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Hiking trails in Bugey Sud

Hiking trails in Bugey Sud

Hiking in Bugey !
At less than 1h from Annecy and Geneva, and 1h30 from Lyon, a large number of hikes with watefalls and beautiful panoramas can be admired in Bugey Sud at your own pace.

Overall hiking map of Bugey Sud

Download our map and discover the 34 nicest trails in Bugey Sud
8 maps with descriptions and a book guide with 71 hikes in Bugey are sold in our Tourist information offices.

3D interactive map of hikes in Bugey

Get an overall view of the hiking trails available in our region and identify starting points, locations and lengths on the 3D interactive map in du Bugey Sud.
Click on the loops to get information about each hiking trail.

A perfect area for trail running.

On Xavier Thevenard’s territory (multiple times UTMB winner) nature and mountains of Bugey offers loads of possibilities for trails runners.
Get your running shoes and discover lakes, forests, ridges, rivers and waterfalls along your way.
If you are into steep trails and elevation gain challenges, the slopes of the Grand Colombier starting from Culoz or Munet are just the inclines you are looking for.


Hiking trails in Bugey

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Hiking maps can be found in the tourist information offices.

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More details on hiking trails:

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Hike : Armaille Lake

Arboys en Bugey

Hiking from Thoys, the circuit follows the Armaille stream to the lake of the same name in the undergrowth of the South Bugey.

Hike: Gorges de Thurignin


From Artemare to the heights of Belmont Luthézieu to discover the secrets of the Seran river. To discover along the way: the Thurignin Gorges, the Cerveyrieu waterfall and the Massignieu wi...

Hiking on the foot of the Grand Colombier


A long hike from Artemare to cross the slopes of the Grand Colombier massif as the writer Paul Claudel did in his time, often along the rivers of Valromey: Séran, Laval, Arvières and Groin....

Hike: Golet au loup


Hiking circuit following the course of the river, the Séran and allowing the discovery of the site of the Virgin of Fierloz and the Cerveyrieu waterfall.

  • Level bue - Medium
Hike of the Grand Colombier starting from Munet


Starting in the calm forest of the Massif du Grand Colombier, the slopes will lead you to the breathtaking panoramic views of the summit and the rock of Chanduraz during your ascent from the...

Hiking in Bugey: up to Chanduraz from Charaillin


From the hamlet of Charaillin in the commune of Chavornay, an ascent to Chanduraz at an altitude of 1218 metres on the Grand Colombier massif: at the belvedere, a very open view on the Valro...

Hike in Bugey: Les crêtes d'Hergues


Starting from the hairpin down the Col de la Biche, the Hergues ridge circuit offers a succession of panoramic views to cut through the brimstone by following the ridges to the magnificent v...

Hiking in Bugey: Crêtes de Sur Lyand


From the combe du Cimetière after the Col de la Biche on the territory of Brénaz, in the heart of the Grand Colombier massif: discover the crests, pastures and the site of Arvières (former C...

Hike: Sentier des Charteux


From Lochieu, in the footsteps of the Carthusian monks who lived on the site of Arvières in the Grand Colombier massif, discovery of the Arvières national forest: ruins of the former Carthus...

Walks in the forest of Rothonne


3 trails, from 1.8 to 5.2 mile long, in the heart of a forest, 1.5 mi. from the town centre of Belley.

Hike in Bugey: Chanduraz from Béon


Hike with a significant elevation gain with various points of interest along the way: -Ruins of Luyrieu's castle. -The arch. -Panorama from Chanduraz (alt. 1218 m)

Hike : Romagneux from Béon (long loop)


Short hike starting from Béon leading to Romagneux.

Trail along the water (Sentier de l'eau)


Interpretation trail on the theme of the influence of water on landscapes and human life.

Hike : Tour du Mont de Cordon


Starting from the Rhône canal, take the paths through the woods, near the 14th century Château de la Barre. Marking: yellow

  • Level bue - Medium
Walking tour at the Lavours swamp


After visiting the Maison du marais de Lavours, take the time to stroll along the circuit on stilts in the heart of the Lavours marsh nature reserve.

Hike: A wolf life.


Hike in the local nature of Valromey following a peaceful river, an emerald source and several local heritage monuments.

Hike: Chevrier


Hiking trail offering a beautiful view from the hamlet of Nivollet. Maximum altitude: 995 m. Discovery of the hamlet of Egieu and the villages of Armix, mountain villages, Rossillon and Ch...

