Grande Garde/

Location: Right bank of the Rhône, Central Valais, in Ovronnaz above Leytron.
Description: easy trail without any orientation or technical difficulties. Magnificent 180° view of the Rhône plain and the African tectonic plate. Take advantage of the didactic trail and its wide illustrations concerning the flora. A very instructive region from a geological and botanical point of view. A nice discovery at the beginning or end of the season. A must-see.
Elevation gain: 1072 m
Distance: 13.25 km
Total length: 28 km-effort
Altitude: between 2181 and 1382 m
National excursion map 1:25’000: Dents de Morcles 1305
Best period: June to October, even November
Rating: XS


Departure from the car park of the Jorasse facilities in Ovronnaz (2’578’576/1’117’040/1381 m). Begin the climb in the bend below the car park and follow the path in a north-westerly direction until you reach point 1516 just after the Salentse bridge. Take the series of bends to the Saille buildings and continue south on the white-red-white path to reach Bougnonne at point 1863 and the Jorasse chairlift at point 1947. Continue south to Petit Pré and its mountain pasture. At the fork in the road at pt 1998, go around the new chairlift and follow the signs for the flower trail to reach Seya and its iron cross at pt 2182. The ridge then stretches out its arms to the south along a sometimes steep path. At the Grande Garde cross the view is majestic.
The altitude of 2146 m above sea level should not make you give up a magnificent descent through a sparse forest in the direction of Odonne, staying permanently on your left at each junction. From Odonne, go to pt 1587 through the Forêt de Crête to reach the cantonal sports centre of Ovronnaz. It’s done.

Useful information: consult the openings of the Jorasse facilities if you wish to shorten the route.
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