Rock climbing

Rock climbing

There is something you probably won’t notice while walking the trails or admiring the view: many rock climbing cliffs are hiding right beneath you!

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Lots of people – coming from the neighborhood or from much further – enjoy Cessens and its rock climbing cliffs – and many routes. Four climbing areas are available: Initiation, Topolino, Sapenay and Degre 6 (various difficulty levels).

Topos are available on the Atelier Rocabilo website. You can also keep up to date with the climbing zones news on the Escalade à Cessens Facebook page. For note: these websites are in French.

Initiation et Topolino rock climbing areas

  • Where to park? Château Barthelier parking lot (about 200 meters after the chapel, driving towards Col du Sapenay).
  • How to get there? From the parking lot, make a right onto the road going towards Col du Sapenay, walk for about 800 meters then take the small trail on your left. The trail will lead you to the southern paragliding launch site. Walk past the canvas sheet, on the left side. A small trail will take you to the Initiation and Topolino areas.
  • Number of routes: 28 in each climbing area

Sapenay climbing area

  • Where to park? From Cessens, follow direction Col du Sapenay and drive past the little chapel. A bit further, the road will make some sharp turns, you can park on the second one (very small parking lot).
  • How to get there? There is a small trail across from the small parking lot. At the crossroad, go straight and go down a steep rocky path. Alternative access (with tricky section) is available in the topo guide.
  • Number of routes: 63 on the left cliff, 127 on the right cliff.

Degre 6 climbing area

  • Where to park? 500 meters past the hang gliding parking lot (parking “Delta”), in a small grass triangle parking lot.
  • How to get there? Take the trail at the end of the parking then make a right onto a smaller trail.
  • Number of routes: 18


It is not particularly convenient for visitors to access these rock climbing areas and have a look. If you decide to go anyway, we recommend you to wear suitable shoes. Some parts of the trails can be tricky.

Please do park in the parking lots mentioned in the topo guides as parking along the road or in the fields would disturb traffic and damage the fields.

In summer time, refreshments are available at the Chalet Belvedere du Sapenay, located close to the climbing sites.

If you are on a visit to Cessens and would like to spend the night close by, you may stay at the Paquenot B&B.

Thank you to Stephane, from Atelier Rocabilo, for contributing to this website by sharing useful information and pictures.

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