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This excellent hike allows you to visit the National Nature Reserve of Baillettaz.
With a little luck and a keen sense of observation, the hiker will have the opportunity to approach (but not disturb) the king of the mountains, the Alpine Ibex! From the Fornet cable car departure station, go back down the RD 902 for about 150m.
Take the only tarmac road that climbs steeply to the right.
After passing the “tourne” (embankment followed by a ditch), follow the trail that goes to the right. At each intersection, take the left junction until the Col de la Bailletta.
The path has a flat-uphill profile after the crossing through the hamlet (about 1 km), and the slope is accentuated between the entrance into the nature reserve (Rouvines stream) and the first plateau of Couart below (850 m).
The trail winds up to the 2nd plateau of Couart above.
Then, cross a scree field up to the Col de la Bailletta.
Follow the cairns in case of late snowfall.
For a picnic, don’t hesitate to go down to the Bailletta lake, as the pass is often windy. To return reverse the route.