Parc du Bois Vidal (Aix-les-Bains)

Parc du Bois Vidal is a large park in Aix-les-Bains. It has multiple forest paths, lawns and a viewpoint (belvédère) with a good view on Lac du Bourget and the surrounding mountains.

Above, Dent du Chat hidden by clouds.

Above, the main path on the way to the viewpoint.

Above, belvédère.

Above, Lac du Bourget.

Above, Mont de Corsuet.

Above, Dent du Chat still in the clouds.

Above, Mont de la Charvaz.

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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.

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.

Pont du Diable

The Pont du Diable (Devil’s Bridge) is small stone bridge in Bellecombe-en-Bauges, not very far from the Pont de l’Abîme. The deep and narrow gorge formed by the Nant de Bellecombe below is a popular place for the practice of canyoning.

Above, walking to the bridge from the car park.

Above, the gorge.

Above, Pont du Diable.

Above, there are paths in the forest along the river.

Above, Mont Colombier.

Below, I had already been there during the summer, while I was passing through on my bike. At the time, I saw a few people in the Gorge.

Above, canyoning.

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.