Hike to Pointe de Vélan

In spring, I went on a hike to Pointe de Vélan, in the Bauges mountains. Here is the trail I followed (download KML):

I took an early LIHSA bus from Annecy to Faverges. I then started towards the trailhead in the village of Glaise, walking on paved roads and sometimes cutting through paths in the forest. Once on the trail, the first part along the cliffs was very steep but I reached the Chalets du Gros Tilleul after a while and then the tomb of the Falcy family (Caveau de la Famille Falcy). After the tomb, the path was pretty flat until the Chalet de la Servaz, where the trail to Pointe de Vélan proper starts. I ate lunch then started on the final ascent. At the summit of the Pointe, there was a great view on the Bauges, as well as the Bornes and Aravis on the other side. On the way down, I first reached the Chalet de l’Eau Froide, where I had already been a few years ago. I then took forest roads to Giez in the valley, a very tedious moment. Finally, I took a LIHSA bus back to Annecy.

Above, bus station in Annecy.

Above, in Faverges.

Above, La Glière river.

Above, Bornes mountains on the other side of the Valley.

Above, Dent de Cons.

Above, arriving in Glaise, with La Sambuy in the background.

Above, trailhead.

Above, steep path.

Above, Montriond.

Above, lizard.

Above, in La Motte.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, Lake Annecy to the north.

Above, Chalets du Gros Tilleul.

Above, tomb of the Falcy family.

Above, La Sambuy ski resort.

Above, Pointe d’Arcalod in the clouds.

Above, Pointe de la Sambuy.

Above, arriving at Chalet de la Servaz below Pointe de Vélan.

Above, Notre-Dame de la Source.

Above, Col d’Orgeval.

Above, on the trail to the summit of Pointe de Vélan.

Above, Chalet de la Servaz and La Sambuy ski resort.

Above, Croix de Vélan.

Above, ridge to the summit of Pointe de Vélan.

Above, Pointe de Banc Plat on the other side of the Combe d’Ire.

Above, Montagne du Charbon.

Above, at the summit of Pointe de Vélan.

Above, Vallon de Saint-Ruph.

Above, Dent de Cons.

Above, Chalets de l’Eau Froide.

Above, Belle Etoile.

Above, Mont Trélod.

Above, on the way down.

Above, Chalet des Barbus.

Above, Chalet des Replens Dessus.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, Faverges.

Above, Mont Charvin.

Above, in Giez.

Above, Pointe de Vélan seen from the valley.

Above, at the bus stop in Giez.

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Hike to Taillefer (Spring 2018)

Last spring, I went on a hike to Taillefer, a small mountain in the Bauges next to Lake Annecy. Here is the trail I walked (download KML):

I had already been to Taillefer a few times: Like Roc de Chère, its low elevation and proximity to Annecy make it ideal for an early season hike. I went to Duingt by bike on the Voie Verte bike road and parked near the tunnel. It would also have been possible to take a LIHSA bus (line 51). Once in Duingt, I spent some time in the village and near the lake to take a few pictures but I was soon on my way up. I passed the Grotte Notre-Dame du Lac then the stone quarries, keeping on the Taillefer ridge all the way to l’Oratoire, where I had already been a few years ago, coming from the other direction. There, I ate lunch then started on the way down, towards Lake Annecy. I walked past the Nanceau waterfall then took a path that got me underneath the main stone quarry. I arrived at the Voie Verte and followed it through the tunnel to get back to the starting point in Duingt.

Above, on the Voie Verte to Duingt.

Above, school of fish in Lake Annecy.

Above, Dents de Landon, Lanfonnet and La Tournette.

Above, Montagne d’Entrevernes.

Above, tunnel in Duingt.

Above, village of Duingt.

Above, tower of Château de Duingt.

Above, Lake Annecy.

Above, Château Ruphy.

Above, Semnoz.

Above, trailhead of the hike to Taillefer.

Above, at the beginning, on the way to Grotte de Notre-Dame du Lac, the path is bordered with stations showing the life of Jesus.

Above, at the Grotte de Notre-Dame du Lac.

Above, the Grotte.

Above, Roc de Chère.

Above, Eglise Saint-Germain.

Above, path to the ridge.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, Col de la Forclaz.

Above, Château de Dhéré.

Above, Roc de Chère, Mont Baret and Mont Veyrier.

Above, Dent de Lanfon, Pointe de Talamarche and Lanfonnet.

Above, Petit Lac.

Above, smaller stone quarry.

Above, the main stone quarry.

