Parc de Saint-Cloud

The Parc de Saint-Cloud is a large park near Paris. It is located on the site of the Château de Saint-Cloud, a residence of royal and imperial families since the 16th century and destroyed in the 19th century. It has both a French and English-style garden, as well as a rose garden.

Above, Grand Fontaine. Unfortunately, it was not running when I visited.

Above, Bassin des Carpes.

Above, Bassin du Fer à Cheval.

Above, map of the park.

Above, French formal garden.

Above, path in the forest.

Above, Bassin des Chiens.

Above, stairs to a viewpoint and an English-style garden.

Above, Seine.

Above, rose garden.

Above, périphérique.


Hike to Montagne de la Mandallaz

The Mandallaz is a small mountain located at the north-west of Lac d’Annecy, between Annecy and Geneva. This page has an itinerary (although not the one that I followed) that starts in the village of Balme de Sillingy. It gives a good view of the fault mirror at the base of the mountain.

I went by bike to Metz-Tessy and parked it south of the Bois des Machurettes. I then took the trail in the forest. After leaving the forest, I walked in direction of the Mandallaz using the paved road and then muddy forest roads. Finally, I arrived at the trail to reach the summit. After the summit, I went back using basically the same path.

Above, Bois des Machurettes.

Above, Montagne de la Mandallaz.

Above, Lake Annecy.

Above, on the trail to the summit.

Above, view near the summit.

Above, the summit does not have a view.

Above, on the way down.

Above, back at Bois de la Machurette.

Above, Fier river, on the way back to Annecy (near the hospital).

Hike to Chalets de l’Eau Froide

The Chalets de l’Eau Froide are emergency huts in the Bauges Massif. They are rumoured to have one of the best views on the Lac d’Annecy from the southern direction. However, there was a thick fog when I arrived there so I could not verify it… I basically followed these directions, with the map here (except at the end, where I continued a bit further).

I came by bike from Annecy to the Parking du Martinet, deep inside the Combe d’Ire in the village of Doussard. This was the location of the (still unsolved) quadruple murder of 2012, known as the Chevaline killings. The road continues in the direction of Col de Chérel but is reserved for forest management activities. The forest trail to the Chalets starts a bit after the parking. After reaching the Chalets, I continued in the direction of the Plan de France. It is one the possible routes to reach the Pointe d’Arcalod, the highest summit of the Bauges Massif. Instead, I continued in the direction of the Col de Chérel (but not reaching it). I then found the road to get back to the Parking and complete the loop. That last part on the paved road really felt endless, so the directions I linked above would probably have been better.

Above, near the landing area for paragliders in Lathuile.

Above, looking towards the Combe d’Ire.

Above, the Ire river.

Above, Mont Trélod.

Above, Lac d’Annecy in the fog.

Above, Chalets de l’Eau Froide.

Above, looking at the other side of the Vallon de Saint-Ruph.

Above, Pointe de Vélan.

Above, some cows on the way to Plan de France.

Above, Plan de France.

Above, Mont Trélod and Montagne du Charbon, on the other side of the Combe d’Ire.

Above, Col de Chérel.

Above, Mont Trélod.

Above, Ire river.

Above, La Tournette in the clouds.

Above, Montagne du Charbon.

Above, Roc des Boeufs.

Above, Dents de Lanfon and Lanfonnet.

Above, last ray of sunligh in Duingt.

Above, climbing rock in Duingt.

Above, red Dents de Lanfon, seen from a beach in Sévrier.

Above, Mont Veyrier.

Above, the Libellule floating restaurant.

Hike to Mont Trélod & Dent des Portes

At 2,181m, Mont Trélod is the 4th highest peak of the Bauges Massif. The trail I followed is a mix of this one (from Montgellaz to Chalet du Golet) and this one (from the chalet to the summit of Mont Trélod).

I first went by bike to Montgellaz in the village of Lathuile and parked at the same place as for the hike to Pointe de Banc Plat. To reach Mont Trélod, I could have gone up there again: There is a thin ridge to reach Dents des Portes and then continue on the trail to Mont Trélod, but the last time I was there, it did not seem very safe. So instead, I first used the trail in the forest to get to the pastures of Col de Bornette. Then I followed a road to Chalet du Golet. From there, I took the steep trail to Dents des Portes, but skirted it to go directly to the summit of Mont Trélod. The view up there was awesome. On the way down, I met a team from the ONF (National Forest Office), who were trying to capture some chamois, which are quite common in the area. I did not see any this time though… I then made a detour through the top of Dents des Portes before going down to Chalet du Golet and back to Montgellaz. It was night by the time I got there.

Above, swans on Lake Annecy.

Above, Lac d’Annecy seen from Sévrier.

Above, La Tournette lost in the clouds.

Above, in Lathuile.

Above, Montagne du Charbon.

Above, after a few minutes on a forest road, I took the trail to Col de Bornette.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, Col de Bornette.

Above, Chalet du Golet.

Above, Dents des Portes.

Above, Dents des Portes from up close.

Above, Mont Trélod.

Above, summit of Mont Trélod.

Above, Pointe de Vélan.

Above, cross at the summit.

Above, Montagne du Charbon. The Pointe de Banc Plat is on the left.

Above, Pointe d’Arcalod, the highest peak in the Bauges Massif.

Above, Mont Charvin and Aravis range in the background.

Above, Mont Colombier.

Above, on the way down.

Above, the ONF team tracking some chamois.

Above, back at Dent des Portes.

Above, the ridge from Dent des Portes to Pointe de Banc Plat.

Above, cairn at the summit of Dent des Portes.

Above, looking back at Mont Trélod.

Above, Pointe de Banc Plat.


Above, La Tournette.

Above, Pointe de la Sambuy.

Above, cross at Chalet du Golet.

Above, last rays of sunlight at Col de Bornette.

Above, sunset on Lake Annecy.

Above, at night.