Le Saleve

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Start of the Orjobet path

Dominating the city of Geneva but located in France is the Saleve mountain with its impressive cliffs facing the Jura mountains. The French-Swiss border runs parallel to the cliff, about one kilometre away from it.

From the top of Saleve there is a beautiful 360 degree panorama with on one side Geneva, Lake Leman and the Jura, and on the other side the Alps and Mont Blanc. It is possible to drive there or take a cable car from Le Pas de l'Echelle / Veyrier. But you can also walk to the summit along various paths located at both ends (East and West) of the mountain.

My favorite path (sentier d'Orjobet) is to the West, and starts from the village of Collonges-sous-Saleve. If you drive all the way to the top of the village, you'll find a car park in "Le Coin" just next to the crossroads where the steep road to the "Col de la Croisette" begins.

Not far from there is the famous rock climbing site.

While studying/working in Geneva I lived for a few years just 300m from this intersection, and after work would from time to time walk up to the top of the cliff.
It is also a very popular site for paragliding. Watching these birds constantly above my head made me want to also spend some time up there, and that's how I started flying. Jumping for the first time (on a tandem flight) from that cliff was impressive! After some training in the Swiss resort of Verbier I was able to fly solo and enjoy the dynamic soaring along the Saleve.  It is also on this site that I had an accident and was extremely lucky not to get seriously hurt. This was my last flight...

But back to the hiking path... Next to the parking is a cafe - restaurant and from there you can see the path that heads towards the mountain.
Geneva in the distance, under the haze
It first zigzags into the woods and then starts climbing steeply!  At one stage the path goes through a cave (Orjobet) and on your left you will see some alternate itineraries. However you are warned that most of these are very "aerial" and not recommended if you are afraid of heights!  Among these are the "Vires Rosselet" and the spectacular "Le Chaffardon et les Etournelles" where you can enjoy some great views from the "Sphinx". The difference in height to the top is about 650m. This web site will give more information on the various itineraries (in French...).

seeUaroundtheWorld says:
This is very interesting!
Posted on: Jun 18, 2008
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Start of the Orjobet path
Start of the Orjobet path
Geneva in the distance, under the …
Geneva in the distance, under the…
One of the alternate paths
One of the alternate paths
On the other side, the Jura mounta…
On the other side, the Jura mount…
Rock climbing below the Sphinx
Rock climbing below the Sphinx
The path along the cliff
The path along the cliff
The landing field
The landing field
Geneva in the background and the J…
Geneva in the background and the …
The view from the top, to the West
The view from the top, to the West
A magical day to fly along the Sal…
A magical day to fly along the Sa…
A window through the clouds just a…
A window through the clouds just …
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