivre la piste forestière à gauche. Après un lacet, déboucher à l'extrémité d'une route forestière ( 1 140 m).
2 Information n°2
Ne pas l'emprunter, mais continuer par le sentier qui gravit le versant boisé. Atteindre la lisière d'un alpage au Creux-du-Loup. Virer à gauche et poursuivre en sous-bois. Déboucher dans la clairière pâturée de Pré-Fauraz ( 1 275 m).
3 Information n°3
Longer la lisière à droite, traverser la D41, franchir la chicane (parking, aire de pique-nique) et grimper au sommet du Grand Piton (1 379 m, tour Bastian, vue sur le bassin Genevois et le Jura).
4 Information n°4
Redescendre dans la clairière pâturée de Pré-Fauraz.
5 Information n°5
Au croisement de quatre chemins (panneau), près d'un oratoire, prendre le chemin qui descend au hameau de La Grange. Continuer par la route puis, dans le virage, s'engager sur le sentier qui mène à Clamant.
6 Information n°6
Emprunter la D15 à gauche, passer une cabane restaurée (ancien poste de douane de zone franche) puis le panneau en bois "Le Salève".
7 Information n°7
S'engager à gauche sur le sentier qui longe la lisière puis, parallèle à la route, conduit à l'église du Sappey.
8 Le Grand Piton viewing point.
Le Grand Piton is the highest point of Le Salève offering a view mainly focused on the Genevois region and Jura.
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