Crossing of Mont Jalla from Saint-Martin le Vinoux to the Bastille

Equipment : Sports pédestres, Itinéraire de randonnée pédestre

During this family walk, you will cross Mont-Jalla which overlooks Grenoble from Saint-Martin le Vinoux.

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This hike allows you to discover the Clémencière valley nestled between the Néron and Mont Rachais. Near the ‘Conrad Kilian‘ bus stop in Saint-Martin le Vinoux
Take the little road to Narbonne. Shortly after, the trail rises quickly, allowing you to admire the opulent villas built on this sunny slope. Once the first 200 meters have been climbed, the slope softens before reaching the hamlet of Narbonne, highlighted by its beautiful castle.
Then follow the small road towards Gatinet. The change of mood is striking, moving quickly from a peri-urban area to a landscape of meadows and orchards of mid-mountain.
At Gatinet, begin the descent to the right towards the Souchet stream, which you will cross at the level of the ruins of an old mill. Indeed, hydraulic energy was used to move the heavy grindstones still lying there. The ascent to Mont Jalla will be smooth, towards Mas Gaché, reached after crossing the road to Col de Clémencière.
The path, now due south, goes towards Mount Jalla, passing near the old quick cement quarries. Mont Jalla is today the site of the national memorial of the mountain troops, inaugurated in June 2000. This square also bears the ruins of the upper station of the cable which was used to bring down the rock extracted from the upper galleries towards the factory of the ovens, 300m lower! But if the military and industrial history of the place is fascinating, the or rather the views are striking: from Mont Blanc to the north-east, via the Belledonne massif, further on the Matheysine, the Dévoluy in the south, and of course the Vercors.
This Chartreuse balcony is definitely an essential Grenoble hiking objective. The descent towards the Bastille is made by a wide track which arrives on the glacis. After visiting the site, you have several options for reaching the city. The cable car, of course, but also on foot via the Jardins des Dauphins. The latter allows you to discover the educational totems of the geological path.
The stages of the circuit:
Pique Pierre / Le Canet / Narbonne / Gatinet / Gomma / Mas Cachet / Mont Jalla / La Chênaie 630m / L'Adret / Pied du Glacis / La Bastille / Terrasse des Géologues / Pointe du Vent / La Chênaie / La Passerelle / Jardin des Dauphins / Porte de France
At Mont Jalla The memorial:
The national mountain troops memorial was inaugurated on June 17, 2000, to the glory of the 150,000 mountain soldiers who fell for France since their creation in 1888.


Free of charge.

Opening periods

All year round.

Subject to favorable weather.

Equipments and characteristics

  • Pets allowed
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Accès Tram : Tram E arrêt "Saint Martin le Vinoux - Hôtel de Ville"
Bus 55, 56 arrêt " Conrad Kilian"

  • Latitude: 45.206322
  • longitude: 5.708945


  • Arrêt de transport en commun à moins de 500 m
  • Vue montagne

Track characteristics

8 km
Positive level difference:
580 m
Daily duration:
3h 30min

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