Our Friday hiking group is an enthusiastic group of women who explore the Geneva area by foot. They know every nook and cranny of our canton. They often travel further afield into Vaud by public transportation. The following three easy hikes recommended by Steph, the group leader, are easily done in a half day.
La Balade des Epouvantails/Scarecrow Walk
Level: Easy, except for the 179m ascent from the train station.
Time: 2 ½ hours
Map: CN Suisse 1242 Morges
This is a beautiful walk with amazing views of the mountains, forest, open fields and vineyards. You walk a village decorated with scarecrows, past a storybook chateau and along the path of a river.
Our group takes the train to Morges. At the back of the train station you will find the start of the loop that we follow. First head towards Denens, a lively village featuring 30 scarecrows; then walk across the alley to Vufflens le Chateau. From there you can choose a variety of well signposted trails back to Morge train station.
For more information about walk and the map, go to Morges Tourism page here.
Tours Lignon to Geneva via Junction or St. Jean
Level: Easy, with some uneven ground
Time: 2 hours depending on route
Map: Kümmerly + Frey 21 Genève
This is a shady walk perfect for a hot, summer day.
Our hiking group begins at the bus stop Lignon-Cité. You can either walk the 2 hour route explained below or follow this map.
We follow the yellow walking signs, cross the river but then head towards Löex. You will meet up with the river again. Keep on walking past the cemetery. You will come to Jonction, where the clear Rhone river mixes with the muddy, mountain Arve River. From there you can cross the bridge or continue up the river until you arrive at the Bois de la Batie and follow the path down to the major bridge and public transport stop called Jonction (see the walking path here).
La Dent de Vaulion
Level: Medium. 480 meters ascent and descent
Time: approximately 3 hours
Map: Kümmerly + Frey 15 Lausanne/Vallée de Joux
With an ascent of 480 meters some may find this hike a little more ambitious; however, it’s not technically difficult. Once on top you are rewarded with a 360 degree panoramic view.
Our group catches the train to Le Pont and then follow the signs for La Dent de Vaulion. There’s a nice little restaurant near the top to stop for a drink or eat lunch.
For more information and a detailed map visit the Swiss Mobility Site here.
Alternatively, you can drive up to the restaurant, or take the Postbus, and plan for an easy hike of 1 hour 45 minutes. More information for this option can be found at My Switzerland.
We are a group of international women living in Geneva, Switzerland. If you would like to learn more about our activities and excursions, visit our website at www. aiwcgeneva.org.
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