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7 Spring hikes around La Clusaz

As winter loosens its grip, La Clusaz 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 La Clusaz!

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The top spring hikes around La Clusaz

La Clusaz country side with wooden chalets and mountain views
© C. Hudry,

1. Lac des confins – Lac des Confins loop from La Clusaz

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Distance: 4.1 km
Elevation: 137m
Duration: 1h 14m

This is an easy hike which is perfect for any fitness level, making it an ideal activity for families with younger kids. The starting point of the trail is conveniently located next to a car park and the paths are easily accessible to all.

Why not enhance your family itinerary by adding an extra activity at the Lac des Confins Adventure Park? Here, you can revel in a variety of activities, including a bouncy castle, acrotyro, trampolining, and a 300-metre zip wire suspended over the picturesque Confins Lake. For an even more adrenaline-pumping adventure, the park now offers a new and impressive 700-metre zip wire too! It’s important to keep in mind that the park is open only from late spring onwards.

2. La Clusaz to Belvedere-Merdassier

Distance: 8.7km
Elevation: 757m
Duration: 4 hours

You’ll need half a day for this fairly challenging route, which takes you from La Clusaz, through forests and mountain pastures to the pretty Etale reservoir. Enjoy a breather before following the forest path up to Belvedere and you’ll be rewarded with a panoramic view over the valley, La Clusaz, the Col des Aravis, the Mont Blanc Massif and the Jura.

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3. Cortibot – Lachat Reservoir – Lac des Confins

Distance: 12.7km
Elevation: 493m
Duration: 3h 58m

Discover this scenic 12.7km circular trail near La Clusaz, renowned for its moderate difficulty level and an average completion time of 3 hours and 58 minutes. As a popular destination for hiking and running enthusiasts, the trail offers a vibrant atmosphere, often dotted with fellow explorers. If you choose to bring along a furry companion, dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead.

Commencing from the Cortibot tennis court car park in La Clusaz, Haute-Savoie, the trail unfolds into a captivating journey. Meandering through the enchanting Merdassier woods, the route continues past the serene Lachat reservoir, the picturesque Lac des Confins, and finally, the majestic Col des Mouilles. The trail is adorned with delightful wildflowers, which are particularly beautiful during the spring season.

4. Great place – Pointe de Beauregard loop from La Clusaz

Map of the route of Great place – Pointe de Beauregard loop from La Clusaz
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Distance: 11.8km
Elevation: 609m

Embark on this intermediate hiking tour, ideally suited for those with good fitness, offering easily accessible paths suitable for all skill levels. The tour begins conveniently beside a car park, and along the way, you’ll be treated to the breathtaking sights of beautiful spring pastures and mountain vistas. The hiking highlight is the Lac de la Ferriaz, so don’t forget your camera to capture the crystal clear waters on a spring day!

Plateau de Beauregard photographed in golden sunlight
Plateau de Beauregard © Pierre Maullet,

5. La Trou de la Mouche – Chaîne des Aravis – Boucle

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Distance: 9.6km
Elevation: 975m
4h 24m

Embark on an expert hiking tour that demands very good fitness but is well-accommodating with easily accessible paths. The tour commences conveniently beside a car park, streamlining the beginning of your adventure. As you traverse the well-maintained trails, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views, especially on a clear spring day, adding an extra layer of awe to your challenging yet accessible hiking experience.

6. Col des Aravis – La Croix des Frêtes loop from La Clusaz

A map of the route of Col des Aravis – La Croix des Frêtes loop from La Clusaz
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Distance: 15.5km
Elevation: 601m
5h 04m

This is an expert hiking tour that calls for good fitness and sure-footedness, but luckily the paths are generally accessible. The starting point of the tour is easily reachable via public transport, ensuring a convenient beginning to your adventure.

As you ascend, be prepared to be captivated by the stunning panoramic views over the “Chaine du Mont Blanc,” before reaching “La Croix des Frêtes”, where you can marvel at the breathtaking landscapes.

7. Colomban – La Croix de Colomban loop from La Clusaz

Distance: 12.2km
Elevation: 556m
Duration: 3h 58m

This intermediate hike is home to easily accessible paths but requires a moderate level of fitness. Particularly beautiful on a clear spring day, enjoy picturesque mountain views over the Aravis and Mont Blanc whilst you admire the budding floral and fauna.

La Clusaz countryside with pink skies and mountain views
© C Hudry,

The hikes around La Clusaz 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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