Above, Dent de Cons.

Above, Pointe de la Sambuy and Pointe de Vélan.

Above, l’Oratoire.

Above, Petit Lac seen from the viewpoint of l’Oratoire.

Above, Doussard.

Above, on the way down.

Above, looking towards Faverges.

Above, Nanceau waterfall (cascade du ruisseau de Nanceau).

Above, Montagne du Charbon.

Above, Abondance cattle.

Above, below the main stone quarry.

Above, at the Voie Verte.

Above, Lanfonnet.

Above, Talloires and Dents de Lanfon.

Above, in the tunnel to Duingt.

Above, sunset on the Semnoz.

Above, Grotte de Notre-Dame du Lac from below.

Above, climbing wall near the tunnel.

Above, Montagne d’Entrevernes, on the way back to Annecy.

Hike to Tête du Danay & Lac des Confins (La Clusaz)

In spring, I went on a hike to La Clusaz: I climbed up Tête du Danay, a mountain located between La Clusaz and Le Grand-Bornand, then reached Lac des Confins.

Here is the path I walked (download KML):

In the morning, I took a LIHSA bus to La Clusaz from Annecy. Once in La Clusaz, the trailhead to Tête du Danay was located near the bus station. On the trail, there was still a little snow near the summit but nothing too annoying. At the top of the Tête, there was a great view on the Aravis mountains, still covered with snow, and the Chaîne du Bargy on the other side. La Tournette could also be seen. I ate lunch then went down towards Lac des Confins. Once there, I took a path along the foot of the Aravis to loop back to the center of La Clusaz and catch the bus back to Annecy.

Above, bus station in La Clusaz.

Above, trailhead in La Perrière.

Above, Pointe de Merdassier.

Above, village of La Clusaz.

Above, Oratoire.

Above, Crêt du Loup and Aiguille des Calvaires.

Above, Aravis mountains.

Above, Belvédère de La Perrière.

Above, Pointe de Beauregard.

Above, Têt du Danay.

Above, Mont Lachat de Thônes.

Above, view from Ferme du Danay.

Above, crocus.

Above, Pic de Jallouvre.

Above, Roc de Charmieux.

Above, cross at the summit of Tête du Danay.

Above, Chaîne du Bargy.

Above, Mont Lachat de Châtillon.

Above, Pointe Percée.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, Pointe d’Almet.

Above, Aiguille Verte.

Above, on the way down.

Above, Les Confins.

Above, Combe du Grand Crêt.

Above, goats.

Above, Tête du Danay.

Above, Lac des Confins.

Above, Tête du Danay.

Above, La Perrière, through which I walked earlier in the day.

Above, Abondance cattle.

Above, village.

Above, Eglise Saint-Foy.

Above, Le Nom.

At the end of the hike, I went to have a look at the Chapelle du Parc. In the morning, I had planned to start the hike from there but I could not find the trail indicated on the map. It turned out the map was wrong and the trail was quite a bit further along the road.

Above, Chapelle du Parc.

Hike to Salève: From Col du Mont Sion to Etrembières

Earlier this year, I went on a hike to Salève, a mountain in the Jura that overlooks the south-west side of Geneva but is actually located in Haute-Savoie. There are many trails to reach the plateau at the top of Salève and walk on once up there. For myself, I decided to cross the mountain along its length, starting from Col du Mont Sion and finishing at Etrembières. I took this hike report as an inspiration but, in the end, I walked the following path (download KML):

Starting in Annecy in the morning, I took a LIHSA bus to Geneva (T72 line) and got off at the “Saint-Blaise Mont-Sion” stop, in front of the Hameau du Père Noël (Santa Claus Village). From the Col du Mont Sion, I started walking up towards Saint-Blaise in order to find a trail to get to the plateau. After some time in the forest, I reached a pasture and kept going up, to Plan du Salève. There was a great view from there: Bornes mountains and Mont Blanc on one side, Jura on the other. Soon after, I arrived at the Grand Piton. At 1379m, it is the highest point of Salève. Geneva and its lake could be seen from the summit. Then, I kept walking through pastures until Col de la Croisette, where I took a trail called La Corraterie: It is a narrow path at the foot of cliffs. Very impressive. I then made my way towards the cable car station. There were a lot more people there. Finally, I started on the descent: I first walked down to Monnetier, then took the “Sentier des Voûtes” trail to reach the Château d’Etrembières (Etrembières Castle).

