There are about dozen hiking trails going up to Saleve, varying from mild difficulty to steep ones, which are not recommended in winter.
Normal hiking time from bottom all the way up to Saleve is about 2:15h. This can of course vary depending on your speed and tempo.
1) From Telepherique
- By bus: Take bus 8 to Veyrier douane - terminal station, just at the border with France. From there cross the border and...:
- By car: Park a car at parking lot in front of Cable Car (telepherique) station (Route du Téléphérique, 74100, Etrembières, France) From there...:
Walk street Chemin du Bois Meriguet, going through the bridge (over highway) into the forest, where marked trail starts. Trail then winds up a very steep incline to the small village of Monnetier and then continuing up to Saleve, towards the upper cable car station.
2) Grande Gorge
Track starts with mild incline through the forest, which changes for more steep incline later on. Part of the road among the rocks has iron railings, at one point be careful not to roll down small rocks onto people walking under you.
This is one of fastest and most straight way to get up, with few good views. Hike gets You to Observatory.
3) Chemin d'orjobet
Park at free car parking lot:
97-99 Route de Vovray
74160 Collonges-sous-Salève, France
GPS: 46.132096, 6.156949
Point of interest: Cave: Trou de la tine
There is also a group of hikers, called Les Amis du Salève (Friends of Salève), that meet to explore a different route every Sunday morning at 10 am at the Bus 8 terminal at Veyrier-Douane.