Col Hunting in the Vallée VerteBy Will • Nov 20th, 2008 • Category: Climbs, Cycling
A fairly huge mountain bike ride, Col hunting in the beautiful Vallée Verte – south of Lake Geneva.
Luckily, I ignored the rain in the (mis)forecast and enjoyed ever improving weather while climbing on scenic, quiet roads.
Using my GPS and map software, the plan was to link up several Cols in the area using the quietest roads I could find – see map at bottom.
I started at the church in Viuz-en-Sallaz climbing a tiny road up to Col du Ludran. After a descent to Boége, it was was a short easy climb up Col du Perret. Frankly, I’d been itching to add this to my list after Eric had mentioned climbing it a couple of times.
As the sign says, hunting today – and I saw quite a few guys roaming the edge of forests all ride carrying rifles – definitely made me pedal faster.
After Perret, a left turn on a small road to continue up to Chalet d’Ajon – the high point of the day at 1428 metres (4685 feet).
For details of the primary steep route up to Ajon as well hiking higher to take some pretty cool photos from the top of Pointe de Miribel see here.
From Ajon I descended a gravel road and snuck up a mountain bike route to Col du Creux (there are lots of signed mountain bike routes around here that need further exploring).
As I continued to descend the sun arrived. And when I arrived in Onnion to start the final climb to Col de l’Avernaz – snow covered Alps were in view everywhere. This was another nice shortish climb – I was tired by now! But upon reaching the top it was only a terrifyingly cold descent back to the start.
Early in the year I did a different 5 Col loop through the Vallée Verte. Details here.