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7 Spring hikes around Les Gets

As winter loosens its grip, Les Gets emerges from its chilly slumber, offering a fresh perspective for outdoor enthusiasts. In this post, we’ll guide you through a curated selection of 7 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 Portes du Soleil 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 Les Gets!

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The top spring hikes around Les Gets

1. The Clarines Loop

Distance: 5.7km
Duration: 2h
Elevation gain: 190m

This short, family-friendly walk is accessible via the Mont-Chéry cable car, and snakes along the heights of Les Gets. You’ll be treated to the magical panoramic view of Mont Blanc, whose silhouette is particularly majestic against the spring sky.

At an altitude of over 1,500m, you can look down over the valley and soak up the beauty of the Alpine landscape. A few lonely hamlets, which are only a stone’s throw from the resort, will make you feel like you’re a thousand miles from civilisation.

Remember that your trusty canine companions can keep you company on these trails.

A map of the route of La Boucle des Clarines
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2. The Grand Chavannes Circuit

Distance: 12km
Duration: 4h 30m
Elevation gain: 720m

The starting point for this route is the hamlet of Les Puthays, accessible from the resort via the La Turche ski lift. Take the time to wander through its timeless streets before setting off to discover the Chavannes plateau.

This hike takes just over half a day but is not particularly difficult. You’ll discover the Morzine valley, surrounded by the mountains of the Savoyard Chablais region. There are several perfect spots along the way for a leisurely picnic, with views of the summit of Mont Blanc.

A map of the route of Le Grand Tour des Chavannes
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3. Les Crêtes de la Rosta

Distance: 9.4km
Duration: 2h 50m
Elevation gain: 220m

On this tour, ideal for beginners, you’ll experience the charms of a ski resort outside ski season. You’ll cross slopes and forest paths devoid of snow, with chairlifts overhead.
This is certainly not the wilderness, and marmots are a rare sight. But it’s a great opportunity to get a bit of exercise and take a deep breath of Alpine air.

The departure point is at Les Chavannes or, to save you the climb, at the arrival point of the express chairlift, at an altitude of 1,615m.
Halfway up, Mont Blanc stands out against the azure backdrop.

You’ll then head straight back down to the resort, where a hot chocolate awaits you, before returning to the comfort of your OVO Network chalet.

A map of the route of Les Crêtes de la Rosta
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4. Le circuit des chèvres (The goat trail)

Distance: 4.5km
Duration: 1h 30m
Elevation gain: 40m

In Les Gets, spring is a great time to get some fresh air. Sometimes all you have to do is hop in a cable car and take the trails that crisscross the mountain to discover its hidden gems.

That’s the idea behind this short, pleasant walk, which begins at the arrival point of the Mont-Chéry chairlift, before descending gently back down to the resort. The route is well signposted and marked out with wooden statues – a bit of fun for the children. The trail is also pet-friendly.

A map of the route of Le Circuit des chèvres
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5. Le sentier des tétards (The tadpole trail)

Distance: 2.9km
Duration: 1h
Elevation gain: 80m

While the goat trail takes you winding through the mountains, the tadpole trail takes you to the edge of a lake.

Although the official starting point is at the end of the Chavannes cable car, there’s nothing to stop you from making the ascent on foot. A picnic on the shore of this artificial lake, nestled on the edge of an Alpine forest, will be all the more relaxing!

If you’d like to extend the excursion, there are footpaths leading to Les Nauchets and Lac de la Renardière. You can then return to Les Gets via the La Turche ski lift.

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6. Le sentier mauve (The purple trail)

Distance: 1.3km
Duration: 30m – 1h
Elevation gain: 80m

This trail, which starts at the Vieux Chêne ski lift, has been created as an introduction to Alpine nature. Children and adults alike can learn more about the fauna surrounding them during their stay thanks to life-size models of mountain animals. 

A leisure area, including a ranch and restaurant, is built around the Lac des Écoles, a good place to round off a family outing.

The path is easy to access directly from the centre of the resort, and dogs are welcome. However, it is advisable to keep them on a lead.

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7. Les Bois de la Turche

Distance: 4.9km
Duration: 2h 30m
Elevation gain: 340m

This short loop starts and finishes in the hamlet of Les Puthays, just beside the Turche ski lift.
From here, a mainly wooded route, with a few sections on open slopes, offers a stunning panoramic view of the peaks of the Arve Valley.

On the way, we strongly advise you to keep the noise to a minimum and keep your eyes peeled. You may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of some elusive Alpine wildlife, which reappears when the snow has melted.

A map of the route of Les Bois de la Turche
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The hikes around Les Gets 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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