• Sport

Cenise Pass - Hike

A quiet stroll in a majestic setting that makes our heads spin 360°. Landscapes of character open on the chain of Bargy and on the valley of Arve.

Sport Cenise Pass - Hike Mont-Saxonnex


Departing from Mont-Saxonnex (74130)
Average length : 01h05
Total elevation gain : 151m
Vertical drop : 151m
Distance : 3.6km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

This walk makes us turn our heads at 360° with panoramas of characters. The path from the plateau takes you to the Croix du Col de Cenise with a gentle and steady drop. An ideal easy family outing to be amazed!

Way and back
Total elevation gain : 151m
Altitude max : 1724m
Vertical drop : 151m


Trail marked with directional posts (PDIPR)

Map references

TOP 25 IGN 3430 ET

Further informations

Stone, Ground, Grit

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    Starting point : car park on Les Frachets Plateau in Mont-Saxonnex, near the farm

    From Les Frachets (car-park) to La Croix du Felay : 25 mins
    On foot, follow the road starting in front of Les Frachets farm. The slope is gentle and the path wide. You will cross the alpine pastures until la Croix du Felay (a cross).

    From La Croix du Felay to Cenise Pass : 10mins
    From the cross, follow the path. The wide plateau opens in front of you and you will be able to see the Rochers de Leschaux on your right and le Bargy mountain range on your left.

    From the Pass to the car-park :
    Go back with the same route.
    To do more from Cenise Pass :
    * Les Rochets de Leschaux : 1h05mins (one-way) for good hikers
    * Le Jalouvre (for very good hikers, very delicate passage on the Razor's Pass, route not signed) : 2h50mins (one way)
    * Lessy's Lake (not signed) : 1h40mins

    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. Guidebook on sale at the Tourist Office.


    Open to children
    Animals allowed
    Not adapted to strollers

    Natural Zone of Interest for Ecology, Flora and Fauna and farms. Keep your dog on a leash, he can scare off herds and wild animals.

    Period of practice

    From 01/04 to 14/11.

    Subject to favorable weather.

    • Pets welcome


    Les Frachets 74130 Mont-Saxonnex
    Departing from : Mont-Saxonnex (74130)
    Latitude : 46.019407 - Longitude : 6.448889

    From Cluses, take the D4, direction Le Reposoir, then take the D286, direction Mont-Saxonnex. Cross the village and turn left towards Route de Morsullaz (chairlift). Follow this road for 8 kilometers and pass the Auberge la Pointe du Midi. After the switchbacks, the road ends at the Frachets farm.

    More informations

    Information update on 25/02/2023 by Cluses Arve & montagnes Tourisme