In and around Geneva, there are numerous hiking paths to choose from, whether you’re looking for an all-day excursion or a two-hour stroll. If you’re wanting to get out of Geneva and hike a different part of the country, though, consider the route through the Gorges of the Jogne.
This summer, I wanted to do just that so my husband and I picked a route near Gruyères, Canton Fribourg, for a family hike. The gorges of the Jogne river are a popular hiking destination in the area. The gorges stretch from the town of Broc (home of Cailler chocolate) to Charmey. The hiking route starts deep in the forest, winds through the gorges, and ends at the Montsalvens dam.
The hiking path includes footpaths, tunnels, bridges, and stairs. It is classified as a normal hiking path; that is, it does not require any special equipment or hiking skill, although surefootedness is necessary in the steeper parts of the path. (Click here to read our previous Guide to Switzerland’s Hiking Trails.)
One way, the path is 3.5km long (about 90 minutes). Paths lead on to Charmey and around Lac de Montsalvens, or you can double back to the start of the route in Broc.
You can hike the gorges as part of a longer trip to the Gruyères region, too. Click here to read our previous post on visiting Gruyères. Click here to read about the scenic “Chemin du Gruyère” hiking path between Charmey and Gruyères on the Gruyères tourism website.
Getting there: To access the trail, drive to the town of Broc. A well-marked parking area near the trailhead is located just off Rue de Montsalvens, south of the Jogne river. Click here to view a map of the route, including the location of the parking area.
Plan ahead: As with most hiking routes in Switzerland, be sure to check whether the path through the gorges is open before setting out on your hike. The route closes in winter and also during heavy rains.
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