• Uplands, Natural wonder, Viewpoint

Cenise Plateau

On foot or snowshoeing, solo or with a guide, have a refreshing break at the Cenise Plateau, where you will have the most beautiful view over the Bargy mountain range.

Uplands, Natural wonder, Viewpoint Cenise Plateau Mont-Saxonnex


Mont-Saxonnex (74130)
Animals allowed
Unguided individual tours available permanently

With a guide :
During winter, our mountain guides offers outings on the plateau for all tastes : by day, by night, with a meal at a local restaurant, snowshoeing, afghan walking... Contact the tourist office to learn more about the program !

Solo :
Starting point : go to Mont-Saxonnex and head to Morsullaz. Continue until you reach La Pellaz at Auberge de la Pointe du Midi.
Hike : from the restaurant, the route follows a road that is never shovelled. Carry on all along the laces up to the chalets of Frachets. You are now able to wander around on the Plateau of Cenise and come back through the same trail. Do not hesitate to contact the tourist office to get the free hiking map.

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    The Cenise plateau extends from the Bargy massif to the Rochers de Leschaux, straddling three municipalities and two intermunicipalities: the municipality of Mont-Saxonnex, located on the territory of the Community of Municipalities Cluses Arve and Mountains (2CCAM), and the communes of Glières-Val-de-Borne and Brison, located on the territory of the Community of Communes Faucigny-Glières (CCFG). The site offers a very open landscape with the subalpine lawns which occupy it, thus allowing an unobstructed view of the main peaks of Bargy. The plateau presents 630 hectares of rich and varied natural environments, supports of exceptional fauna and flora: karstic environments, ponds and wetlands, high altitude lawns.
    Due to its remarkable natural heritage and its unique landscape setting, the Cenise plateau is included in the Natura 2000 site of the Bargy massif, designated to protect a certain number of habitats and species representative of European biodiversity. It is also in the process of being labeled Espace Naturel Sensible (ENS), a label awarded by the Department for sites intended to be preserved and promoted to the general public. This ENS policy is carried out at the local level by the Community of Communes Cluses Arve et Montagnes (2CCAM), which is responsible for the implementation of a management plan finalized in 2022: this document consists of drawing up an inventory of the site and actions to be implemented to reconcile attendance and preservation.
    All the fauna typical of the mountain environment can be observed there: ibexes, chamois, marmots, black grouse… The site is also flown over by the bearded vulture, a large vulture reintroduced into the Bargy massif at the end of the 1980s. Wetlands and the meadows are particularly interesting from the floristic and faunal point of view.
    The Cenise plateau is marked by high visitor numbers and presents conflicts of use, particularly in connection with the work carried out by the alpine pasture farmers on the land grazed by the cattle herds which maintain the site. Attendance, if it is not channeled and respectful, induces significant disturbances both for the mountain pasture but also for the biodiversity of the site. The communities and the various local players are working to solve the problems encountered, in particular by implementing the actions defined in the site management plan.


    Free access.


    Animals allowed
    Languages spoken : French

    Preserve the sensitive natural space of the Cenise plateau:
    - Motor vehicles prohibited
    - Do not disturb the herds and wild animals, remain discreet, on the paths, away from animals and keep your dog on a leash
    - Do not pick flowers and other plants, some species are protected
    - Do not leave garbage on site

    Dogs must be leashed all year long.


    All year round.

    Labels and rating

    Environmentally Sensitive Areas
    Natura 2000

    • Pets welcome
    • Parking nearby


    Col de Cenise Route de Morsullaz 74130 Mont-Saxonnex

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    Information update on 03/08/2022 by Cluses Arve & montagnes Tourisme