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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Hike to Roc des Tours & Aiguille Verte (Le Grand-Bornand)

Last summer, I went on a hike to Roc des Tours and Aiguille Verte in Le Grand-Bornand.

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

I arrived in Le Grand-Bornand by LIHSA bus from Annecy. I missed the summer shuttle to Le Chinaillon so I started walking instead. On the way, I made a detour to Cascade Mystérieuse. Once in Le Chinaillon, I took a trail to Roc des Tours. It was pretty steep at some point but I made it to the cross at the summit. I then walked through the limestone plateau on the way to the Aiguille Verte, the highest point of the day. There was a great view from there. I then went down to join with the trail I took on the way up and made it back to Le Chinaillon. I boarded the summer shuttle to the village and, from there, took the bus back to Annecy.

Above, Le Buclon and Pic de Jallouvre.

Above, Roc des Tours.

Above, Cascade Mystérieuse.

Above, Aiguille Verte.

Above, chalets in Le Chinaillon.

Above, Mont Lachat de Châtillon.

Above, in Samance.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, Pointe de Grande Combe.

Above, Col de la Colombière.

Above, Pic de Jallouvre.

Above, Mont Lachat de Châtillon, from a viewpoint.

Above, Roc des Tours.

Above, Pointe Percée.

Above, Le Chinaillon.

Above, Aiguille Verte.

Above, Aravis.

Above, Roc de Charmieux.

Above, Le Chinaillon.

Above, summit of Roc des Tours.

Above, Col de la Buffaz.

Above, Plateau des Glières.

Above, Aiguille Verte.

Above, Montagne de Sous-Dine.

Above, summit cross.

Above, on the way to Aiguille Verte.

Above, Roc des Tours.

Above, ascent to Aiguille Verte.

Above, Pointe Percée.

Above, summit of Aiguille Verte.

Above, Le Buclon.

Above, Lac de Lessy.

Above, Rochers de Leschaux.

Above, Pic de Jallouvre in the clouds.

Above, on the way down.

Above, Aiguille Verte.

Above, Le Buclon.

Above, on Plateau de Samance.

Above, back in Le Chinaillon.

Above, waiting for the shuttle to the village.

Above, Borne river.

Above, LIHSA bus.

Hike around Mont Lachat de Châtillon

In spring, I went to Le Grand-Bornand and walked a loop around Mont Lachat de Châtillon. I also took a chairlift to the summit while I was there.

Here is the path I followed (download KML):

In the morning, I took a LIHSA bus from Annecy to Le Grand-Bornand. I walked to the station of Télécabine du Rosay, which is open from mid-June until mid-September. I boarded a cable car then switched at La Côte for the chairlift of Téléphérique du Mont Lachat, which took me to the summit of Mont Lachat de Châtillon. There was a great view from up there: All the Aravis, the Chaîne du Bargy and even La Tournette could be seen. I took a chairlift down and started on the trail. The first part to Col de Châtillon went around Roc des Arces through the forest. Then, from the Col until Le Vacheret, I followed a chalet access road. Along the way, there was a good view on the Aravis. After that, until Lac de la Cour, the path was on ski-slope maintenance roads, then, until the Rosay gondola station, a chalet access road again. Finally, I took a cable car back to the village in order to catch the bus back to Annecy.

Above, Mont Lachat de Châtillon seen from the summit of Pointe Percée.

Above, Eglise Notre-Dame de l’Assomption, in the village.

Above, boarding a cable car at the Rosay gondola station.

Above, Pic de Jallouvre.

Above, Télésiège du Lachat, a chairlift that goes to the summit of Mont Lachat de Châtillon.

Above, Tournette.

Above, at the summit of Mont Lachat.

Above, Pointe de la Grande Combe and Col des Anes.

Above, Pointe Percée, the highest peak in the Aravis.

Above, Aiguille Vert and Buclon.

Above, Mont Lachat de Thônes. With multiple mountains called Lachat in the area, it can get confusing… See also the Lachat in Dingy-Saint-Clair.

Above, Roc de Charmieux.

Above, there is path to the top of the small bump near the chairlift station.

Above,  Lac Du Maroly.

Above, Aravis.

Above, Vallée du Bouchet.

Above, Col de Châtillon and Roc des Arces.

