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5 Spring hikes around Morillon

As winter loosens its grip, Morillon 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 Grand Massif 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 Samoëns!

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The top spring hikes around Morillon

1. Morillon to Les Esserts

Distance: 5.6km
Duration: 2h 24m
Elevation gain: 401m

Explore this 5.6-km circular trail in the picturesque surroundings of Morillon, where nature unfolds in all its glory. With an elevation gain of 401m, this challenging route beckons adventurers seeking a fulfilling outdoor experience. The average duration of 2h 24m allows enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the scenic beauty at a comfortable pace.

While the trail is well-frequented by hiking enthusiasts, offering a vibrant atmosphere, there are opportune moments during quieter times of the day when you can revel in the tranquillity of the surroundings. March through October emerges as the ideal window to visit, allowing hikers to witness the changing hues of the landscape as the seasons unfold. Whether you crave the thrill of a challenging hike or yearn for moments of solitude amidst nature’s grandeur, Morillon’s circular trail offers a compelling blend of both, making it a must-visit destination for hikers.

A map of the route from Morillon to Les Esserts
© Mapbox © OpenStreetMap

2. Lacs aux Dames to Lac Bleu

Distance: 7.1km
Duration: 1.5h
Elevation gain: 24m

This family-friendly stroll takes you along the banks of the River Giffre, spanning from Samoëns to Morillon through a broad forest road. The Samoëns leisure centre, centred around two interconnected lakes with a waterfall, sets the stage for a beautiful excursion. This brief yet enjoyable walk offers picturesque views of the Haut Giffre mountains, prominently featuring the majestic Criou.

To reach the Lac Bleu de Morillon, traverse the wooden bridge near the refreshment bar between the lakes. Following the bridge, turn right and then left, immersing yourself in a mixed forest of spruce and beech. The journey continues along a wide path leading to the R’Biolle footbridge, a 17m span gracefully extending across the Giffre. Upon crossing the footbridge, the path veers right through L’Etelley woods, eventually arriving at Lac Bleu de Morillon.

Anticipate approximately 1.5 hours for the return walk, which covers flat terrain along a wide forest track. While traversing the leisure complexes in Samoëns and Morillon, please note that dogs are not allowed. The journey commences at the Lac aux Dames in Samoëns, offering a seamless and enjoyable trek with no notable difficulties. Covering a distance of 7.1km, this itinerary includes practically no elevation gain, ensuring a pleasant outing for families and nature enthusiasts alike. This route is open from early May.

A map of the route from Lacs aux Dames to Lac Bleu
Leaflet | © OpenStreetMap contributors, CC-BY-SA

3. La Croix des 7 Frères et le Lac de l’Arion

Distance: 12.1km
Duration: 5h 11m
Elevation gain: 877m

This fulfilling outdoor adventure takes you along the 12.1km out-and-back trail near Morillon. Known for its moderate challenge level, this trail takes an average of 5 hours and 11 minutes to complete.

Starting from Les Esserts, this hike provides multiple entry points, allowing you to set out on foot from the Les Esserts chairlift car park or the chairlift from Les Esserts. The route unfolds along the ridges of the massif, leading to the scenic Lac de l’Airon nestled at an elevation of 1500m. Take a moment to recharge at the Alpage de l’Airon before descending back to the Esserts car park.

Throughout the course, you’re treated to panoramic views, promising a visual feast of Haute-Savoie’s natural beauty and picturesque landscapes. With a length of 12.1km and an elevation gain of 877m, it beckons outdoor enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the captivating allure of Morillon’s scenic terrain.

A map of the route of La Croix des 7 Frères et le Lac de l’Arion
© