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Climbing in Fontainebleau

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Boulder climbing, the particularity of Fontainebleau

If you want to practice sports activities, the Fontainebleau area is rich in climbing spots. Indeed, if you are looking for an exceptional climbing site without leaving the territory, or even in the whole of Europe, set course for Fontainebleau. Here you will find some of the most impressive bouldering sites in the world. It is no coincidence that part of the history of climbing was built in this region.

In the first decade of the 20th century, this region witnessed the beginning of the history of modern climbing. It was home to groups that pioneered the sport, such as the rochassiers and the bleausards, who took their name from the site. Fontainebleau thus plays an important role in the history of climbing in general.
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9 climbing sites in Fontainebleau

These 9 climbing circuits are located near the Fontainebleau campsite, La Rivière Dorée. Take advantage of your stay in unusual accommodation to discover these beautiful sites. The campsite has great facilities for solo climbers, couples, small and large groups.

Although Fontainebleau offers some of the best climbing sites in France, it is up to you to choose your destination carefully. To fully enjoy your climbing experience in the area, choose the must-see spots.

Among many others, here are 9 climbing sites in Fontainebleau that are among the most popular and can guarantee you a great adventure. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced climber, you will find the right spot for your level and experience in this selection.

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Tours for beginners

The Bas Cuivrer Circuit

If you are staying in Bleau, this route is a must. It is located not far from the main road and is suitable for all levels of climbers. There are more than 260 reference boulders on the site, with some quite original round holds as well as some not very engaging passages. To get there, simply take the route de la Solitude and park at the carrefour de l'Épine.

The Canche aux Merciers

If you are looking for fairly easy starts, this circuit is for you. It offers you the chance to start your session sitting in the sand, and the crossings are well worth the effort. If you have never climbed before, this route is ideal for getting to grips with the sport. It offers very little height, so you won't get scared or dizzy. La Canche aux Merciers is located on the Vallée d'Arbonne road in Noisy-sur-École.

Rocher Canon

This site is the easiest to access of the three beginner circuits. You can reach it by train from Bois-le-Roi station and after a half hour walk through the most beautiful landscapes of the Fontainebleau forest. Historically, Rocher Canon was one of the first climbing routes in the region. It offers many crossings that are sure to impress.

Sites for intermediaries


It offers no less than 300 signposted boulders and extensive trails, which means that you have plenty of choice. You can even do the Apremont circuit in several sessions. To get there, go to the Bas Bréau car park on the Barbizon road.

Cul du Chien

If you are looking for a family site, the Cul du Chien is the right address for you. In the middle of a small sandy desert, this circuit is located at the Parking 3 Pigeons in Noisy-sur-École. This site offers you two large roofs that are very famous in Fontainebleau. Note that it is aimed at experienced sportsmen.


This tour is not very recommended in winter, as it is very hard. Therefore, if you want to go there, prefer another season. It offers "hightballs", rocks that are higher than normal. You can find rocks that can reach up to 8 metres above the ground. To get there, drive to the dead end at Mont Sarrazin.

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Sectors for experts


This route gets its nickname from the fact that it cooks climbers who want to try it. It offers many boulders of different categories in 7, notably 7a, 7b and 7c. How to get there? Take the route du Loup and stop at the Plaine de Macherin junction.


This circuit is very sensitive to humidity. Therefore, it is only recommended for experienced climbers. Nevertheless, it also offers passages with very little commitment and good reception. To get there, take the same road mentioned above that leads to the Cuisinière. These two routes are adjacent.

The 95.2

This last circuit, for the experts, is perched on one of the 3 pigeon hills. However, to do the 95.2, you need to master some techniques. On the other hand, this circuit offers you many possibilities in terms of opening. So if you want to take up this challenge, drive to the Croix Saint Jérôme car park on the Vallée Close road.

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