The wheel and kettle hike
From the bowling parking lot (signpost marking the departure point for the circuit) a stony trail (yellow waymarking) heads down into the forest to a bridge bordered by old buildings: the old Thévenin sawmill.
After exploring the sawmill, make a round trip to the Giant’s Kettles.
On returning to the sawmill, continue along the road back to the village by following the return (RETOUR) signs for the wheel and kettle hike.
When you reach “rue de la Gare”, walk up the road to head back to the bowling parking lot.
During this short trip, five interpretive signs provide explanations on this natural environment and on man’s hydraulic additions:
• The old Thévenin sawmill
• The concrete penstock
• The Wheel’s features
• The Giant’s Kettles
• Log arrivals
Recommendations: During rainy weather, the trail down to the Semine may be slippery, we strongly advise against climbing onto the rocks.
Road access: 10km away at the crossroads between Nantua, Oyonnax and Bellegarde, Saint-Germain-de-Joux is accessible via the A40, the D 1084 and the D 55.
Suggested parking: bowling parking lot, or parking areas around the church
Departure point: the bowling parking lot, rue de la Gare.