Chalets de Sales: an historical moutain pasture
Human impacts on landscape
Le Clos, first located under an ice mantle for a long time, hosted very different plant species(birch, cembro pine, etc) than the ones you can observe today. The geomorphologist who studied the geological situation in order to understand the establishment conditions of flora and fauna and the settling of humans, assume the presence of a lake after the retreat of the ice mantle. The surrounding terrain was gradually worn away, leaving the marks of its slow erosion on its slopes. Then came human intervention: the area was hosting forests, which were cut down in order to obtain grassland, and is now slowly but surely reverting to forest.
No mountain pasture at Sales without the Sales' mountain pass
Living on the slopes
A religious helping hand
Munk's Rhubarb or Alpine Dock
To the women of the mountains
Lapiaz: indicating rocks
A commercial mountain pass
In the past, the Portette pass, and later on the pass of Le Dérochoir after the landslide in 1751, were frequently used routes for buying, selling or exchanging mountain pastures products (cheeses, quartz crystals, donkeys, horses) with the inhabitants of the Arve valley and on european commercial circuits. So no, Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval was not isolated from the rest of the world!
- At the Lignon river, go up the forest path to the Chalets de Sales.
- After the Cascade de la Pleureuse, continue straight forwards on the path following the Chalets de Sales.
- When you arrive on a flat area, follow the path always straight ahead.
- At the Chalets de Sales, continue on the main road and cross the village, direction "le Grand Pré"
- At the "Grand Pré", turn back by the same route.
Presence of herds protected by patous, adopt an appropriate behavior, adopt the right behavior.
Soyez prudent et prévoyant lors de la randonnée. Asters, CEN 74 n'est pas tenu responsable en cas d'accident ou de désagrément quelconque survenu sur ce circuit.
Access and parking
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