Hike to Crêt des Mouches

Last summer, I went on a hike to Crêt des Mouches, a mountain in the Bornes next to La Tournette.

Here is a map of the path I walked (download KML):

In the morning, I took a LIHSA bus from Annecy to Talloires. While I waited for the summer shuttle to Montmin, I walked next to the lake. Once in Montmin, I started on the path. I reached the Cabane d’Arclosan after a while. By then, the fog had covered the summits of Crêt des Mouches and La Tournette but I kept going up. Once at the summit, the view was limited but the clouds lifted a little while I was there. On the way down, I first walked a loop to get back to the Cabane then took the same trail as on the way up, until Pointe de Chauriande. There, I went down towards Chalets du Solliet then took a dirt road to Saint-Ferréol in the valley, where I waited for the LIHSA bus back to Annecy.

Above, Baie de Talloires.

Above, Semnoz.

Above, Petit Lac and Bauges.

Above, Roc de Chère.

Above, in Montmin looking towards Col de l’Aulp.

Above, on the trail.

Above, Col de la Forclaz.

Above, Pointe de la Bajulaz.

Above, Pointe de Vélan.

Above, Chapelle des Sept Fontaines.

Above, Pointe de la Sambuy.

Above, Mont Trélod and Montagne du Charbon.

Above, start of the forest trail.

Above, Faverges and Col de Tamié.

Above, Pointe d’Arcalod.

Above, Pointe de Chauriande.

Above, Dent de Cons.

Above, Col de Tamié.

Above, Aravis and Mont Charvin.

Above, Rocher d’Arclosan.

Above, Crêt des Mouches in view.

Above, Cabane d’Arclosan below the Crêt des Mouches.

Above, Bonverday.

Above, Lake Annecy and Col de la Forclaz on the other side.

Above, Pointe de la Beccaz and La Tournette in the clouds.

Above, final ascent.

Above, Pointe de Banc Fleury.

Above, at the summit of Crêt des Mouches.

Above, ridge to Pointe de la Beccaz.

Above, Bauges in the background.

Above, on the way down.

Above, Mont Charvin.

Above, at that point, the trail was no longer visible.

Above, pack of alpine ibexes running away.

Above, back on the trail.

Above, Croix d’Arclosan above the Cabane.

Above, Saint-Ferréol.

Above, back at Pointe de Chauriande.

Above, chalet at Plan du Chouet.

Above, Chalets du Solliet.

Above, dirt road to Saint-Ferréol.

Above, Faverges.

Above, watermill in Saint-Ferréol.

Above, LIHSA bus stop.

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Basilique Saint-Joseph des Fins

The Basilique Saint-Joseph-des-Fins is a catholic church located in Annecy. It was built in the mid-20th century based on designs by architect Dom Paul Bellot, who also worked on the Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont Royal in Montreal. One of the bells of the church is a Liberty Bell replica, one of 57 bells ordered by the United States Department of the Treasury as part of the Liberty Bell Savings Bonds drive in 1950. All the bells were cast in Annecy-le-Vieux by the Fonderie Paccard. While most of them are now displayed near state capitol buildings in the USA, one was gifted to Annecy by the US government.

Above, nativity scene for Christmas.

Hike to Roc des Boeufs

During summer, I went on a hike to Roc des Boeufs in the Bauges mountains near Annecy.

Here is a map of the path I walked (download KML):

In the morning, I took the Sibra summer shuttle (Ligne d’été) from Annecy to the summit of Semnoz, taking my bike with me. From there, I went down to Col de Leschaux then went slightly up on the other side of the pass and parked at La Chapelle-Saint-Maurice. I started walking on the path to Chalets du Sollier, through a paved road at first, then a trail in the forest and finally an access road. The steep ascent to Roc des Boeufs starts at the Chalet. There was a great view from the summit. I then went down using the same path. I returned to Annecy through the Route du Col de Leschaux and the Voie Verte du Lac d’Annecy.

Above, Plateau du Semnoz.

