Dole to Lons le Saunier – Le Chemin ViaCluny & Le GR59

Dole à Lons le Saunier
Via le Chemin ViaCluny & le GR59


Dole to Lons le Saunier – Le Chemin ViaCluny & Le GR59 : I started this trek the 18th of October 2021. This is my third trek of the year. This time I trekked from the town of Dole to Lons le Saunier

From Dole starting with the chemin ViaCluny and meeting with up with the GR59 at the town of Arc-et-Senans. Finishing at the town of Lons le Saunier.

Dole to Lons le Saunier is roughly 145 kms long and just over 3700m of total ascent.

The whole of the trace was extremely well indicated.
With the usual French balisage for a GR red and white.

As always. I used my Garmin GPS 66i when or if I needed to check on the trace or modify my trace as I sometimes do. https://www.minty95.com/garmin-inreach-66i-i-like-it/

I started from the town Dole after taking the train from Paris the day before. I planned to do this trek it in five days and according to my GPX trace it was 150 kms long.

As usual I was taking My Atoms Pack, The Mo 50L. My Tarptent StratoSpire1.
A big change for me this trek was that I was using a alcohol burner rather than gaz. Using the Toaks Ti alcohol stove in the photo below. It worked very well and I believe that I’ll stick with it in the future.

Ti Toaks alcohol stove. Perfect

Ti Toaks alcohol stove.
Perfect. It works really well.
I only ever heat water, either for lyophilisé food, or coffee

In this link is the full list of my equipment. 12 kilos total including five lyophilisé meals and water. https://lighterpack.com/r/nd11ft

Day 1

From Dole the walk starts with couple of kms of very quiet country roads. Then into the forest you go. The first 40 kms of this trek are flat which is just great for starting a trek. Straight away the paths are really lovely, mostly all ‘singletracks’, this was true for the whole length of the track.

I was lucky, the weather was on my side and I very soon changed into a pair of shorts, and off came my jacket for just a t-shirt.

After 32 kms of walking I pitched my tent in a farmers ‘garden’, just after Arc-en-Senans. I had planned to pitch it earlier, but didn’t find anything suitable.

A long day. I pitched early because night comes quickly at this time of the year. At 8pm it’s dark. So I was tucked up in my in my tent under my Cumulus 450 quilt nice and early.

As I previously stated this section is fairly flat, only 361 total ascent which is nothing.

Here’s the day’s GPX trace that I recorded on my Garmin 66i, if you want to download it : https://bit.ly/3vD9Kog

Nice pitch in a farmers garden
Day 2

The next morning I started around 9 am, again starting with some lovely paths. A couple of kms from where I had camped were the start of some very nice vineyards. Today had more total ascent this time (Dénivelé in French, is a far better word). I had only walked 26 kms but had 813m of total ascent. 6 kms less, but double yesterdays dénivelé.

Here I pitched my tent in the most wonderful spot. A patch of green in the middle of the forest that is a take off area for para-gliders. A beautiful view, no wind as I was protected on three sides by the forest. Pretty dammed perfect. The best bivouac space I’ve ever had. You can see the view that I had from where I had camped.

Here’s the day’s GPX trace that I recorded on my Garmin 66i, if you want to download it : https://bit.ly/3vD9Kog

Day 3

Third day, this day was hardest. 34 kms for 1412 total ascent. Because this day I was tired. I ended up booking a Gite for the night at the town Pupillin. It’s about the 90 kms mark. Just before Pupillin there are some good spots for bivouacs.

As it was already late I had to to use my frontal (head torch) for the last 30 minutes. The forest was already dark. Luckily I love walking with a frontal, it’s such fun. I was so tired when I arrived at the gîte, I didn’t even eat. At 9 pm I was already in bed.

This section was long and hard. For those that want to do less than the five days or 145 kms walking. You could call it a day at the town of Arbois. Quite a distance before the town of Pupillin.

Here’s the day’s GPX trace that I recorded on my Garmin 66i, if you want to download it : https://bit.ly/30U7Gx0

Day 4

Fourth day, and not quite so hard this time. 26 kms for 978 total ascent. Once again I found a nice spot at the edge of some fields just off the GR. During the night it rained. Though it had stopped when I got up. It was very misty for the first couple of hours then the sun came back.

Here’s the day’s GPX trace that I recorded on my Garmin 66i, if you want to download it : https://bit.ly/3E8Q9PN

Day 5

The last day. This was the last leg to the town Lon le Saunier. Easier than the two previous days. 27 kms for 711 total ascent. Though two really big, and very long and quite technical downs and ups. The first one just after the town of Chateau-Chalon, this one is long, oh so long and quite tricky as mostly stones everywhere, great for breaking ankles, and when you get to the bottom at Blois-sur-Selle, then you do the same thing again except it goes up. Luckily I use trekking poles. I really needed them.

Later at Baume-les Messieurs, I cheated and took the road rather than the GR up to the Grottes de Baumes, same distance, its a very quiet road and a Cul de Sac so no traffic. Then an extremely steep up with steps up to the top of the cliffs, it’s lovely, with great views.

From here on its a mostly downhill walk to the end at Lons le Saunier

Here’s the day’s GPX trace that I recorded on my Garmin 66i, if you want to download it : https://bit.ly/3pvpV6f

Finally, the end of my trek. Dole to Lons le Saunier - Le Chemin ViaCluny & Le GR59
The End
The end

Nearly all the tracks were singletracks. Very little tarmac or wide forest paths, this has to be one of my most agreeable treks I’ve done. The views are beautiful. It’s never too high, the highest point only being 600m and the lowest about 200m

So ended my trek Dole to Lons le Saunier – Le Chemin ViaCluny & Le GR59. One of the best treks yet. Nothing to complicated. Nothing to hard. The paths and views were really lovely.

Dole to Lons le Saunier – Le Chemin ViaCluny & Le GR59. For info, The first three days could almost all be done on a bike, MTB or even a Gravel up to the town of Arbois, the last two days are too difficult.

If you want more details, like where I pitched my tent for the bivouac, just ask.

Here’s the complete GPX trace that I used if you want to download it : https://bit.ly/3jvsn8V

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