Hike to Pointe de la Québlette & Circuit de l’Ovine

On one of my last outings in last year’s hiking season, I climbed up the Pointe de la Québlette, near the Plateau des Glières and the 3 Têtes des Bornes. I also walked a loop around it: The so-called Circuit de l’Ovine. I mostly followed this trail, with the climb to Pointe de la Québlette in addition. Here is a map (KML):

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I went to the Plateau des Glières by car with my father, since the trail is not easily accessible by public transport. The car park was near the Monument national à la Résistance du plateau des Glières so I made a detour to have a look at it but was soon on my way up to Col de l’Ovine. After the Col, I continued towards Chalet de l’Ovine, but before reaching it, I went up through the grass to the ridge leading up to the Pointe de la Québlette. There was a great view from the summit: I could see the 3 Têtes des Bornes, the Parmelan, the Pic de Jallouvre, the Montagne de Sous-Dine, the Mont Lachat de Thônes, La Tournette and even the Mont Blanc. I then went down to the Chalet and ate lunch. After that, I walked down again, to Col de la Buffaz. I then took a path towards Refuge de la Têtaz and Alpage de la Rosière to link with the path I had already taken when going to the 3 Têtes. It led me back to the Plateau des Glières. It was almost night when I reached the car and completed the loop.

Above, in the morning, looking towards Pointe de la Québlette from the car park.

Above, large concrete sculpture of Monument National à la Résistance, at sunrise.

Above, looking at the other side of Col des Glières.

Above, ice on the ground.

Above, that dog followed me and my father for the whole path.

Above, Pointe de la Québlette.

Above, towards Chalet des Auges.

Above, on the path to Col de l’Ovine.

Above, looking towards Tête Noire & Tête Ronde.

Above, Pointe de Puvat from Col de l’Ovine.

Above, chalet on fire in Le Grand-Bornand, with La Pointe Percée in the Aravis in the background.

Above, Pic de Jallouvre.

Above, Chalet de l’Ovine and Pointe de la Québlette.

Above, view form the summit of Pointe de la Québlette.

Above, Mont Lachat de Thônes.

Above, Entremont in the valley, with Pic de Jallouvre, Roc des Tours and Roc des Charmieux in the background.

Above, looking towards Lake Annecy.

Above, Mont Blanc.

Above, 3 Têtes.

Above, Plaine de Dran on Plateau des Glières.

Above, Montagne des Frêtes.

Above, Montagne de Sous-Dine.

Above, Parmelan.

Above, Mont Charvin.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, Chalet de l’Ovine.

Above, on the way down.

Above, Chalet de l’Ovine.

Above, looking back at Pointe de Pulvat.

Above, view from the lunch spot.

Above, on the way down to Col de la Buffaz.

Above, Mont Lachat.

Above, chalet at Col de la Buffaz.

Above, on the way to Alpage de la Rosière.

Above, Col de la Buffaz.

Above, cross near a viewpoint.

Above, cross at Refuge de la Têtaz.

Above, Alpage de la Rosière.

Above, looking towards Plateau des Glières.

Above, Pointe de la Québlette.

Above, Plaine de Dran.

Above, moonlight on the Monument.

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Hike to Montagne de Lachat (Dingy-Saint-Clair)

Last autumn, I went on a hike to Montagne de Lachat, in Dingy-Saint-Clair. It is located beneath the cliffs of Parmelan and the summit offers a great view on the mountain. Here is the trail I walked (download KML):

I went to Dingy-Saint-Clair by bike from Annecy, taking the road passing east of Mont Veyrier. I parked on a pedestrian bridge in Dingy near the trailhead. Then the forest trail was pretty straightforward until the summit. There was a great view from up there, both on the Parmelan and the surrounding mountains. I ate lunch then came back down using the same path as on the way up. At the end of the hike, I made a detour to see the Chapelle Saint-Clair, up the Roman road.

Above, in the morning, on the bike road in Annecy-le-Vieux.

Above, Montagne de Lachat and Parmelan.

Above, stone quarry in Mont Veyrier.

Above, Fier river.

Above, Roman road.

Above, pedestrian bridge.

Above, Mont Baret.

Above, trailhead.

Above, panorama on Col de Bluffy. It is a slight detour (~5min) from the trail.

Above, Bauges mountains.

Above, Mont Baret.

Above, view of Annecy.

Above, summit of Montagne de Lachat.

Above, view from the summit.

Above, Parmelan.

Above, looking towards La Tournette.

Above, Mont Baret and the Bauges behind it.

Above, cliffs.

Above, Lake Annecy.

Above, Col du Pertuis.

Above, Tête du Parmelan.

Above, on the way down.

Above, cliffs of Parmelan-Tassonnière.

Above, back at the panorama.

Above, beautiful autumn colors in the forest.

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

Above, back at the Fier river.

Above, going up the Roman road towards the Chapelle Saint-Clair.