Above, on the way down.

Above, Roc des Tours and Aiguille Verte.

Above, on the path to Col de Châtillon, around Roc des Arces.

Above, start of the forest trail.

Above, Roc des Arces.

Above, Chalets de Châtillon.

Above, Mont Lachat.

Above, goats.

Above, I made a detour to Col de Châtillon.

Above, view on the other side of the Col.

Above, chairlift station at the top of Mont Lachat.

Above, Tête du Danay.

Above, the path follows a chalet access road until Le Vacheret.

Above, Pointe de Tardevant.

Above, more cows.

Above, Pointe de la Grande Combe and Pointe d’Almet.

Above, Col des Anes.

Above, Aravis.

Above, Le Vacheret.

Above, on the other side of the pass.

Above, the path followed ski-slope maintenance roads.

Above, Lac de Maroly.

Above, Pointe de la Grande Combe.

Above, Mont Lachat.

Above, Pointe de Deux Heures.

Above, Lac de la Cour.

Above, Lac de la Cour.

Above, Aiguille Verte.

Above, Pic de Jallouvre and Pointe Blanche.

Above, fishing.

Above, Aiguille Verte.

Above, Croix du Châtelet.

Above, Roc des Arces.

Above, summit of Mont Lachat de Châtillon.

Above, on the Rosay cable car to the village.

Above, Chinaillon torrent, back at the village.

Above, Aravis.

Above, on the way to the highway bus station.

Above, cow graffiti near the station.

Hike to Pointe de Talamarche & Lanfonnet (Summer 2018): From Thônes to Talloires

A couple of months ago, I went on a hike to Pointe de Talamarche and Lanfonnet in the Bornes mountains, starting from Thônes and ending in Talloires, near Lake Annecy. Here is the path that I followed (download KML):

I had already been to those mountains a few years ago, but starting in Talloires and passing through Col des Frêtes, both on the way up and down. This time, I went up the mountain starting from Thônes and went down through Col des Nantets on the way to Talloires. In the morning, I took a LIHSA bus from Annecy to Thônes – Pont de Morette. I first made a detour to the National Cemetery of the Glières nearby, which houses the tombs of 105 resistance fighters. I was soon on my way up towards Pointe de Talamarche, on a pretty straightforward trail. There was a great view from the summit, especially on the Bornes mountains, including Les Dents de Lanfon and La Tournette. I ate lunch then went down towards the pasture of Aulp Riant Dessus and Pas de l’Aulp, a pass on the south side of the pasture. Then I went up again to Roche Murraz, one of the summits of Lanfonnet. There was also a great view from there, especially on Lake Annecy. I went down and made a quick detour to Roc Lancrenaz on the other side of the pass. Finally, I started on the final descent to Talloires through Col des Nantets. I reached Vérel after a while and, in the end, I had to rush a little bit to make sure I could catch the last LIHSA bus from Talloires back to Annecy.

Above, bus stop in Thônes.

Above, tombs at the Nécropole Nationale des Glières.

Above, Fier river near the trailhead.

Above, towards Plateau des Glières.

Above, Tête à Turpin.

Above, Tête de l’Arpettaz.

Above, Chalet du Cruet.

Above, Chalet Le Lindion.

Above, I took an alternate trail towards Pointe de Talamarche: It forks a little bit above the Chalet and merges back into the main trail some time later.

Above, Dent du Cruet.

Above, Parmelan-Tassonnière.

Above, cows.

Above, Plateau des Glières.

Above, Pointe de la Québlette.

Above, ruins of a chalet.

Above, Dent du Cruet.

Above, at Crêt des Tervelles, looking at La Tournette.

Above, Montagne de Cotagne.

Above, Aravis.

Above, Mont Lachat de Thônes.

Above, at the summit of Pointe de Talamarche.

Above, Col des Frêtes and Lake Annecy.

Above, Dents de Lanfon.

Above, Alpage de l’Aulp Riant Dessus and La Tournette.

Above, Pointe de la Sambuy.

Above, Lanfonnet.

Above, Col de Leschaux.

Above, Roc des Boeufs.

Above, Col des Aravis and Mont Blanc.

Above, looking towards La Clusaz.

Above, on the way to Lanfonnet.

