Chemin de randonnée en direction du Crêt du Nu sur le Plateau de RetordChemin de randonnée en direction du Crêt du Nu sur le Plateau de Retord
©Chemin de randonnée en direction du Crêt du Nu sur le Plateau de Retord|Philippe Meunier - Saint Thomas TV

Hikes on the Plateau de Retord

The Plateau de Retord, an outstanding playground for outdoor activities lovers in the Jura Mountains!
From the fun family walk from the Plans d’Hotonnes resort to the hike for experienced walkers, the tranquillity of these natural landscapes will surprise you.

La ronde des Plans

Starting from the resort of Les Plans d’Hotonnes, this pleasant hike will take you to the Beauregard panorama. Facing Mont Blanc, it gives an impressive panorama on the Alps.


    To make the most of it
    • The panorama of the Alps from the Crêt de Beauregard.
    • Fields of wildflowers in spring.
    • The freshness of the Plateau de Retord in summer.
    • Autumn colors of the beech forests.
    • Numerous summer activities available at the resort.

    Montagne Expériences by ESF des Plans d’Hotonnes organises of many outdoor sporting events during the summer period.
    Biathlon, rollerskiing, mountain biking, hiking, all-terrain electric scooters, Sport & Fun Days, seminar days, paragliding…

    On the steps of the WW2 French resistance

    Follow the steps of the first members of the local resistance during WWII on the thematic path of the “Maquis de Retord”. You will discover Plateau de Retord and its history thanks to the different information panels retracing the history of these locations along the loop. (Only in French).

    To make the most of it
    • The information panels on the historical context and the daily life of the local resistance (in French).
    • The vast landscapes of Plateau de Retord.
    • The possibility of having a lunch stop at the Berthet restaurant ideally located halfway along the loop.

    About this theme:

    Visit the Departmental Museum of the History of Resistance and Deportation located in Nantua.

    Le tour de Retord

      In the midst of Luc Jacquet’s film “The Fox and the Child”, the Retord Plateau is revealed in all its characteristics: combs and forests, typical isolated farms, vast spaces and ridges such as the Crêt du Nu and Tumet with remarkable views of Mont Blanc and the Alps.

      To make the most of it
      • The natural landscape of the Plateau de Retord.
      • Panoramic views of the Alps and Mont Blanc.
      • The ascent to the summit of the Plateau de Retord: the Crêt du Nu.
      • Wildflowers blooming everywhere.
      • The possibility of booking your delicious homemade snack at the sheepfold in Les Bergonnes.

      Hot tub, traditional sauna and massages.
      After the hike, enjoy a moment of relaxation in the heart of the Plans d’Hotonnes resort.

      La boucle de l'Oreille

      Nature trail of 4.2 km promoting the biodiversity and the knowledge of the nature  secrets. You will meet 10 points of interest materialized by wooden sculptures in the shape of mushrooms. These are listed in the accompanying booklet on sale in the shops of the resort. (French only).

      To make the most of it
      • The 10 “side steps” to find along the course.
      • The discovery of the unsuspected properties of the wild flowers of the Plateau de Retord.
      • Treat yourself to the Berthet restaurant after the walk.

      Find the booklet, hiking equipment, maps and many local products at the Servi’Nature bike rental and repair shop.

      • The possibility of enjoying all the other summer activities on the Plateau de Retord (mountain bike and eMTB rental, electric all-terrain scooter rental, orienteering course, roller-skiing and biathlon initiation, archery, visit sheepfold, herd hike, wellness area, etc.).

      Find the accompanying booklet, as well as many local products, cold drinks and souvenirs at the shop Ain’s Temps Loisirs.

      Fun orienteering courses

      Plans d'Hotonnes
      To make the most of it
      • Great fun, the maps are a real quest that can motivate children (and adults as well!).
      • Of an easy level, the beacons located on the map are accessible to all.
      • A wide choice of accommodation nearby.

      New to orienteering? Book yourself a private lesson!
      Activ’Plein Air in Plans d’Hotonnes offers you tailor-made orientation initiation, archery, Nordic walking, hiking and even forest baths!