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7 Spring hikes around Manigod

As winter loosens its grip, Manigod emerges from its chilly slumber, offering a fresh perspective for outdoor enthusiasts. In this post, we’ll guide you through a curated selection of trails that capture the essence of the season.

From leisurely strolls along flower-lined paths to more challenging routes revealing panoramic mountain vistas, these hikes showcase the natural beauty that blossoms around this idyllic alpine location during the spring months. Plus, the Aravis region is home to some great gentle hikes which are ideal for families of novice hikers. So lace up your hiking boots and join us as we navigate through the rejuvenating landscapes of Manigod!

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The top spring hikes around Manigod

1. Point of Beauregard

Distance: 6.9km
Duration: 2h 11m
Elevation gain: 275m

Explore the captivating 6.9-km circular trail nestled near Manigod, Haute-Savoie, offering a moderately challenging route that typically takes around 2 hours and 11 minutes to complete. You can expect a shared experience with fellow nature lovers, given the trail’s popularity, which is perfect in late spring. Additionally, this pet-friendly trail welcomes dogs, with the possibility for off-lead exploration in designated areas, adding a touch of companionship to your outdoor adventure.

Park alongside the Route du Col de la Croix Fry and commence your journey to Pointe de Beauregard by setting out from Col de la Croix Fry and following the markers for “Sentier 10.” Traverse through the forest, treating yourself to breathtaking vistas of the mountains enveloping Mont Blanc. As you proceed, make your way toward Pointe de Beauregard, where you’ll come across several spots to grab a bite to eat along the way, or stop at one of the many viewing points for a picnic.

A map showing the route of Point of Beauregard
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2. Col de la Croix Fry – Croix du Colomban

Distance: 9.5km
Duration: 2h 54m
Elevation gain: 354m

Embark on a 9.5-km circular trail in the picturesque surroundings of Manigod. Regarded as moderately challenging, this route typically takes approximately 2 hours and 54 minutes to complete. Plus, dogs are welcome to roam off-lead in designated sections.

This scenic hike, spanning from the Col de la Croix Fry to the Croix du Colomban winds through mid-mountain pastures and dense undergrowth, offering a gentle and family-friendly experience. Upon reaching the summit at Croix du Colomban, situated at an elevation of 1691m, you’ll be treated to breathtaking panoramic views. Despite its considerable distance, this hike is suitable for children, posing no significant technical challenges.

A map showing the route of Col de la Croix Fry - Croix du Colomban
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A family hike in the mountains in sun
The Aravis is the ideal place for a family hike in spring © Tilby Vattard

3. Circuit du Col de Merdassier

Distance: 6.3km
Duration: 1h 56m
Elevation gain: 240m

Discover this moderately challenging 6.3-km circular trail, which typically takes around 1 hour and 56 minutes to traverse. This trail is well-frequented by both hikers and mountain biking enthusiasts, yet during quieter times of the day, you can relish a more serene experience.

Take in the breathtaking sights of Alpine pastures coming to life in the spring, adorned with budding flowers and keep an eye out for the diverse mountain wildlife!

A map showing the route of the Circuit du Col de Merdassier
© Mapbox, Open Street Map

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4. L’Étale

Distance: 9.8km
Elevation gain: 1256m

Generally considered a challenging route, hiking L’Étale involves a lot of ascending and descending, requiring a moderate level of fitness and decent gear. However, the stunning views over Mont Blanc and Col du Passet make the journey worth it! Make sure to keep an eye out for local wildlife as well as Alpine flora and fauna along the way!

Map of the route of L'Étale
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5. Lac du Mont Charvin – Pas de l’ours loop from Manigod

Distance: 11.7km
Duration: 4h 58m
Elevation gain: 906m

This expert hiking tour promises a challenging adventure, demanding a high level of fitness for those seeking an exhilarating outdoor experience. Designed for hiking enthusiasts, it involves traversing mostly accessible paths that require a keen sense of sure-footedness.

The starting point of this tour is conveniently located next to a parking lot, ensuring easy access and convenience for avid hikers ready to take on this demanding but rewarding journey.

Whether navigating through challenging ascents or descending through picturesque landscapes, this expert hiking tour guarantees an unforgettable adventure for those with the stamina to explore the great outdoors at its most dynamic and challenging.

Map of the route of Lac du Mont Charvin – Pas de l'ours loop from Manigod
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6. Auberge de Plan-Bois – Montagne de Sulens loop from Manigod

Distance: 14km
Duration: 5h 57m
Elevation gain: 914m

This trail primarily follows accessible paths, however, some rougher terrain is to be expected.

The starting point of the hike is ideally located next to a car park (marked as A on the map) and there are stunning views to be enjoyed en route.

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7. Chez de la fin (hut) – La Maison des Bois loop from Manigod

A map showing the route of Chez de la fin (hut) – La Maison des Bois loop from Manigod
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Distance: 5km
Duration: 1h 43m
Elevation gain: 251m

This is an easy hike which is accessible for all fitness levels. Embark from Chez de la fin and head towards La Maison des Bois before enjoying the beautiful views of Mont Blanc from the forest.

The hikes around Manigod are particularly beautiful in spring, whether you’re travelling alone or in a group, as a couple or a family, from novices to experts.

However, even if you’re heading off on an adventure, don’t forget to be properly prepared when it comes to mountain safety. Before you set off, make sure you tell someone your route and find out the local emergency numbers. Your outing will be all the more enjoyable for it!

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