Hike to Taillefer (Spring 2018)

Last spring, I went on a hike to Taillefer, a small mountain in the Bauges next to Lake Annecy. Here is the trail I walked (download KML):

I had already been to Taillefer a few times: Like Roc de Chère, its low elevation and proximity to Annecy make it ideal for an early season hike. I went to Duingt by bike on the Voie Verte bike road and parked near the tunnel. It would also have been possible to take a LIHSA bus (line 51). Once in Duingt, I spent some time in the village and near the lake to take a few pictures but I was soon on my way up. I passed the Grotte Notre-Dame du Lac then the stone quarries, keeping on the Taillefer ridge all the way to l’Oratoire, where I had already been a few years ago, coming from the other direction. There, I ate lunch then started on the way down, towards Lake Annecy. I walked past the Nanceau waterfall then took a path that got me underneath the main stone quarry. I arrived at the Voie Verte and followed it through the tunnel to get back to the starting point in Duingt.

Above, on the Voie Verte to Duingt.

Above, school of fish in Lake Annecy.

Above, Dents de Landon, Lanfonnet and La Tournette.

Above, Montagne d’Entrevernes.

Above, tunnel in Duingt.

Above, village of Duingt.

Above, tower of Château de Duingt.

Above, Lake Annecy.

Above, Château Ruphy.

Above, Semnoz.

Above, trailhead of the hike to Taillefer.

Above, at the beginning, on the way to Grotte de Notre-Dame du Lac, the path is bordered with stations showing the life of Jesus.

Above, at the Grotte de Notre-Dame du Lac.

Above, the Grotte.

Above, Roc de Chère.

Above, Eglise Saint-Germain.

Above, path to the ridge.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, Col de la Forclaz.

Above, Château de Dhéré.

Above, Roc de Chère, Mont Baret and Mont Veyrier.

Above, Dent de Lanfon, Pointe de Talamarche and Lanfonnet.

Above, Petit Lac.

Above, smaller stone quarry.

Above, the main stone quarry.

Above, Dent de Cons.

Above, Pointe de la Sambuy and Pointe de Vélan.

Above, l’Oratoire.

Above, Petit Lac seen from the viewpoint of l’Oratoire.

Above, Doussard.

Above, on the way down.

Above, looking towards Faverges.

Above, Nanceau waterfall (cascade du ruisseau de Nanceau).

Above, Montagne du Charbon.

Above, Abondance cattle.

Above, below the main stone quarry.

Above, at the Voie Verte.

Above, Lanfonnet.

Above, Talloires and Dents de Lanfon.

Above, in the tunnel to Duingt.

Above, sunset on the Semnoz.

Above, Grotte de Notre-Dame du Lac from below.

Above, climbing wall near the tunnel.

Above, Montagne d’Entrevernes, on the way back to Annecy.

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Walk in Annecy: La Varde, Pont de La Bornale, Pont de Brogny, Vallon du Fier, Promenade du Thiou, Lake Annecy

At the beginning of spring, I went on a walk around Annecy, trying to stay on parks and green spaces. Not a complete success but close enough… Starting in Annecy-le-Vieux near L’Abbaye Espace d’art contemporain, I followed a bike / pedestrian path to La Varde then crossed the Fier river at Pont de La Bornale on the way to Pont de Brogny and the large park of Vallon du Fier nearby. I walked in the Vallon and exited at the Zone industrielle du Pont de Tasset. I crossed the Fier river again to reach Cran-Gévrier then followed the Thiou river all the way to the old town of Annecy. Finally, I arrived at Lake Annecy.

Here is the path I followed (download KML):

Above, L’Abbaye.

Above, park in front of L’Abbaye.

Above, pedestrian path. There is also a bike path alongside it.

Above, cross near Novel.

Above, donkeys.

Above, in La Varde.

Above, Montagne de la Mandallaz.

Above, Parmelan.

Above, telecom antenna on Crêt de la Varde.

Above, short forest path.

Above, horses.

Above, horse riding school near the stables.

Above, Pont de La Bornale.

Above, Fier river.

Above, another bike road.

Above, path to some kind of beach on the Fier.

Above, Fier.

Above, Viaduc Ferroviaire du Pont de Brogny (train bridge).

Above, Viaduc and Fier seen from the Pont de Brogny.

Above, Vieux Pont de Brogny (aka Petit Pont Romain) and new Pont de Brogny behind it.

Above, path in Vallon du Fier.

Above, bridge across the Fier.

Above, bridge linking the Zone industrielle du Pont de Tasset with Cran-Gévrier.

Above, Fier river.

Above, in Cran-Gévrier.

Above, Cercle de l’Eau at the Thiou river.

Above, Promenade du Thiou.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, old town of Annecy.

Above, Eglise Saint-François de Sales.

Above, Parmelan seen from Lake Annecy.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, Mont Veyrier, Mont Baron and Mont Baret.

Above, Les Marquisats.

Above, Canal du Vassé and Pont des Amours.

Above, Pâquier.

Above, at Bonlieu.

Jardin des Remparts

The Jardin des Remparts is a small and well hidden park located in the Old Town of Annecy, not far from the castle. It is dedicated to Father Jean-Marie Delavay, a priest from Haute-Savoie who served as a christian missionary in Yunnan, China during the 19th century. He introduced many new plant species to Europe.

