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7 Spring hikes around Le Grand Bornand

As winter loosens its grip, Le Grand Bornand 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 Le Grand Bornand!

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The top spring hikes around Le Grand Bornand

Two women take a chairlift and point to views in the distance
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1. Lac de la Cour – Chemin des Bouts

A map showing the route from  Lac de la Cour to Chemin des Bouts
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Distance: 4.7km
Elevation: 168m
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

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Distance: 11.1km
Elevation: 810m
Duration: 5h

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.”

A group of friends take photos as the sun sets on the mountains
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3. Malory Lake via les Bouts

A map of the route of Malory Lake via les Bouts
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Distance: 9.3km
Elevation: 420m
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

Map of the route from Chalets de Mayse - Col de Forclaz - Lac de Lessy
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Distance: 12.2km
Elevation: 986m
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.

Two hikers stand on a mountain and point at the view
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5. Lac de Peyre – Col de Balafrasse – Pointe du Midi

Map of the route from Lac de Peyre - Col de Balafrasse - Pointe du Midi
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Distance: 8km
Elevation: 825m

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

Le Lachat - Lac de la Cour - Samance route map
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Distance: 8.9km
Elevation: 262m

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.

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7. Les Troncs – Tête des Annes – Pointe des Delevrets

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Distance: 10.6km
Elevation: 840m

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.

A person stands on a mountain silhouetted against a pink sky
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The hikes around Le Grand Bornand are particularly beautiful in spring, whether you’re travelling alone or in a group, as a couple or a family, from the most sedate to those who love a challenge.

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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