Above, the chapel.

Above, I walked a bit further.

Above, Roman inscription.

Above, pedestrian bridge.

Above, car bridge to Dingy-Saint-Clair.

Above, on the way back to Annecy-le-Vieux.

Above, Montagne de Lachat seen from the road.

Above, Montagne de Lachat and Tête du Parmelan.

Above, Mont Veyrier from Sur les Bois in Annecy-le-Vieux.

Above, university restaurant.

Above, Dingy-Saint-Clair and Montagne de Lachat seen from Col du Pertuis.

Hike to Tête Noire, Tête Ronde & Tête de l’Arpettaz

Last Autumn, I went on a hike to the so-called “3 Têtes” of the Bornes mountains: Tête Noire, Tête Ronde and Tête de l’Arpettaz. I partly followed the instructions here, to find the start of the trail on Plateau des Glières, although I actually walked the trail shown below (KML):

In the morning, I took a LIHSA bus from Annecy and got off at Pont de Morette in Thônes (world capital of Reblochon). While there, I made a detour through Grotte Notre-Dame de Lourdes, but was soon on my way to Plateau des Glières. The path is a forest trail at first but soon becomes an access road starting from Alpage du Nant Debout. After a while, I reached the Notre-Dame des Neiges chapel on Plateau des Glières. The trail to the 3 Têtes starts nearby: The trailhead is actually only marked by a cairn, without any direction signs. There are only paint marks along the way after that. On the path to Tête Noire, I crossed fields of limestone, similar to the Parmelan. There was a great view from the summit, with all the Bornes mountains visible, as well as the Mont Blanc. I continued to the highest peak of the day, Tête Ronde, located not very far away. I ate lunch there then went on to Tête de l’Arpettaz, which had a great view on La Tournette and the Thônes valley. After that, I walked down towards the Gorges d’Ablon then climbed up again on the limestone plateau of Parmelan-Tassonnière until I reached Col du Pertuis. My original plan was to continue until Tête du Parmelan, but I had been too slow and night was falling, so instead I ended the hike by getting down the mountain from the Col until La Blonnière in Dingy-Saint-Clair. I then followed the road down until the Fier river. Finally, in order to get home, I had to walk all the way to Annecy-le-Vieux in the dark, which was pretty tedious…

Above, in front of the bus stop in Thônes.

Above, German bunkers.

Above, Tête à Turpin on Parmelan-Tassonnière.

Above, Grotte Notre-Dame de Lourdes.

Above, La Balme-de-Thuy.

Above, Dent du Cruet.

Above, Alpage du Nant Debout.

Above, chalet at Alpage de la Rosière.

Above, nice autumn colors.

Above, Notre-Dame des Neiges in view.

Above, the chapel.

Above, Plaine de Dran on Plateau des Glières, with Montagne des Frêtes in the background.

Above, cairn marking the beginning of the trail to the 3 Têtes.

Above, Montagne de Sous-Dine.

Above, limestone pavement.

Above, summit of Tête Noire.

Above, Mont Blanc, with the Aravis mountains and Lachat de Thônes in front.

Above, Parmelan.

Above, Pointe Percée.

Above, Tête Ronde.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, Lake Geneva in the distance.

Above, Col du Pertuis.

Above, Parmelan-Tassonière, on the way to Tête Ronde.

Above, hands are needed to cross that part.

Above, Pointe de la Québlette and Pointe de Dran.

Above, Thônes valley.

Above, summit of Tête Ronde.

Above, Tête Noire.

Above, Pic de Jallouvre in the background.

Above, Tête de l’Arpettaz.

Above, Montagne de Cotagne and La Tournette.

Above, Mont Charvin.

Above, cross at the summit of Tête de l’Arpettaz.

Above, cliffs of Parmelan-Tassonière, with some view of Lake Annecy.

Above, Tête Ronde.

Above, Dent du Cruet and Pointe de Talamarche.

Above, on the way to Gorge d’Ablon.

Above, Gorge d’Ablon.

Above, on the way to Col du Pertuis.

Above, the 3 Têtes.

Above, Croix du Bénitier.

Above, at Col du Pertuis.

Above, Dingy-Saint-Clair.

Above, cliffs of Parmelan.

Above, at La Blonnière.

Above, red sunset on Parmelan.

Above, Col de Bluffy, with the Bauges in the background.

Hike to Pic de Jallouvre

The Pic de Jallouvre is a mountain in the Bornes Massif located near Le Grand-Bornand in Haute-Savoie. I followed this itinerary (in the other direction; also I walked until the Col de la Colombière and the end diverges a bit as well), going on a loop around the Pic starting and ending at Le Grand-Bornand.

