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.

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Bike ride to Saint-Jorioz along Lake Annecy / Marais de l’Enfer

Last winter, I took my bike on the Voie Verte (bike road) along Lake Annecy until I reached Saint-Jorioz. There was a great view on the Bornes mountains from there. On the way back, I stoped at the Marais de l’Enfer (Swamp of Hell), a nature reserve on the shore of the lake.

Above, the lake in Annecy.

Above, firemen watering the lake.

Above, Parmelan.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, Ile aux Cygnes.

Above, Mont Veyrier.

Above, Montagne de la Mandallaz.

Above, Promenade Cheltenham.

Above, Salève in the background.

Above, Montagne d’Entrevernes to the south.

Above, leaving Annecy.

Above, in Sévrier.

Above, Dents de Lanfon.

Above, Promenade des Seines.

Above, Dents de Lanfon, Lanfonnet and Tournette.

Above, Semnoz.

Above, Mont Baret.

Above, at the Plage Municipale (City beach) of Sévrier.

Above, Port of Sévrier.

Above, snow on La Tournette.

Above, Voie Verte.

Above, in Saint-Jorioz.

Above, Château de Menthon, on Col de Bluffy.

Above, cliff of Roc de Chère.

Above, boat terminal.

Above, port of Saint-Jorioz.

Above, donkeys.

Above, in Marais de l’Enfer, on the way to the lake.

Above, reed.

Above, on the way back to Annecy.

Above, small canal in the old town.

Above, view from Pont des Amours.

Bike ride in the Bauges mountains from the Semnoz Plateau to Saint-Pierre-d’Albigny

Last summer, a few weeks after riding my bike from La Féclaz to Albens, I came back to the Bauges mountains. This time, I rode from the Semnoz plateau to Saint-Pierre-d’Albigny in Savoie.

In the morning, I took my bike on the summer shuttle from Annecy to the Semnoz plateau. From there, I first rode my bike down the road to Col de Leschaux then turned towards the Vallée du Chéran at the heart of the Bauges mountains. On the way, I stopped at Pont du Diable (Devil’s Bridge), which straddles a gorge popular for canyoning, but soon arrived at Lescheraines. I then kept on the main road until Ecole-en-Bauges, where I stopped for lunch next to the Chéran river. I exited the Bauges at the Col du Frêne and, after the steep slope down, made my way to the Château de Miolans (Miolans Castle), a fortress above Saint-Pierre-d’Albigny that was used as a jail by the Duchy of Savoy. Finally I rode to the train station and boarded a train, first to Chambéry then switched for Annecy.

Above, view of the Bauges from the Semnoz Plateau.

Above, Crêt de Chatillon.

Above, church in Leschaux.

Above, gorge at Pont du Diable.

Above, the bridge.

Above, arriving at Lescheraines.

Above, Chéran river.

Above, Mont Colombier.

Above, Mont Margeriaz.

At La Compote, looking towards Mont Pécloz and Pointe des Arces.

Above, Dent de Pleuven and the back of Mont Trélod.

Above, lunch spot near the river.

Above, Mont Julioz.

Above, Pointe d’Arcalod.

Above, church at Ecole-en-Bauges.

Above, on the way to Col du Frêne.

Above, looking back at the Vallée du Chéran, with Mont Trélod covered with clouds.

Above, large cross at Col du Frêne.

Above, on the way down, with a view on Dent d’Arclusaz.

Above, Saint-Pierre-d’Albigny in the Isère valley.

Above, vineyards.

Above, Château de Miolans.

Above, view from the castle.

Above, waiting for the train to Chambéry at Saint-Pierre-d’Albigny station.

Above, Dent du Nivolet seen from Chambéry.

Bike ride in the Bauges mountains from La Féclaz to Albens

Last summer, I went on a hike to Croix du Nivolet, where I had already gone a few years ago. I took my bike on the bus from Aix-les-Bains to La Féclaz on the Mont Revard plateau, where the start of the trail is located. After the hike, instead of going down to Aix-les-Bains, I went in the other direction, towards the Vallée du Chéran and Vallée de Bange, at the center of the Bauges mountains. When I reached there, it had started to rain so I rushed to the nearest train station, in Albens.

Above, Croix du Nivolet and Lac du Bourget in the background.

Above, Lac du Bourget.

Above, church in La Féclaz.

Above, Mont Margériaz.

Above, Col de Plainpalais.

Above, Vallée du Chéran.

Above, church in Arith.

Above, towards Vallée de Bange.

Above, Chéran river.

Above, Tours Saint-Jacques, a rock formation on the Semnoz.

Hike on Plateau du Semnoz

During the summer, I took my bike on the shuttle to the top of the Semnoz. My goal was go down to Lake Annecy using the paved road (there are tracks for downhill mountain bikes as well): It is an almost uninterrupted downward slope until the lake with relatively little car traffic. Before going down, I spent some time on the plateau, which serves as cross country skiing tracks during winter. I also went to the summit (Crêt de Chatillon). There was a good view on the Mont Blanc from up there. Finally, I took the road to Leschaux, then went down the Route du Col de Leschaux until I reached the lake at Sévrier.

Above, looking at the Crêt de Chatillon.

Above, Mont Blanc.

Above, the summer shuttle.

Above, the plateau.

Above, Albanais.

Above, Bauges Massif.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, looking towards Lac du Bourget.

Above, Crêt de l’Aigle.

Above, Dents de Lanfon.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, on the way to the summit of the Semnoz.

Above, cross at the summit.

Above, Montagne de la Mandallaz.

Above, on my bike, on the way down to the lake.

Above, Mont Trélod and Dents des Portes.

Above, Pointe de Banc Plat.

Above, Mont Colombier.

Above, Mont Veyrier.