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7 Spring hikes around Lake Annecy

As winter loosens its grip, Lake Annecy 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 lake views, these hikes showcase the natural beauty that blossoms around this idyllic alpine lake during the spring months. So lace up your hiking boots and join us as we navigate through the rejuvenating landscapes of Lake Annecy!

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The top spring hikes around Lake Annecy

1. The Cascade d’Angon (The Angon Waterfall)

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Distance: 4.7km
Duration: 2h15
Altitude difference: 300m

A beautiful Lake Annecy hike is to the Cascade d’Angon (the Angon waterfall).

This lovely path from Talloires leads you through the forest to the impressive waterfall. If it’s a warm spring day, the clear pools make a great spot for a dip if you can brave the cold water! Just be aware some parts of the hike are fairly steep and can become slippery, so make sure you’re wearing sensible shoes.

Alternatively, wait until you return to the lake and dive in at the Plage d’Angon, one of the many beautiful Lake Annecy beaches.

2. The Roc de Chère

A view across Lake Annecy
Unbeatable views and a trail that’s accessible to all abilities © Lake Annecy Tourism

Distance: 6.5km
Duration: 2.5 hours
Altitude difference: 270m

For this trail, start at Menthon-St-Bernard, where there you’ll find plenty of parking.

This beautiful nature reserve has a network of fabulous footpaths through the shady forest which are suitable for all ages of hikers.

Make sure to reach the Belvedere for a great picnic spot with a stunning view down to Lake Annecy. Then, head back to the port to cool off with an ice cream and maybe a swim if it’s a warm day!

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3. Hike to Mont Veyrier

The high path offers great views of the lake and mountains
The panoramic view from the top of Mont Veyrier is well worth the effort. ©Tracetaroute

Distance: about 5km (round trip)
Difference in altitude: Moderate
Duration: 2-3 hours

The hike starts from the Mont Veyrier car park, near the “Le Pré Vernet” restaurant. The path is clearly signposted, so just follow the signs to Mont Veyrier.

The trail begins with a gentle climb through the forest. Hikers will appreciate the shade of the trees in spring and the climb is gradual, becoming progressively steeper as you go.

Along the way, there are several viewpoints offering views of Lake Annecy and the surrounding mountains, with the most breathtaking view saved for last at the peak. Here, you can also see the Bauges mountains and Mont Semnoz. It’s an ideal place to take a break, enjoy the scenery and capture the moment in photographs!

The descent follows the same path back to the Mont Veyrier car park.

4. La Tournette

View of the lake from La Tournette
If you’re up for a challenge, don’t miss La Tournette! © Lac Annecy Tourisme

Distance: 8km
Duration: 5h30
Altitude difference: 926m

At the highest peak of Lake Annecy at 2351m, La Tournette boasts some of the most impressive hiking trails in the area.

Historically, a popular starting point for getting to the summit is from Chalet de l’Aulp above Montmin. However, if you find this is not accessible by car, parking is available at the Prés Ronds car park (1216 m), situated before the village of Montmin, approximately 25 km from Annecy toward the Col de la Forclaz.

From there, proceed on foot to the Col de l’Aulp via the designated footpath, requiring approximately a 40-minute walk. The route takes you over grassy fields and rocky paths and leads you to one of the best views in the Haute-Savoie.

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5. The Saint Germain Hermitage Loop by Ponnay

A church in front of Lake Annecy
For a slightly different hiking experience, try the Saint Germain hermitage Loop © C. Max

Distance: 7.3km
Duration: 2h30
Altitude difference: 486m

Embark on a scenic hike starting from Talloires town centre, just 15 kilometres from Annecy.

The trail winds through the charming streets of the village before leading to the Saint-Germain hermitage. Along the way, you’ll traverse peaceful hamlets, offering both tranquillity and breathtaking vistas of the lake and surrounding summits.

Don’t forget your camera to capture the picturesque moments along the way! Conveniently, the village also offers various shops and accommodation for your convenience.

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6. The Roselières path

A shady footpath opens on to the edge of the lake
The Roselières footpath is a great choice for beginners. ©Theotherpaths

Distance: about 5km
Duration: about 2 hours

The walk begins at the Plage de Saint-Jorioz car park. The path is clearly signposted, and walkers should follow the signs for the Sentier des Roselières.

The trail leads through wetlands, in particular reedbeds, which play an essential role as natural habitats for local wildlife. The path follows wooden footbridges across these areas, giving you a unique perspective on bird life and aquatic vegetation.

The reed beds are home to many species of birds, including herons, coots, swans and other water birds. Binoculars are useful for more detailed observation, especially for keen birdwatchers.

After exploring the reed beds and enjoying the views over the lake, there’s an option to turn back at the “Le Beau” crossroads. Hikers return to the Plage de Saint-Jorioz car park to conclude their hike near Lake Annecy.

7. The nature reserve at the end of the lake

Distance: about 3.7km
Duration: about 2 hours

The path is marked by a low footbridge through the ears of wheat.
Children will love the boardwalk through the nature reserve. ©SavoieMontBlanc

The trail takes walkers to this unspoiled site at the nature reserve at the end of the lake.

The departure point in Doussard offers a variety of hiking options, with a selection of trails that allow visitors to explore the different natural habitats of the local wildlife, including the wetlands, forests and banks of the lake.

The return journey is a simple matter of following the loop!

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The hikes around Lake Annecy 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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