I couldn’t leave this beautiful region before sharing the top natural spots I had the chance to discover here: Thollon, Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval, Cornettes de Bise, pointe d’Autigny, Salève and multiples lakes!
Hucel point of view
Let’s start with the easiest and closest spot not to miss! This belvedere is only a 5 minute walk from the car (you can park on the roadside next to the fountain). The path forms a simple loop, I advise you to turn right for the somewhat sporty climb but which does not require superhuman effort or specific equipment.
Pic des Mémises
Again you have the easy way: go to Thollon Station and pay for the mountain lift (8€) or leave the car at Col de Creusaz parking and start a huge and amazing ascension to the cross of the Peak:
Until the “Edge of the World”
With various ways at different levels, this place can fit to anyone! I’ve been twice, first for the full round: until the Bout du Monde (Edge of the World) and coming back from the top, having a break at Chalet du Boret (took 4h). I’ve been a second time with a friend children and we went until Vogealle waterfall (took around 2h).
Note: Way up and down both require good health condition but the effort really worth it!
If you want to walk you can leave the car at Nant Sec parking. It will take you only 30min to reach the waterfall, passing through a nice wood, with no particular difficulty, or maybe only for the orientation as it’s not really indicated. We get lost on the way back (we wanted to do a loop…).
You can also reach the waterfall by car: there is a parking right in front of it and a nice restaurant near by.
Cornettes de bise
You have several ways to visit this amazing site. We took the direct way to Col de Floray from the Bise refuge and went back the same way as we didn’t have much time before dawn.
We did it during winter so the weather was hiding the view, but still it worth it! From Abondance you will arrive at 1808m for a total 4h walk with snowshoes.
There are plenty ways to go up there but we took the lazy one! It offers an incredible view on Annemasse and Geneva!
Small but nice lakes
Both places have 2 options: for the lazy ones it’s accessible by car, and for those who want to enjoy a nice walk (1h30 to go and back on the same way). If you choose to walk:
- Montriond: you enjoy the Ardent waterfall and cross a beautiful forest
- Green lake: you cross the beautiful Nant Bordon gateway and have a nice view on Mont Blanc mountain!
Let’s end this post with an other activity which brings you an other point of view: THE BOAT!