Hike to Roc des Boeufs

During summer, I went on a hike to Roc des Boeufs in the Bauges mountains near Annecy.

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

In the morning, I took the Sibra summer shuttle (Ligne d’été) from Annecy to the summit of Semnoz, taking my bike with me. From there, I went down to Col de Leschaux then went slightly up on the other side of the pass and parked at La Chapelle-Saint-Maurice. I started walking on the path to Chalets du Sollier, through a paved road at first, then a trail in the forest and finally an access road. The steep ascent to Roc des Boeufs starts at the Chalet. There was a great view from the summit. I then went down using the same path. I returned to Annecy through the Route du Col de Leschaux and the Voie Verte du Lac d’Annecy.

Above, Plateau du Semnoz.

Above, Pays de l’Albanais.

Above, Crêt de Chatillon, the summit of Semnoz.

Above, Bauges mountains.

Above, Mont Colombier on the way down to Col de Leschaux.

Above, Roc des Boeufs.

Above, cross in Leschaux.

Above, at Col de Leschaux.

Above, church at La Chapelle-Saint-Maurice.

Above, the local wildlife.

Above, Semnoz on the other side.

Above, forest trail on the way to Chalets du Sollier.

Above, Chalets in view.

Above, cows huddling together.

Above, at the Chalets, looking towards Mont Julioz.

Above, Mont Trélod.

Above, path to the summit of Roc des Boeufs.

Above, Plateau du Semnoz.

Above, cow on the path.

Above, Montagne de Bange.

Above, Mont Margeriaz.

Above, at the summit of Roc des Boeufs, looking at the other side towards Montagne du Charbon.

Above, Petit Lac and La Tournette.

Above, Mont Trélod.

Above, Mont Blanc.

Above, “Le Grimpeur” sculpture.

Above, Semnoz.

Above, Pointe de Banc Plat.

Above, the true summit, slightly higher than the “Grimpeur” sculpture. It is a bit harder to access.

Above, Bauges valley.

Above, Mont Julioz and Mont Colombier.

Above, Col de Leschaux.

Above, Mont Charvin.

Above, on the way down.

Above, Col du Plane.

Above, back at Chalets du Sollier.

Above, Sun slightly hidden by clouds.

Above, back at La Chapelle-Saint-Maurice.

Above, Roc des Boeufs seen from Route du Col de Leschaux.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, Dents de Lanfon.

Above, at the lake on the Voie Verte.

Above, Parmelan, back in Annecy.


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 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 Lanfon, 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.