Above, Pays de l’Albanais.

Above, Crêt de Chatillon, the summit of Semnoz.

Above, Bauges mountains.

Above, Mont Colombier on the way down to Col de Leschaux.

Above, Roc des Boeufs.

Above, cross in Leschaux.

Above, at Col de Leschaux.

Above, church at La Chapelle-Saint-Maurice.

Above, the local wildlife.

Above, Semnoz on the other side.

Above, forest trail on the way to Chalets du Sollier.

Above, Chalets in view.

Above, cows huddling together.

Above, at the Chalets, looking towards Mont Julioz.

Above, Mont Trélod.

Above, path to the summit of Roc des Boeufs.

Above, Plateau du Semnoz.

Above, cow on the path.

Above, Montagne de Bange.

Above, Mont Margeriaz.

Above, at the summit of Roc des Boeufs, looking at the other side towards Montagne du Charbon.

Above, Petit Lac and La Tournette.

Above, Mont Trélod.

Above, Mont Blanc.

Above, “Le Grimpeur” sculpture.

Above, Semnoz.

Above, Pointe de Banc Plat.

Above, the true summit, slightly higher than the “Grimpeur” sculpture. It is a bit harder to access.

Above, Bauges valley.

Above, Mont Julioz and Mont Colombier.

Above, Col de Leschaux.

Above, Mont Charvin.

Above, on the way down.

Above, Col du Plane.

Above, back at Chalets du Sollier.

Above, Sun slightly hidden by clouds.

Above, back at La Chapelle-Saint-Maurice.

Above, Roc des Boeufs seen from Route du Col de Leschaux.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, Dents de Lanfon.

Above, at the lake on the Voie Verte.

Above, Parmelan, back in Annecy.

Hike to Croix de Sainte-Catherine & Tour de Branchy

A few months ago, I went on a short hike to Vallon de Sainte-Catherine, a small hill on the west flank of Semnoz, and walked a loop in Seynod after that. Here is the path I followed (download KML):

I went by bike to the Zone Industrielle de Vovray, in the Seynod neighbourhood of Annecy. I started on the nearby forest path to the Vallon de Sainte-Catherine and soon reached the ruins of a former convent (Couvent de Sainte-Catherine) and the trail to Croix de Sainte-Catherine. There was a good view on the Pays de l’Albanais from the cross. Then I kept walking in the Vallon: The trail was very muddy so I walked instead in a glade for a while. At La Boverie, I found a trail to get down to Vieugy in the valley. Instead of looping back directly, I went on a walk in the area. I made a detour to have a look at the Tour de Branchy, a tower located near the road between Annecy and Aix-les-Bains. Then I passed Val Semnoz, a large shopping strip mall, on the way to Parc de la Maison de Malaz. Finally, I went back to the Zone Industrielle to pick up my bike.

Above, oil tanks in the Zone Industrielle.

Above, at the car park before the start of the forest trail.

Above, in the Vallon, at the place where the convent used to be.

Above, Croix de Sainte-Catherine.

Above, view on Pays de l’Albanais.

Above, Montagne de la Mandallaz.

Above, Val Semnoz and Parc de la Maison de Malaz.

Above, Tour de Branchy is visible in the background.

Above, La Boverie.

Above, the path goes up for a little bit above the ruin.

Above, I lost the trail at some point but I kept on the ridge until I found the path again.

Above, on the way down to Vieugy.

Above, out of the forest in Vieugy.

Above, Semnoz.

Above, old Eglise Saint-Martin de Vieugy.

Above, new church.

Above, Mont Veyrier and Parmelan.

Above, near a horse riding school and stables.

Above, Tour de Branchy.

Above, road to Aix-les-Bains.

Above, on the way to Val Semnoz.

Above, more horses.

Above, La Grande Mouette at a round-about.

Above, in Val Semnoz.

Above, Parc de la Maison de Malaz.

Above, Basilique de la Visitation.

Above, back at the Zone Industrielle.

Above, lake on the way home.