3 day-hike in Jura: hiking trails through Plateau de Retord and Grand Colombier


Southern crossing of the Grande Traversée du Jura on foot from Valserhône railway station to Culoz railway station in 3 days.

  • Level red – hard
Hike: Le circuit des Scioux


Itinerary with a course in the forest, in alpine pastures and then on the crest line of the Grand Colombier. Exceptional panoramic view of the Alps, the Valromey and the lakes of Geneva, Ann...

  • Level bue - Medium
Hike of the Saracens


Starting from Chatel in the commune of Culoz, this rarely visited Saracens circuit offers very beautiful views of the Rhône, Chautagne and Lac du Bourget. It joins the ruins of a watchtower ...

Hiking loop of the Magnine falls


A short walk above Culoz leading to Magnine falls.

Hike: on the ridge of the Grand Colombier (circuit des crêtes)


Route along the ridges and passing by the summit of Grand Colombier (1531 m), the viewpoint of Chanduraz (1260 m) and the orientation table of the Cross (360 ° panoramic view of the Alps and...

  • Level bue - Medium
Grandes Traversées du Jura (GTJ) : Multi-days walk from Mandeure to Culoz


La Grande Traversée du Jura by feet is a hiking to discover the Jura Mountain from Madeure to Culoz.

Hike: Grand Colombier from Culoz


Hike constituting a return trip on the same route, passing by the Fenestrez belvedere (1077 m) and continuing along the ridge path, to the viewpoint of the Cross (1525 m) Marking: white / r...

  • Level black - very hard
Hike: The grey stone (la Pierre grise).


Hiking tour starting from the hamlet of Fesne, very varied, allowing you to discover the Bugey thanks to the crossing of many villages and hamlets. Beautiful panoramas, lakes, woods....

  • Level green –very easy
Hike: Montagne de Saint-Benoit

Groslée - Saint-Benoît

Hike starting from Saint-Benoit.

Hiking in Bugey : Le tour de Groslée

Groslée - Saint-Benoît

Hiking tour from the church square in Groslée with beautiful views of the Rhône.

Hike: on the steps of the WW2 French resistance.

Haut Valromey

Thematic trail on the Plateau de Retord, in the footsteps of the first maquisards of the Ain, starting from the Les Plans station or the village of Hotonnes.

Hike through Pont des Tines and Grottes du Pic

Haut Valromey

From Songieu, discover natural and cultural attractions: the tines or vats dug by the Séran have created an arch; the caves inhabited in the Neolithic period are now private; the ruins of Ch...

GR® de Pays Balcon du Valromey

Haut Valromey

  • Level black - very hard
hiking : discovery of the natural environment

With a guide, discover the forest, the fauna and flora of our plateaus and its surrounding marshes.

Haut Valromey

Hike: Tour de Retord

Haut Valromey

From the ski resort of Les Plans d'Hotonnes, the Plateau de Retord offers all its mountain characteristics: combes and forests, isolated typical farms, vast spaces and ridges such as Crêt du...

Hiking in Bugey: La Ronde des Plans

Haut Valromey

From the ski resort of Les Plans d'Hotonnes, valleys and ridges of the Plateau de Retord, panoramic views of Mont Blanc and the Alps above the Croix des Terments. Fields covered with flowers...

  • Level bue - Medium
Hiking in Bugey: Bois du Geay

Haut Valromey

From Songieu (Sully lime tree next to the church and Aliettes lake close to the village), a country walk to the ridge line in the heart of pleasant valleys and forests.

Hike : La croix Saint Clair


Short hike starting from the museum in Izieu. The trail has a nice view on the Rhône river downwards.

Hike: Le grand Thur


Located near the village of Izieu the Grand Thur is 758m high and at its summit it gives some fantastic views over the southern part of Bugey.

  • Level bue - Medium
GR® 9 (Mijoux-Culoz)


The GR® 9 begins in St-Amour 39. In the department of Ain, it goes all over the oriental crest, by Colomby de Gex, goes through the gap Nantua-Bellegarde, visits plateau de Retord and goes t...

  • Level black - very hard
Hike : Tour de Nattages

Parves et Nattages

A small walk around the Nattages overlooking the Rhône and facing the Dent du Chat and the Mont de la Charvaz.

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