The Gorges of the Jogne
The Gorges of the Jogne course is located in the towns of Broc and Châtel-Sur-Montsalvens. The Gorges of the Jogne have been dug over thousands of years by the Jogne, a river that rises in the canton of Berne in Jaungründli and flows into Lake Gruyère and the Saane.
- 🏆 Gorges ranking: ⭐
- 🏃 Course ranking: ⭐⭐⭐
- 📍 Region: Gruyère FR
- 📐 Length: 5.4 km
- ⌛ Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
- 👍 Features: Montsalvens dam, ruins of Montsalvens castle
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Parking at the beginning of the path of the gorges.
The way forward
The forest road
The start is at the car park at the end of a small road that you take by turning right just before the bridge crossing the gorges on the main road Broc-Charmey. The route begins with a forest path from which you can already see the Jogne River below and a very pretty waterfall above.
After the end of this path, one goes along the gorges in its most impressive part with some tunnels and footbridges to cross the river. The height of the gorges is impressive, as are the huge blocks of stone that have fallen to the bottom of the river bed.
The ascent to the dam
The path continues upwards in the forest where you can see the river in the distance. It is well secured in the most dangerous areas but care should be taken with small children as the trail can be slippery and the slope very steep in other areas. The path ends up climbing very steeply with stairs to reach the top of the Montsalvens dam.
The Montsalvens dam
The route to get there takes 1 hour’s walk from the car park. At the dam, you can enjoy a picnic area and a beautiful landscape with the mountains and the lake of Montsalvens. The Montsalvens dam is one of the oldest concrete dams in Switzerland. Built in the 1920s, it is 50 metres high and its water, supplied by underground penstocks, is turbined by the Electrobroc factory in the village of Broc a few kilometres away. The Jogne River is still supplied with a residual flow of at least about 2 m³/s according to federal regulations.
The way back
One can choose to return by the same route for a total round trip time of 1 hour 45 minutes or undertake a nice loop that takes 2 hours 15 minutes recommended by La Torpille. In this case, we walk along the top of the dam and after a steep ascent we arrive at Châtel-sur-Montsalvens from where we enjoy a beautiful view of Moléson, Plan-Francey at the arrival of the funicular and the Gruyère Castle.
The Montsalvens castle
The route continues through the ruins of the castle of Montsalvens, which now only has its keep and some ramparts. It is possible to enter the base of the keep and its three meter thick walls through a small entrance.
The bridge on the gorges
After visiting this curiosity, we follow a small path that slopes down into the forest. The road crosses the Broc-Charmey road several times and it is necessary to be very attentive to road traffic at this time. We end up crossing the Jogne again on the road bridge from where we can see the Mont-Gibloux antenna and the Lac de la Gruyère formed by the Rossens dam to find the starting car park.
The beginning of the gorges can be closed due to landslides especially at the beginning of the season in spring, information can be found on the gorges website. In case of high temperatures, the gorges course is ideal because of its shaded course.
A video on the ascent of the gorges of the Jogne.
A video in drone of the Montsalvens dam and the Jogne gorges.