Cascade de Sales

Cascade de Sales is a waterfall south of  Sixt Fer a Cheval (Samoens) in the region Rhone Alpes/Haute Savoie, France.

From Sixt Fer a Cheval drive south for 8 kilometers over road D29. At Salvagny you can see two nice waterfalls at the right side of the road: Cascade de Saubaudy and Cascade du Dechargeux. Very nice to visit but first drive further south following the signs D429 – route du Lignon. The road gets more narrow and you can see a big waterfall in the distance.

Then the second big waterfall shows up at the left side of the road: Cascade du Rouget. This is one of the biggest waterfalls in France and can be very powerful in summertime. The waterfall lies directly along the road and the view from the roadside is great. 

Drive further south until until the road ends at a small wooden restaurant and a parking (gps 46.021102, 6.768089). From the parking (Lignon) an easy trail runs to cascade de Sales.

From the parking: take the trail to Refuge de Sales, after 1.3 km (25 minutes) you already have reached a twin waterfall Cascade de la Pleureuse & cascade de Sauffaz. Until now the trail is easy with an ascent of 200 meter. 

Walk further to Refuge de Sales (GR5) for another 35 minutes (1.7 km) until you see another nice waterfall, cascade de Sales. 

In total one way it is a  3 kilometer walk which can be done in 60-80 minutes with a descent a little over 300 meter. Not a very difficult walk which is also suitable for children.

Cascade de Sales is a powerful single drop waterfall of 30 meters. Early summer a lot of snow is melting down from the mountain range above cascade de Sales with mountain peaks around 2.500 meter.

In the area of Sixt Fer a Cheval there are so many great waterfalls to many to mention but a visit that impressed me was the one to “Cirque du Fer-à-Cheval”. Here a dozen waterfalls are coming down over hundreds of meters.

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About Cascade de Sales

CountryFrance
RegionRhone Alpes/Haute Savoie
LocationSixt Fer a Cheval-Samoens
RiverTorrent de Sales
Height30m
Latitude46.001447
Longitude6.753944
Best visitSpring-early summer
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WaterfallDistance (linear)Rating
Cascade de la Pleureuse 1 km
Cascade de la Sauffaz 1 km
Cascade d'Anterne 3 km
Cascade du Rouget 4 km
Dechargeux, Cascade du 4 km

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