Your holiday in Le Grand Bornand
The top spring hikes around Le Grand Bornand
1. Lac de la Cour – Chemin des Bouts
Duration: 1h 24m
Explore this 4.7-km circular trail near Le Grand-Bornand, an easy route that typically takes around 1 hour and 24 minutes to complete. This trail, popular for both hiking and running, offers encounters with fellow enthusiasts and is ideal for visits from March to October. The trail is open to dogs, but they must be kept on a lead.
Head out from the hamlet of Samance, initially following the Chemin du Lac to reach the picturesque Lac de la Cour, a central feature of the walk. The return route takes you along the Chemin des Bouts, revealing a distinct landscape from the winter scenery of this ski resort.
2. Le Grand-Bornand – La Tête du Danay
Embark on this challenging 11.1-km circular trail near Le Grand-Bornand, Haute-Savoie, a popular destination for hiking, snowshoeing, and running enthusiasts, ensuring encounters with fellow nature seekers.
The optimal times to explore this trail span from March to November, welcoming dogs, some of which can roam off-lead in designated areas.
This hike from Le Grand-Bornand leads you to the Tête du Danay, nestled in La Clusaz at an elevation of 1,731 metres. Revel in the panoramic vistas of the Aravis massif and the Bornes mountains overlooking Le Grand-Bornand from this elevated vantage point.
The trail’s name, Tête du Danay, derives from the abundant fir trees blanketing the slopes, with the Germanic term “danay” translating to “fir tree.”
3. Malory Lake via les Bouts
Duration: 3h 6m
This hike offers a great middle-ground for intermediate hikers. Marvel at the stunning alpine landscapes, including the crystal clear waters of Malory Lake and traditional wooden chalets. In spring, make sure to look out for the local flora and fauna, as well as the abundant wildlife.
This hike is best-enjoyed between the months of March to October, so it’s ideal for the spring months.
4. Chalets de Mayse – Col de Forclaz – Lac de Lessy
Duration: 5h 36m
Head out on this 12.2-kilometre circular trail in Le Grand-Bornand, which is widely acknowledged as a challenging route, taking approximately 5 hours and 36 minutes to complete.
Commencing from Chinaillon, the journey encompasses the picturesque Lac de Lessy and the imposing Aravis Massif. Along the way, you’ll traverse various mountain passes, including the Col de la Forclaz at 1844 metres and the Col sous le Bouclon at 1909 metres, plus the serene Lac de Lessy at 1733 metres.
5. Lac de Peyre – Col de Balafrasse – Pointe du Midi
Duration: 4h 18m
Explore this 8km challenging circular trail near Le Grand-Bornand, which takes approximately 4 hours and 18 minutes to complete. Popular for hiking and running, you’ll likely encounter fellow enthusiasts throughout the spring season. Dogs are welcome, with some off-lead areas available for them to roam free.
The hike leads to the Pointe du Midi summit in the Bornes massif. Starting at Col de la Colombière, the trail passes by Lac de Peyre, offering views of Pointe Blanche and Pointe du Midi. Following the ridge to Col de Balafrasse and Pointe de Balafrasse, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the Aravis, Mont Blanc, Lac Léman, and more. The path involves steep sections which requires the use of ropes, therefore it’s best suited for experienced hikers.
6. Le Lachat – Lac de la Cour – Samance
Duration: 2h 28m
Discover this 8.9km circular trail, offering a moderately challenging experience with an average duration of 2 hours and 28 minutes. Ideal for hiking, the trail provides moments of solitude, especially during quieter times of the day.
Hike through the Aravis Massif in the communes of Samance and Chinaillon, traversing the Torrent du Chinaillon along the way, and pass by the Cour fishing lake.
7. Les Troncs – Tête des Annes – Pointe des Delevrets
This is a fantastic option for a springtime adventure. Advanced hikers can embark from Les Troncs, leading you to the summit of Tête des Annes. The trail, shaded by the imposing Pointe Percée, ascends towards the Col de Borneronde, following a ridge path to Tête des Annes and then the Pointe des Delevrets.
Don’t forget your camera to capture the breathtaking views of the Petit Foron Valley and the towering peaks of the Aravis, including Pointe Percée and the Bargy range. Descend through Col de l’Oulettaz, Monts Pelés, and Ferme du Planet.