Above, Pas de l’Aulp.

Above, looking back at Pointe de Talamarche.

Above, Chalet de l’Aulp Riant Dessus.

Above, wall at Pas de l’Aulp. The path to Roche Murraz goes along the wall.

Above, Chalet de l’Aulp, the starting point of the hike to La Tournette.

Above, summit of La Tournette.

Above, paragliders.

Above, view from the summit of Roche Murraz.

Above, Rocher du Roux.

Above, south side of Lake Annecy.

Above, Montagne du Charbon.

Above, Dents de Lanfon.

Above, Talloires.

Above, Montagne d’Entrevernes.

Above, looking back at Roche Murraz.

Above, view from Roc Lancrenaz on the other side of Pas de l’Aulp: Col des Nantets and La Tournette.

Above, Montmin and Bauges behind it.

Above, on the way down to Col des Nantets.

Above, goats at Chalet des Nantets.

Above, cross at Col des Nantets.

Above, Lake Annecy.

Above, dead sheep below Chalet des Crottes.

Above, path to Vérel.

Above, Rocher du Roux.

Above, Pierre des Pingolies in Vérel.

Above, Dents de Lanfon and Lanfonnet.

Above, path in the forest to Talloires.

Above, in Talloires, above the bus stop.

Hike to Pointe de Beauregard & Croix de Colomban

A few weeks after Tête du Danay, I went back to La Clusaz. This time, I hiked Pointe de Beauregard and kept walking until Thônes, passing by the Croix de Colomban on the way. Here is the path I took (download KML):

In the morning, I took a LIHSA bus from Annecy to La Clusaz. I walked to the trailhead nearby then took a trail through the “Frasse aux Femmes” at first but I joined with the standard trail soon after. It was mostly in the forest with the occasional pasture and chalet, as well as good viewpoints on the Aravis, still covered with snow. After a while, I reached the cable car station at the summit of Pointe de Beauregard. There was a great view, especially to the east: All the Aravis could be seen, as well as the village of La Clusaz below, the Tête du Danay and the Chaîne du Bargy. I ate lunch then walked across a plateau towards the Croix de Colomban. At the cross, there was also a good view, but to the west: La Tournette, Thônes, Dent du Cruet and Parmelan. I started on the way down towards Thônes. However, at some point, I ignored a direction sign, trusting my map (IGN) that also indicated an alternate path. Later, the path was blocked with “Keep out” signs, barb wire, locks and even an electrified fence… So instead, I had to walk off-trail for a bit by cutting through a flower field and a cattle enclosure in order to find the standard path. I reached Thônes with time to spare before the bus to go back to Annecy. While waiting, I visited Chapelle du Calvaire near the bus station.

Above, photo of Pointe de Beauregard taken near Lac des Confins.

Above, in the morning, near the bus station.

Above, snail.

Above, Pointe de Beauregard in view.

Above, Col des Aravis.

Above, Tête du Danay.

Above, Aravis and La Clusaz.

Above, Mont Lachat de Thônes.

Above, Mont Lachat de Châtillon.

Above, Pic de Jallouvre.

Above, Pointe de Beauregard.

Above, Mont Charvin.

Above, at the summit of Pointe de Beauregard.

Above, Aiguille du Calvaire.

Above, Pointe Percée, the highest peak in the Aravis.

Above, Chaîne du Bargy.

Above, cable car station.

Above, towards Entremont.

Above, Pointe de Merdassier.

Above, plateau.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, Croix de Colomban.

Above, Mont Lachat de Thônes.

Above, 3 Têtes des Bornes.

Above, Parmelan.

Above, Dent du Cruet and Pointe de Talamarche.

Above, on the way down.

Above, Chalet du Petit Novard.

Above, large anthill.

Above, at this point, I realised the path I wanted to take was blocked. I doubled back a little in order to walk through a field so I could reach the standard trail.

Above, off-trail, cutting through a flower field. Apparently, I was not the first one to go through there.

Above, in the cow enclosure.

Above, on the standard trail.

Above, in Thônes.

Above, Mont Lachat de Thônes.

Above, Eglise Saint-Maurice.

Above, Fier river.

Above, via ferrata.

Above, path to Chapelle du Calvaire.

Above, the chapel.

Above, Thônes bus station.