Hike along the Fier in Nâves-Parmelan / Cascade de Grattepanche

In the Spring of 2020, I went on a loop between Annecy-le-Vieux and Nâves-Parmelan: Starting from Vignières near where I live, I crossed the Fier and walked along the river, then visited Cascade de Grattepanche (Grattepanche Waterfall).

Here is a map of the path I walked:

In the morning, I started walking up the hill above Annecy-le-Vieux. I then went down towards the Fier river using a trail in the forest. I crossed the Fier on Pont de Nâves then followed a path along the river for a while. At some point, I walked on road then found another trail up. Once I reached the forest above Nâves-Parmelan, I followed a dirt road then a trail that led to Parking de la Combe des Buissons. I went down to the village of Nâves-Parmelan and found the trail to Cascade de Grattepanche. It was pretty muddy but the waterfall was nice. Finally, I went back to Pont de Nâves and returned to Annecy-le-Vieux mostly using the road.

▲ Lake Annecy seen from Domaine Saint-Laurent in Annecy-le-Vieux.

▲ University cafeteria at the campus.

▲ Tête du Parmelan emerging above the clouds.

▲ Montagne de Lachat.

▲ Hamlet of Chez le Roy.

▲ Crossing Voie des Aravis.

▲ Fier.

▲ Pont de Nâves.

▲ Downstream.

▲ Pont de Nâves.

▲ Mont Veyrier.

▲ Montagne de Lachat.

▲ Barley.

▲ Mont Baret.

▲ I took a small trail next to a field.

▲ Tête de la Mandallaz.

▲ Parking de la Combe des Buissons. A trail to Montagne de Lachat and Parmelan starts there.

▲ The village of Nâves-Parmelan.

▲ Dents de Lanfon.

▲ Église Sant-Eugend.

▲ Tête du Parmelan.

▲ Montagne de Lachat.

▲ On the way to Cascade de Grattepanche.

▲ The waterfall.

▲ Ruisseau de Grattepanche. It flows into the Fier.

▲ On the way back to Pont de Nâves.

▲ There is a tiny trail to get down from the fields.

▲ Pont de Nâves.

▲ Fier upstream.

▲ Mont Rampon and Mont Rampignon from Annecy-le-Vieux.

▲ Device for particle accelerator.

▲ At the university campus.

▲ Basilique de la Visitation.

▲ Back in Vignières.


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