Les Echelles de la mort, Charquemont

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#2 of 13 in Outdoors in Doubs
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Located on the Swiss border, Les Echelles de la mort are steps that were used by smugglers to cross the cliffs and enter Switzerland. You can climb the "scales of death" ladders that allowed smugglers to evade taxes by transporting goods, such as flour, sugar, coffee, and tobacco. Embedded in the canyon rock, these metal ladders are a popular hiking trail leading up to a comfortable gazebo where you can rest and enjoy the scenery. Plan to visit Les Echelles de la mort and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Charquemont attractions using our Charquemont vacation generator.
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  • It was very hot and we had not carried enough water. No restaurant on the route between Theusseret and Charquemont. It is the Valley of the thirst. Otherwise the setting is beautiful and the route within the reach of all.
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  • I went for the scales. The road is not terrible to go. On-site, done in 15 minutes. Nice but no more, there are much better in the Jura
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  • Nestled in a Valley called the Valley of death, which is accessible by a very narrow road, planted in the midst of lush vegetation, this high place of French-Swiss smuggling was the scene of barely imaginable adventures. At the beginning of the 20th century they found the body without smugglers Swiss who were trying to cross the steep cliffs that separate two countries of calves tied on their shoulders... must see.
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