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Vens Bike

Mountain Bike · Valais
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  • Village du Levron
    / Village du Levron
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  • / Alpage, vache d'Hérens
    Photo: Valais/Wallis Promotion
  • / Col des Planches, hameau
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Starting in Vollèges, this panoramic circular trail climbs to the village of Levron and up to the Col du Lein before looping back down to Vollèges via Vens.

moderate
26.1 km
3:25 h
972 m
972 m

This magnificent mountain bike ride takes you up to the panoramic ridge high above Vollèges and its three cols: Col du Lein, Col du Tronc and Col des Planches. The route goes through alpine pastures and larch forests, revealing glorious views of different valleys. Along the way you can taste local produce at small farm restaurants, visit disused mines, see traditional wooden barns and chalets plus, if you’re lucky, spot marmots.

Author’s recommendation

Take time to enjoy the idyllic landscapes around the Col du Lein, the Col du Tronc and the Col des Planches.

Difficulty
S0 moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Col du Lein, 1659 m
Lowest point
Sembrancher, 712 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Use marked bike trails and routes only, and observe all signposting. Please close gates after passing through. Please be considerate to walkers and to plants and animals. As a rule, walkers have priority. When planning, take into account participants’ fitness level and ability. All riding is at one’s own risk.

Equipment

We recommend: bike in excellent working order, helmet, gloves and bell, clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.

Start

Vollèges (843 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.086831, 7.170402
UTM
32T 358552 5105322

Destination

Vollèges

Turn-by-turn directions

From Vollèges, follow the forest trail signposted “Couvert du Laget”; a steady climb leads you to Levron. Along the way, you spot isolated traditional farmsteads and enjoy a magnificent view of Vollèges way below, framed by mountains. After a few wider, shallower zig-zags, you continue climbing until you reach the Col du Lein. You then follow the track along the ridge to Le Tronc and then the Col des Planches. Here you begin your descent, passing close to the alpine farmstead of Les Plans and then through Vens to reach Etiez. Finally, a steep climb brings you to the end of the ride in Vollèges, where you began.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

SBB train (Swiss Federal Railways) to Martigny, and then local TMR train to Etiez via Sembrancher.

Getting there

A9 motorway to Martigny (exit 22), then follow directions for the Great St Bernard Pass (route E27). At Sembrancher turn left, following signs for “Verbier, Fionnay, Bruson”. Take the second turning on the left towards Etiez-Le Levron. Continue along Route du Dzardy, then Route d’Etiez, and then Chemin de la Plâtraye. 

Parking

We recommend using public transport, as car parks in Vollèges offer parking of limited duration.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

The tourist office in XY has got brochures and information material about mountain biking in the region.

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo maps 1:25’000: 1325 Sembrancher


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Valais/Wallis Promotion
March 21, 2019 · Valais/Wallis Promotion
Dear Mr. Vandeman, In Switzerland and Valais, mountain bikers are legally allowed to use hiking routes. When it comes to promote cycling and mountain biking offers and infrastructure, Valais/Wallis Promotion complies, like Switzerland Tourism, with the official directives, whereby it must be based on approved cycle paths and mountain bike routes. Therefore, Valais/Wallis Promotion works closely with Valrando, the Department of Territorial Development, and only with destinations that have an approved network of mountain bike trails. The routes published on our platform have been subject to a cantonal homologation procedure and users are therefore authorised to use these mountain bike routes. More informations about coexistence between hiking and mountain biking. Common position Suisse Rando/bpa – Bureau de prévention des accidents/Swiss Cycling/ SuisseMobile/Club Alpin Suisse CAS/Remontées Mécaniques Suisses/ Suisse Tourisme/Fédération suisse du tourisme : Download the PDF: FR: https://www.bfu.ch/fr/Documents/01_Ratgeber/01_Ratgeber-Unfallverhuetung/02_Sport-und-Bewegung/2017_Coexistence_rand-pedestre_velo_vtt.pdf DE: https://www.sl-fp.ch/admin/data/files/asset/file_it/279/1902_prise_de_position_vtt_def.pdf?lm=1550764789 For any further information do not hesitate to contact us. Best regards, Valais/Wallis Promotion
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Mike Vandeman
March 06, 2019 · Community
Bicycles should not be allowed in any natural area. They are inanimate objects and have no rights. There is also no right to mountain bike. That was settled in federal court in 1996: https://mjvande.info/mtb10.htm . It's dishonest of mountain bikers to say that they don't have access to trails closed to bikes. They have EXACTLY the same access as everyone else -- ON FOOT! Why isn't that good enough for mountain bikers? They are all capable of walking.... A favorite myth of mountain bikers is that mountain biking is no more harmful to wildlife, people, and the environment than hiking, and that science supports that view. Of course, it's not true. To settle the matter once and for all, I read all of the research they cited, and wrote a review of the research on mountain biking impacts (see https://mjvande.info/scb7.htm ). I found that of the seven studies they cited, (1) all were written by mountain bikers, and (2) in every case, the authors misinterpreted their own data, in order to come to the conclusion that they favored. They also studiously avoided mentioning another scientific study (Wisdom et al) which did not favor mountain biking, and came to the opposite conclusions. Mountain bikers also love to build new trails - legally or illegally. Of course, trail-building destroys wildlife habitat - not just in the trail bed, but in a wide swath to both sides of the trail! E.g. grizzlies can hear a human from one mile away, and smell us from 5 miles away. Thus, a 10-mile trail represents 100 square miles of destroyed or degraded habitat, that animals are inhibited from using. Mountain biking, trail building, and trail maintenance all increase the number of people in the park, thereby preventing the animals' full use of their habitat. See https://mjvande.info/scb9.htm for details. Mountain biking accelerates erosion, creates V-shaped ruts, kills small animals and plants on and next to the trail, drives wildlife and other trail users out of the area, and, worst of all, teaches kids that the rough treatment of nature is okay (it's NOT!). What's good about THAT? To see exactly what harm mountain biking does to the land, watch this 5-minute video: http://vimeo.com/48784297. In addition to all of this, it is extremely dangerous: https://mjvande.info/mtb_dangerous.htm . For more information: https://mjvande.info/mtbfaq.htm . The common thread among those who want more recreation in our parks is total ignorance about and disinterest in the wildlife whose homes these parks are. Yes, if humans are the only beings that matter, it is simply a conflict among humans (but even then, allowing bikes on trails harms the MAJORITY of park users -- hikers and equestrians -- who can no longer safely and peacefully enjoy their parks). The parks aren't gymnasiums or racetracks or even human playgrounds. They are WILDLIFE HABITAT, which is precisely why they are attractive to humans. Activities such as mountain biking, that destroy habitat, violate the charter of the parks. Even kayaking and rafting, which give humans access to the entirety of a water body, prevent the wildlife that live there from making full use of their habitat, and should not be allowed. Of course those who think that only humans matter won't understand what I am talking about -- an indication of the sad state of our culture and educational system.
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Difficulty
S0 moderate
Distance
26.1 km
Duration
3:25h
Ascent
972 m
Descent
972 m
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