I arrived at Le Grand-Bornand by LIHSA bus from Annecy. It was September so there were no more shuttles to the Col de la Colombière and I had to walk there instead, alternating between the paved road and shortcuts in the forest until Le Chinaillon. Near the Roc des Tours, I took the Sentier de Découverte and later the trail named “GR de Pays Tour Massif de Tournette/Aravis”, which led me near the Col de la Colombière and the start of the trail to the Pic de Jallouvre. I mistakenly walked past the start of the trail (it was unmarked) until the Col so I had to go back but I was soon on my way up again. After a while, I saw the Col du Rasoir (Razor’s Pass), between the Pic de Jallouvre and Pointe Blanche. The trail leading up to the Col was very steep and hands were necessary. I then walked along the Col to make the ascent to the Pic Jallouvre. I saw an alpine ibex there while eating lunch. After getting back to the Col du Rasoir, I went down on the other side to Col de Sosay and then on to the Lac de Lessy and its Chalet. I walked along the lake for a bit but soon went on my way to Col de la Forclaz and then down again to the Chalets de Mayse. I then took the trail to Col du Planay, between the Roc des Tours and Roc de Charmieux. Finally, I found the road I took in the morning on the way up in order to get back to Le Grand-Bornand and barely catch the last bus to Annecy.

Above, cow fountain in the Grand-Bornand.

Above, towards the Vallée du Bouchet.

Above, Le Grand-Bornand.

Above, Le Buclon and Pic de Jallouvre.

Above, Roc des Tours.

Above, Roc de Charmieux.

Above, Le Chinaillon.

Above, Aiguille Verte.

Above, Le Buclon.

Above, trail to Aiguille Verte.

Above, on the GRP Tournette/Aravis.

Above, Pic de Jallouvre.

Above, Col de la Colombière.

Above, at the Col.

Above, on the way to Pic de Jallouvre.

Above, Col du Rasoir.

Above, Pic de Jallouvre.

Above, Pointe Blanche.

Above, Lac de Lessy.

Above, summit of Pic de Jallouvre.

Above, Pointe Blanche.

Above, Pointe Percée, in the Aravis.

Above, Col du Rasoir.

Above, unicorn ibex.

Above, on the way down.

Above, on the other side.

Above, Pic de Jallouvre.

Above, Pointe Blanche.

Above, Col de Sosay.

Above, Lac de Lessy and Aiguille Verte.

Above, Le Buclon.

Above, Chalet de Lessy.

Above, Lac de Lessy from Col de la Forclaz.

Above, path to Col du Planay.

Above, Roc des Tours.

Above, Combes des Aravis.

Above, Combe du Grand-Crêt.

Above, Pic de Jallouvre.

Hike to Les Dents de Lanfon

The Dents de Lanfon (Teeth of Lanfon) are a mountain in the Bornes Massif bordering Lake Annecy. There is a great view at the summit but the trail is quite difficult. I followed this itinerary.

Starting in Annecy-le-Vieux, I took my bike in the direction of Thônes, passing east of Mont Veyrier. I then turned at the road leading to Menthon-Saint-Bernard and went up to the hamlet of Villard-Dessus in the village of Alex. I parked my bike then followed the forest road to the Chalet and pastures of l’Aulp Riant Dessous. At the Chalet, I left the road (which continues towards the Lanfonnet) and started to walk in the direction of the Dents de Lanfon. The trail gets around the Dents on the north side then goes up: That part was very steep with unstable rocks. I arrived at a place near the north Dent with a view on the lake. I then took the path on the way to the middle Dent: There were a few passages where hands were needed. Finally, I arrived at the summit some time after. Unfortunately, there was a lot of fog so the view was limited. I took the same path on the way back. I then went back to Annecy by completing the loop around Mont Veyrier, going past the castle of Menthon-Saint-Bernard then following the road along the lake.

Above, Dents de Lanfon from Villard-Dessus.

Above, Dents de Lanfon covered by clouds.

Above, Pointe de Talamarche.

Above, Chalet de l’Aulp Riant-Dessous, with the Dents de Lanfon in the background.

Above, towards the Lanfonnet.

Above, Col des Frêtes.

Above, looking north, the path can be seen.

Above, on the way up.

Above, view of the North Dent. It is accessible but I didn’t go.

Above, Looking towards the middle Dent.

Above, the path to the summit at the middle Dent.

Above, limestone plateau near the summit.

Above, summit of the Dents de Lanfon.

Above, view of the lake from the middle Dent.

Above, south Dent.

Above, Roc de Chère.

Above, on the way down.

Above, pastures of Aulp Riant-Dessous.

Above, back at the Chalet.

Above, cows in Villard-Dessus.

Above, Dents de Lanfon seen from the road to Menthon-Saint-Bernard.

Above, castle of Menthon-Saint-Bernard, with Montagne d’Entrevernes in the background.

Above, Lake Annecy and Semnoz.

Above, promenade near the lake in Annecy-le-Vieux.

Above, near the Petit Port in Annecy-le-Vieux.

Above, Mont Veyrier and Mont Baron seen from the beach of Albigny.