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 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.

Walk in Annecy: La Varde, Pont de La Bornale, Pont de Brogny, Vallon du Fier, Promenade du Thiou, Lake Annecy

At the beginning of spring, I went on a walk around Annecy, trying to stay on parks and green spaces. Not a complete success but close enough… Starting in Annecy-le-Vieux near L’Abbaye Espace d’art contemporain, I followed a bike / pedestrian path to La Varde then crossed the Fier river at Pont de La Bornale on the way to Pont de Brogny and the large park of Vallon du Fier nearby. I walked in the Vallon and exited at the Zone industrielle du Pont de Tasset. I crossed the Fier river again to reach Cran-Gévrier then followed the Thiou river all the way to the old town of Annecy. Finally, I arrived at Lake Annecy.

Here is the path I followed (download KML):

Above, L’Abbaye.

Above, park in front of L’Abbaye.

Above, pedestrian path. There is also a bike path alongside it.

Above, cross near Novel.

Above, donkeys.

Above, in La Varde.

Above, Montagne de la Mandallaz.

Above, Parmelan.

Above, telecom antenna on Crêt de la Varde.

Above, short forest path.

Above, horses.

Above, horse riding school near the stables.

Above, Pont de La Bornale.

Above, Fier river.

Above, another bike road.

Above, path to some kind of beach on the Fier.

Above, Fier.

Above, Viaduc Ferroviaire du Pont de Brogny (train bridge).

Above, Viaduc and Fier seen from the Pont de Brogny.

Above, Vieux Pont de Brogny (aka Petit Pont Romain) and new Pont de Brogny behind it.

Above, path in Vallon du Fier.

Above, bridge across the Fier.

Above, bridge linking the Zone industrielle du Pont de Tasset with Cran-Gévrier.

Above, Fier river.

Above, in Cran-Gévrier.

Above, Cercle de l’Eau at the Thiou river.

Above, Promenade du Thiou.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, old town of Annecy.

Above, Eglise Saint-François de Sales.

Above, Parmelan seen from Lake Annecy.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, Mont Veyrier, Mont Baron and Mont Baret.

Above, Les Marquisats.

Above, Canal du Vassé and Pont des Amours.

Above, Pâquier.

Above, at Bonlieu.

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.

Boat ride on Lac du Bourget

At the end of the hike to Mont de Corsuet and Montagne de la Biolle, I went on a cruise on Lac du Bourget. I chose the 1h “Découverte” (Discovery) tour operated by Compagnie des Bateaux du lac du Bourget: Starting at the Grand Port in Aix-les-Bains, the boat goes to the Hautecombe Abbey on the north-western area of the lake and back.

Above, cruise boat docking at the Grand Port.

Above, leaving the marina.

Above, looking south.

Above, Montagne de la Charvaz.

Above, looking north, Mont Colombier can be seen in the distance.

Above, Dent du Chat.

Above, Massif de la Chambotte.

Above, on the way to the abbey, the boat hugs the western shore.

Above, Plage du Meunier, a beach only accessible by boat.

Above, Hautecombe Abbey in view.

Above, the abbey from up close.

Above, docking near the abbey to pick up passengers on the way back to Aix-les-bains.

Above, Belvédère de la Chambotte.

Above, Mont de Corsuet.

Above, the sunniest place in Savoie, in Baie de Grésine.

Above, cliff of Montagne de la Biolle.

Above, Pointe de l’Ardre.

Above, Mont Revard.

Above, Dent du Chat.

Above, lighthouse at the Grand Port.

Above, docking.