From family hikes under an hour to sporty treks of more than 4 hours, the marked trails of the Bastille are perfect for hikers of all levels. Whether you choose the flower-lined paths of the Jardin des Dauphins of the cultural trails on the Saint Laurent side, you’re guaranteed to enjoy your hike and discover something new with each stairway and gallery.
- The Bastille from the Saint-Laurent side
30 to 45 min downhill and 45mn to
1h15 uphill – difference
in level: 300m – paths and stairs.
Coming from the stronghold, go down east, following the
sign «Porte Saint Laurent». This path is
both a fitness trail and a cultural stroll focusing on
the defensive system. From there, you can access the
Musée Dauphinois, the archaeological site of Saint-Laurent,
the CCSTI or the Musée de Grenoble, by crossing
the Isère River.
If you feel trained enough, use the great staircase,
also called « the Giants’ stairs »,
following the east trench of the fortress.
- The Bastille from the Porte de France side
20 to 40 min downhill and 45 to 1h
uphill – difference
in level: 300m – paths and stairs.
Coming from the cable-car top station, head toward the
lower place and follow the stairs, going west toward the
sign «Porte de France», which will take you
to blockhouses and fire-steps.
Running parallel to the Via Ferrata, you’ll get to
the Guy Pape park and then to the Dauphins garden equipped
with an open air playground. This shady path will take
you through a mosaic of trees and flowers where birds,
insects, rodents, butterflies and other birds of prey find
- The Powder Magazine Promenade
30 min the loop with a 50m difference
in level or 1h all the way to the bottom with a 230m
difference in level – paths
From the lower place of the stronghold (place Tournadre),
follow the path and go down on your right, facing the Vercors.
This will take you to blockhouses, fire-steps and further
away, you will see a watchtower. Run parallel to the crenel
wall. Bellow and between the trees, you’ll see the
Rabot citadel. You then may turn left on the small path,
heading toward the powder magazine («la poudrière»),
which will take you back to your starting point; or you
may continue on the path that will take you down to the
- From the Blockhouse
to the Mandrin caves
30 min, around 30m difference in level, paths and stairs.
The defensive system
Climb up the stairs leaning against the souvenir shop and
discover the back of the blockhouse that used to hold cannons
directed toward the Chartreuse. Go back to the lower place
and leave the fortress by its main door, a former drawbridge.
Run parallel to the blockhouse and climb the metallic stairs,
on your right, which will take you inside the trench. After
your visit, run parallel to the glacis, following the road
and crossing the footbridge, which will take you to the
Mandrin caves. The legend says that famous Dauphinois bandit
would have hidden his treasure there, but he was actually
killed a century before their construction!
Go down the impressive 260 steps underground stairs and
a path will then take you back to the fortress main door.
- Mont Jalla,
mountain troops’ national
30min, a 140m difference in level – path.
From the headland of the Mont Jalla, at a height of 643m
and after climbing the GR9 trail, you’ll enjoy the
amazing panorama, looking North East at the Chartreuse
foothill, at the transverse valley of Voreppe north-west,
as well as the Mont-Blanc, the Belledonne Chain, the Oisans,
triève and Vercors mountains.
the Chartreuse massif
- La Bastille, from the regional
natural park side
De 2 à 4h et jusqu’à plusieurs jours !
Vous êtes à la porte méridionale du
Parc Naturel de la Chartreuse et pouvez partir pour de
plus longues randonnées vers Saint-Martin-le-Vinoux,
la Tronche ou le Mont Rachais… En suivant le chemin
de grande randonnée le GR9, vous allez pouvoir découvrir
le parc de Chartreuse en randonnant pendant plusieurs jours…
- Fort de la Bastille: opening hours same as the Cable-car.
- Jardin des Dauphins :
From September 16th to March 31st:
Opening: 9am / closed up: 5.30pm / closed down: 6pm.
From April 1st to September 15th:
Opening: 9am / closed up: 7.30pm / closed down: 8pm.
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