The old Hamlet of Rif Bruyant


This hike will take you to the heart of a narrow valley, unchanged for dozens of years, anchored in a landscape characterised by deep-rooted traditions.
Altitude climb + : 350 m Outward walk : 2h00
Start : Lavaldens / La Valette
Difficulty : easy Map : Top 25 IGN 3336OT La Mure - Valbonnais Trail map « La Matheysine »

Connected to the Valley of Roizonne by a «calade» path (a rough paving made of wedged rocks) the largely unknown valley of the Rif Bruyant holds unsuspected jewels discover the stone and gabledroof houses of the old hamlets covered in slate. Strolling through the beautiful meadows framed by stone walls, you might discover «glacières», these natural cavities where the valley breeders used to ripen the cheese. Park at the car park of the hamlet of Mollard on RD114 (Les Holmes). Enter the hamlet by crossing the Roizonne River. Take the right-hand side path between two farms, following Lac du Rif Bruyant . Keep on walking in the undergrowth until the arch bridge. Do not cross the bridge but climb up along the stream. At the 2nd bridge, cross the Rif Bruyant and turn left on the narrower trail going through the trees to get to the old hamlet.


Positive level difference:
350 m


Free of charge.

Opening date

From 01/05 to 31/10.

Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.