• Sport

Sappey Path

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.

Sport Sappey Path Le Sappey


Departing from Le Sappey (74350)
Average length : 03h30
Distance : 9km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

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,

Total elevation gain : 533m
Vertical drop : 533m

Visit the silica quarry site in Vovray-en-Bornes nearby. At the top of the Sappey, don't miss the "Devil's Cave" next to the restaurant of the same name and, in Cruseilles, the Dronières Park is worth a visit for its lake, swimming pool, tennis courts, zoo, trim course and aerial assault course.


Free access.


Animals allowed
Languages informatives signs : French

Period of practice

Throughout the year : open daily.

  • Pets welcome
  • Picnic area


Point de départ: Parking de l'église du Sappey (coté mairie) Chef-Lieu 74350 Le Sappey
Departing from : Le Sappey (74350)
Latitude : 46.088539 - Longitude : 6.166023

The walk includes a few steep climbs.
When crossing alpine pastures, take care not to damage the fences or springs, or frighten the cattle. Keep your dog on a lead.

More informations

Information update on 21/12/2021 by Communauté de communes du Pays de Cruseilles