Les Echelles de la mort, Charquemont

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#3 of 12 in Outdoors in Doubs
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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  • August 18, 2017
    A series of metal ladders (now closer to stairs) quite steep which allow to make the climb from the cliff and enjoy on top of an exceptional view of the canyon formed by the Doubs. Accessible to the greatest number because the site is very well secured, except for people in poor physical condition because it is a long ride (100 meters in elevation over a distance of 300 meters) rising from the car park to the belvedere is fast enough, you can extend by trails that continue after the view.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Requires an accessible to much effort. The view is worth a good time and a local history to discover
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  • July 9, 2017
    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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