Below, the park at the beginning of spring.

Below, the park during winter.

Above, street outside the park.

Hike to Mont Veyrier & Mont Baron (Spring 2018)

Last spring, I went on a hike to Mont Veyrier and Mont Baron, two mountains on the north-east of Lake Annecy. Here is the trail I walked (download KML):

I had already been a few times to those mountains: The trailhead is in Annecy-le-Vieux, right next to the lake and not very far from where I live. I wrote a post about it a few years ago. This time, I changed the path a little: Instead of going directly to Col du Pré-Vernet from the trailhead near the Petit Port, I first took a secondary trail through Mont Rampignon. From the Col, I then found the main path to reach the ridge of Mont Veyrier. I followed that trail through the summits of Mont Veyrier and Mont Baron, until I arrived at the platform of the old Mont Baron cable car (Ancien Téléphérique du Mont Baron). There was a great view on the lake from up there. I ate lunch then started on the way down. Instead of going directly to Veyrier-du-Lac like I did the last time, I took a path in the forest until Le Biclop, right before the Talabar cliff. From there, I went down to Chavoire in Veyrier and arrived at Lake Annecy very soon after. Finally, I walked along the lake until the Petit Port.

Above, Mont Veyrier seen from Parc Vignières-Pommaries in Annecy-le-Vieux, near where I live.

Above, lake at the Petit Port.

Above, trailhead.

Above, trail around Mont Rampignon.

Above, viewpoint of Mont Rampon, a short walk from Col du Pré-Vernet.

Above, Semnoz.

Above, on the main path to Col des Sauts and the ridge.

Above, view from Col des Sauts.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, snow on the Bauges.

Above, Veyrier-du-Lac and Menthon-Saint-Bernard.

Above, Old Town.

Above, cairn at the summit of Mont Veyrier.

Above, view from the summit of Mont Baron.

Above, platform of the former cable car.

Above, lizards.

Above, Aravis and Mont Blanc.

Above, Dent du Cruet, Pointe de Talamarche and Dents de Lanfon.

Above, at the platform.

Above, snow on the Aravis and Mont Blanc.

Above, Parmelan-Tassonnière.

Above, Parmelan.

Above, Semnoz.

Above, Montagne d’Entrevernes and Roc des Boeufs.

Above, Mont Baret.

Above, paraglider below.

Above, on the way down.

Above, at Le Biclop.

Above, at Chavoire in Veyrier.

Above, Talabar cliff.

Above, lakeside path.

Above, back at the Petit Port.

Above, back at Parc Vignières-Pommaries.

Hike to Roc de Chère & Baie de Talloires

As the first hike of spring 2018, I went back to the Roc de Chère on the eastern shore of Lake Annecy. I also visited the Baie de Talloires while I was in the area. Here is the trail that I followed (download KML):

The Roc de Chère is a short and easy trail, suitable for early spring since the low elevation means snow has cleared by then. I went to Menthon-Saint-Bernard by bike and parked near the Palace de Menthon. I reached the Belvèdère du Roc de Chère (viewpoint) after a while. Instead of returning directly, I took a trail down to Talloires. Once there, I walked along the shore of the lake in order to loop back to the trail I took earlier and followed it down to Menthon-Saint-Bernard.

Above, Lake Annecy seen from Plage d’Albigny in Annecy-le-Vieux.

Above, Chapeau de Napoléon between Mont Baron and Mont Baret.

Above, port of Veyrier-du-Lac, on the way to Menthon-Saint-Bernard.

Above, Mont Veyrier and Mont Baron.

Above, city beach of Veyrier-du-Lac.

Above, Semnoz on the other side.

Above, city beach of Menthon-Saint-Bernard.

Above, Mont Baret.

Above, Dents de Lanfon.

Above, dock on the promenade along the lake in Menthon.

Above, looking north.

Above, Palace de Menthon and Roc de Chère behind it.

Above, port of Menthon-Saint-Bernard.

Above, Castle of Menthon.

Above, tomb of Hippolyte Taine in the Roc de Chère.

Above, on the trail.

Above, Belvédère with many people.

Above, snow on the Bauges mountains.

Above, Château de Châteauvieux in Duingt, on the other side of lake.

Above, on the way down to Talloires.

Above, Baie de Talloires and Petit Lac.

Above, Taillefer and Montagne d’Entrevernes.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, Lanfonnet.

Above, in Talloires.

Above, Eglise Saint-Maurice.

Above, Ermitage de Saint-Germain.

Above, statue of Claude-Louis Berthollet, a native of Talloires.

Above, city beach of Talloires.

Above, Pointe de la Sambuy, Pointe de Vélan and Pointe d’Arcalod.

Above, Montagne du Charbon.

Above, at the Bay.

Above, Roc de Chère on the other side.

Above, Abbaye de Talloire, now a high-end hotel.

Above, narrow path to reach the trail back up.

Above, Rocher du Roux and Pointe de la Rochette.

Above, back in the forest.

Above, Grotte aux Oiseaux.

Above, golf course.

Above, back in Menthon-Saint-Bernard.

Above, Mont Veyrier and Mont Baron.

Above, Montagne d’Entrevernes.

Above, bike ride back to Annecy.

Above, Col de Leschaux and Mont Colombier.

Above, back at the Petit Port in Annecy-le-Vieux.

Above, sunset on Basilique de la Visitation.