Going back to Annecy was a bit involved: First, I had to take a local bus to “Veyrier Douane” where I crossed into Switzerland, then boarded a TPG bus to the center of Geneva. Finally, I took a LIHSA bus to Annecy.

Above, at Col du Mont Sion.

Above, Christmas tree at the Hameau du Père Noël.

Above, snow on the Jura mountains.

Above, contrails.

Above, Saint-Blaise.

Above, Lake Geneva (Lac Léman).

Above, pasture.

Above, Bornes and Bauges mountains.

Above, Mont Blanc.

Above, Plan du Salève.

Above, Grand Crêt d’Eau.

Above, Grand Piton.

Above, on the ascent to the Grand Piton.

Above, limestone pavement.

Above, Tour Bastian, a watchtower.

Above, view of Lake Geneva and the rest of Salève from the tower.

Above, city of Geneva.

Above, Crêt de la Neige (Jura).

Above, back to walking on pastures, looking towards Chavanne.

Above, some snow left.

Above, at Col de la Croisette.

Above cliffs of La Corraterie.

Above, Trou de la Tine from above.

Above, on La Corraterie trail.

Above, Trou de la Tine from below.

Above, Trou de la Tine from the trail.

Above, the left side of the trail.

Above, painted flag of Savoie facing Geneva.

Above, looking back at the Grand Piton.

Above, at Col de la Grande Gorge.

Above, viewpoint on the Alps.

Above, Les Voirons.

Above, Mont Blanc.

Above, Le Mole.

Above, telecom antenna.

Above, Salève observatory.

Above, Pays de Gex.

Above, Geneva.

Above, Schedrub Choekhor Ling, a Tibetan buddhist monastery.

Above, cable car station.

Above, on the way down to Monnetier.

Above, in Monnetier, with the Petit Salève in the background.

Above, on the Sentier des Voûtes.

Above, Jet d’Eau.

Above, narrow path.

Above, Château d’Entrembières.

Above, the cliffs of Petit Salève.

Above, the cable car station seen from “Veyrier Douane”.

Above, Horloge Fleurie in the Jardin Anglais in Geneva.

Above, Jet d’Eau.

Above, Pont du Mont Blanc.

Hike to Mont Veyrier & Mont Baron (Spring 2018)

Last spring, I went on a hike to Mont Veyrier and Mont Baron, two mountains on the north-east of Lake Annecy. Here is the trail I walked (download KML):

I had already been a few times to those mountains: The trailhead is in Annecy-le-Vieux, right next to the lake and not very far from where I live. I wrote a post about it a few years ago. This time, I changed the path a little: Instead of going directly to Col du Pré-Vernet from the trailhead near the Petit Port, I first took a secondary trail through Mont Rampignon. From the Col, I then found the main path to reach the ridge of Mont Veyrier. I followed that trail through the summits of Mont Veyrier and Mont Baron, until I arrived at the platform of the old Mont Baron cable car (Ancien Téléphérique du Mont Baron). There was a great view on the lake from up there. I ate lunch then started on the way down. Instead of going directly to Veyrier-du-Lac like I did the last time, I took a path in the forest until Le Biclop, right before the Talabar cliff. From there, I went down to Chavoire in Veyrier and arrived at Lake Annecy very soon after. Finally, I walked along the lake until the Petit Port.

Above, Mont Veyrier seen from Parc Vignières-Pommaries in Annecy-le-Vieux, near where I live.

Above, lake at the Petit Port.

Above, trailhead.

Above, trail around Mont Rampignon.

Above, viewpoint of Mont Rampon, a short walk from Col du Pré-Vernet.

Above, Semnoz.

Above, on the main path to Col des Sauts and the ridge.

Above, view from Col des Sauts.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, snow on the Bauges.

Above, Veyrier-du-Lac and Menthon-Saint-Bernard.

Above, Old Town.

Above, cairn at the summit of Mont Veyrier.

Above, view from the summit of Mont Baron.

Above, platform of the former cable car.

Above, lizards.

Above, Aravis and Mont Blanc.

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

Above, at the platform.

Above, snow on the Aravis and Mont Blanc.

Above, Parmelan-Tassonnière.

Above, Parmelan.

Above, Semnoz.

Above, Montagne d’Entrevernes and Roc des Boeufs.

Above, Mont Baret.

Above, paraglider below.

Above, on the way down.

Above, at Le Biclop.

Above, at Chavoire in Veyrier.

Above, Talabar cliff.

Above, lakeside path.

Above, back at the Petit Port.

Above, back at Parc Vignières-Pommaries.