Bike ride to Saint-Jorioz along Lake Annecy / Marais de l’Enfer

Last winter, I took my bike on the Voie Verte (bike road) along Lake Annecy until I reached Saint-Jorioz. There was a great view on the Bornes mountains from there. On the way back, I stoped at the Marais de l’Enfer (Swamp of Hell), a nature reserve on the shore of the lake.

Above, the lake in Annecy.

Above, firemen watering the lake.

Above, Parmelan.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, Ile aux Cygnes.

Above, Mont Veyrier.

Above, Montagne de la Mandallaz.

Above, Promenade Cheltenham.

Above, Salève in the background.

Above, Montagne d’Entrevernes to the south.

Above, leaving Annecy.

Above, in Sévrier.

Above, Dents de Lanfon.

Above, Promenade des Seines.

Above, Dents de Lanfon, Lanfonnet and Tournette.

Above, Semnoz.

Above, Mont Baret.

Above, at the Plage Municipale (City beach) of Sévrier.

Above, Port of Sévrier.

Above, snow on La Tournette.

Above, Voie Verte.

Above, in Saint-Jorioz.

Above, Château de Menthon, on Col de Bluffy.

Above, cliff of Roc de Chère.

Above, boat terminal.

Above, port of Saint-Jorioz.

Above, donkeys.

Above, in Marais de l’Enfer, on the way to the lake.

Above, reed.

Above, on the way back to Annecy.

Above, small canal in the old town.

Above, view from Pont des Amours.

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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.

Walk along Lake Geneva in Lausanne

Starting at the Tour Haldimand, I walked along Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) until I reached the EPFL campus in Écublens. On the way, I passed by the Parc du Denantou and its Thai pavillon, the Olympic Museum (although I didn’t go in), Ouchy and its castle, as well as many marinas and beaches.

Above, Tour Haldimand.

Above, Lake Geneva, looking east.

Above, fog looking west.

Above, looking towards Ouchy.

Above, Thai pavillon (Pavillon Thaïlandais) in Parc Denantou.

Above, Olympic Museum.

Above, the promenade is lined with many sculptures.

Above, in Ouchy.

Above, Château d’Ouchy, now a hotel.

Above, mountains on the French side of Lake Geneva.

Above, CGN station.

Above, CGN boat.

Above, marina.

Above, Pyramides de Vidy (built for the Swiss National Exposition of 1964).

Above, swan on a beach.

Hike to Pointe de la Québlette & Circuit de l’Ovine

On one of my last outings in last year’s hiking season, I climbed up the Pointe de la Québlette, near the Plateau des Glières and the 3 Têtes des Bornes. I also walked a loop around it: The so-called Circuit de l’Ovine. I mostly followed this trail, with the climb to Pointe de la Québlette in addition. Here is a map (KML):

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I went to the Plateau des Glières by car with my father, since the trail is not easily accessible by public transport. The car park was near the Monument national à la Résistance du plateau des Glières so I made a detour to have a look at it but was soon on my way up to Col de l’Ovine. After the Col, I continued towards Chalet de l’Ovine, but before reaching it, I went up through the grass to the ridge leading up to the Pointe de la Québlette. There was a great view from the summit: I could see the 3 Têtes des Bornes, the Parmelan, the Pic de Jallouvre, the Montagne de Sous-Dine, the Mont Lachat de Thônes, La Tournette and even the Mont Blanc. I then went down to the Chalet and ate lunch. After that, I walked down again, to Col de la Buffaz. I then took a path towards Refuge de la Têtaz and Alpage de la Rosière to link with the path I had already taken when going to the 3 Têtes. It led me back to the Plateau des Glières. It was almost night when I reached the car and completed the loop.

Above, in the morning, looking towards Pointe de la Québlette from the car park.

Above, large concrete sculpture of Monument National à la Résistance, at sunrise.

Above, looking at the other side of Col des Glières.

Above, ice on the ground.

Above, that dog followed me and my father for the whole path.

Above, Pointe de la Québlette.

Above, towards Chalet des Auges.

Above, on the path to Col de l’Ovine.

Above, looking towards Tête Noire & Tête Ronde.

Above, Pointe de Puvat from Col de l’Ovine.

Above, chalet on fire in Le Grand-Bornand, with La Pointe Percée in the Aravis in the background.

Above, Pic de Jallouvre.

Above, Chalet de l’Ovine and Pointe de la Québlette.

Above, view form the summit of Pointe de la Québlette.

Above, Mont Lachat de Thônes.

Above, Entremont in the valley, with Pic de Jallouvre, Roc des Tours and Roc des Charmieux in the background.

Above, looking towards Lake Annecy.

Above, Mont Blanc.

Above, 3 Têtes.

Above, Plaine de Dran on Plateau des Glières.

Above, Montagne des Frêtes.

Above, Montagne de Sous-Dine.

Above, Parmelan.

Above, Mont Charvin.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, Chalet de l’Ovine.

Above, on the way down.

Above, Chalet de l’Ovine.

Above, looking back at Pointe de Pulvat.

Above, view from the lunch spot.

Above, on the way down to Col de la Buffaz.

Above, Mont Lachat.

Above, chalet at Col de la Buffaz.

Above, on the way to Alpage de la Rosière.

Above, Col de la Buffaz.

Above, cross near a viewpoint.

Above, cross at Refuge de la Têtaz.

Above, Alpage de la Rosière.

Above, looking towards Plateau des Glières.

Above, Pointe de la Québlette.

Above, Plaine de Dran.

Above, moonlight on the Monument.