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Le Grand Colombier

Le Grand Colombier

Bugey’s highest point at 1,531 m, Grand Colombier at the southern end of the Jura mountains offers numerous signposted hiking trails as well as breathtaking views over the Alps, the Lac du Bourget and Bugey. The climb is also a very popular and really difficult mountain pass for cyclists, Grand Colombier featured on the Tour de France 2012, 2016, and 2020.

Road information – 23 June 2022
Following the violent thunderstorms and heavy rain that swept through the region, a major mudflow occurred on the RD120 between Culoz and Grand Colombier and occupied the entire roadway.
The road is therefore closed to traffic until further notice.
Diversions have been set up via Anglefort and the RD120a.

A breathtaking panorama

Vue depuis le Grand Colombier © Caroline Blackwell

View on the Grand Colombier © Caroline Blackwell

The Grand Colombier offers multiples beautiful point of views on the Alps, the Mont Blanc, Alpine lakes, whether you climb it by car, on your bike or hike to the top!

The best panoramas:
« le Fenestrez » 1 150 m above sea level: from Culoz, follow the road RD120 turn left at la Sapette.
« The cross » 1 525 m above sea level: 5 minute walk from the top.

The top can be reached using 4 different roads, the most scenic one being above the town of Culoz, but you can also climb it from Anglefort, Virieu-le-Petit or Lochieu.

Paradise for hikers

Several hikes with great panoramas can be done around the Colombier, maps can be found at the Tourist information offices

Rando Grand Colombier © Emmanuelle Bebi

+ information about hiking trails

A legendary climb for all cyclists

Hors category climb on its 4 different roads leading to the top, the Grand Colombier is one of the climb every cyclist has to ride. Car-free cycling days are organised in summer with free food given at the top. The bravest riders will dare to climb it four times on its 4 different sides within a day! Get in touch with at contact@bugey-sud-tourisme.fr or on our Facebook page us if you plan to cycle in the area and get the best tips to ride in Bugey!


Grand Colombier in winter: © Adé Photographie
Vue du Grand Colombier : © Emmanuelle Bebi
Randonnée au Grand Colombier : © Emmanuelle Bebi

Located to the south of the Jura Massif and Bugey’s highest point
(1531 m), with over 100 km of marked hiking trails (GR9, LWG,
GR) and panoramic views on the Alps (Belledonne
and Mont Blanc), Bugey, Rhone, lake Bourget and Lake Annecy
and Leman. There is the opportunity to discover various sites
and landscapes: forests, grasslands, grangeons (temporary
accommodation for winemakers) the Chartreuse Arvières ruins,
ridge roads and panoramic views on the Alps.

Open period

Throughout the year : open daily.

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