Hike to Crêt du Maure (Semnoz)

A few weeks after the Circuit Central, I came back for a hike at the foot of the Semnoz. This time I went to Crêt du Maure, passing by a few viewpoints along the way, with a good view on Lake Annecy and the Bornes mountains to the east. Here is a map of the trail that I followed (download KML):

I started at Les Marquisats, on the shore of Lake Annecy, and walked up to the convent behind the Basilique de la Visitation. Using forest trails, I reached a place called “Super Panorama”, near a restaurant with a good view on the lake. I continued towards a first cross, Croix de Chuguet, which I reached with a small detour from the path. A second cross, Croix du Crêt, was not very far after that. There is a third cross, Croix du Chef-Lieu, but it was getting late and I decided to loop back before I went that far. On the way back, I crossed the road that goes to Crêt de Châtillon and walked down the Circuit Central with viewpoints on the Albanais. It was night when I arrived at Basilique de la Visitation.

Here are descriptions of similar trails in the area: Circuit des 3 Croix, Sentier de la Grande Jeanne.

Above, sailboat on Lake Annecy, from Port des Marquisats.

Above, near La Tambourne, behind the Basilique de la Visitation.

Above, crossing the road that goes to Crêt du Châtillon.

Above, the place is really named Super Panorama.

Above, Lake Annecy from the restaurant near Super Panorama.

Above, clouds on La Tournette.

Above, Croix de Chuguet.

Above, Dents de Lanfon.

Above, Mont Veyrier and Mont Baret.

Above, Sévrier.

Above, looking towards the Castle of Duingt.

Above, La Tournette and Roc de Chère.

Above, Croix du Crêt.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, Belvédère des Gélinottes.

Above, Belvédère de la Grande Jeanne.

Above, Annecy and the lake.

Above, antenna.

Above, Montagne de la Mandallaz in the background.

Above, Basilique de la Visitation.

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Hike to Circuit Central du Semnoz

Starting from La Tambourne, next to the Basilique de la Visitation in Annecy, I walked the Circuit Central du Semnoz, passing by a few viewpoints (belvédère) along the way. Here is the trail that I followed (download KML):

It is a short and easy trail that should take a couple of hours to complete. However, I didn’t do the full loop: I walked until Belvédère du Crêt des Bruyères, then went back using the same path, with a small detour to the Parc Animalier de la Grande-Jeanne, a small deer park.

There are also many other paths to choose from starting at La Tambourne.

Above, start of the forest trail.

Above, first viewpoint (unnamed).

Above, bell tower of the Basilique de la Visitation below.

Above, Parc du Taillefer in Cran-Gévrier and Montagne d’Age.

Above, the city of Annecy and Montagne de la Mandallaz in the background.

Above, Belvédère du Pas de l’Echelle.

Above, Belvédère de la Grande Jeanne.

Above, the lake is visible from that viewpoint.

Above, Rond-Point des Ecureuils.

Above, Belvédère des Gélinottes.

Above, Belvédère du Crêt des Bruyères.

Above, Albanais.

Above, Zone Industrielle in Seynod.

Above, on the way down.

Above, at the Parc Animalier de la Grande Jeanne.

Above, fallow deer.

Above, red deer.

Above, the park also has some goats.

Above, wall of the convent when exiting the forest.

Above, Basilique de la Visitation on the way to the Old Town.

Above, Castle.

Above, at the lake.

Hike to Chapelle Saint-Michel de la Lésine / Circuit des Teppes

The Circuit des Teppes is a short and easy trail that starts in Jarsy and goes to the Chapelle Saint-Michel de la Lésine, with a good view on the Bauges mountains and valley along the way. Here is a map of the path (KML):

Above, church in Jarsy, near the car park.

Above, Dent de Pleuven.

Above, looking towards Col du Frêne.

Above, on the trail.

Above, looking towards La Compôte.

Above, Mont Colombier, with the village of Ecole-en-Bauges below.

Above, arriving at the chapel.

Above, the chapel. It used to be a ruin but was fully rebuilt a few years ago.

Above, Arclusaz.

Above, stained glass of Archangel Michael (Saint-Michel Archange) slaying a dragon.

Above, Mont Pécloz.

Above, Pointe des Arces:

Above, on the way back.

Above, Jarsy and Mont Julioz in the background.

Above, wood for the winter.

Les Grangettes de La Compôte-en-Bauges

Les Grangettes are a pasture in La Compôte-en-Bauges, in the Bauges mountains. There are a few trails that go through the area. For myself, I started at the bridge on the Chéran river at La Compôte and simply walked to the Grangettes above.

Above, coming from Lescheraines.

Above, Chéran river.

Above, Mont Julioz.

Above, Dent de Pleuven & Mont Trélod.

Above, Grangettes.

Above, Mont Colombier.

Above, La Compôte-en-Bauges.

Les Iles du Chéran

Les Iles du Chéran (Chéran Islands) is a leisure center (Base de loisirs) in Lescheraines, in the middle of the Bauges. It features multiple lakes for swimming, as well as tennis courts, picnic areas, a campsite and easy walking trails. When I was there, I walked on a path around the lakes, next to the Chéran river.

Above, first lake.

Above, Chéran river.

Above, Le Grand Rocher.

Above, reflection of Mont Colombier in a second lake.

Above, Semnoz in the background.

Above, Roc des Boeufs.

Above, a third lake seen from the road.