Cycling routes

Cycling routes

Col du Lein – Legendary Mountain Passes

The col du Lein from Saxon takes you from the centre of the Rhone Valley up to 1,658 metres. This long climb of more than 14 kilometres is relatively unknown but imposing. The route then heads back down towards Vollèges and the Val de Bagnes.

Leaving Saxon in the heart of the Rhone Valley, the first switchbacks of the col du Lein wind through meadows and sunny orchards. The road follows the torrent des Croix and crosses the hamlets of Sapinhaut and l'Arbarey. Little by little, the view over the central Valais below opens and offers a panorama from Martigny to Sion. As you approach the summit of the pass, the Pierre Avoi mountain that has dominated the climb will become more and more massive and impressive. The last few hundred metres are on dirt road as you cross over above the Val de Bagnes.

Turn-by-turn directions

The col du Lein is one of the most demanding climbs in central Valais. It allows you to pass from Saxon to Vollèges, thus also the possibility to travel from Sion to Verbier on small roads without having to pass through Martigny! The beginning of the climb takes place in an environment typical of the Valais plain – apricot trees, vineyards and apple trees surround you during the first few kilometres. Then you cross through mountain pastures as you follow the countless switchbacks before reaching a pine forest before the summit of the pass. The last part of the climb is full of surprises as it unfolds on a small section of unpaved road that gives an extra special touch to this classic route!

Start: Saxon (465 m)
Destination: Col du Lein (1659 m)

Technical information

  • Altitude

    1686 m 465 m

  • Ascent

    1221 m

  • Descent

    26 m

  • Technique

    Bewertung: 3.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Stamina

    Bewertung: 4.0 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Experience

    Bewertung: 4 von 5.0 Punkten

  • Landscape

    Bewertung: 5.0 von 5.0 Punkten

Public transport

Regional trains on the Simplon line to Saxon.


From Lausanne/Martigny : Motorway A9, take the 23 (Saxon) exit and follow Route du Léman to arrive in Saxon.

From Sion/Brig : Motorway A9, take the 24 (Riddes) exit and follow the cantonal road to the village of Saxon.


Parking at the village of Saxon. Follow the local car park routeing in Saxon.


We recommend: bike in excellent working order, helmet, gloves and bell, clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.

Safety information

Use marked bike trails and routes only, and observe all signposting. Please close gates after passing through. Please be considerate to walkers and to plants and animals. As a rule, walkers have priority. When planning, take into account participants’ fitness level and ability. All riding is at one’s own risk.

Additional information

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SwissTopo Maps: 1305 Dent de Morcles / 1325 Sembrancher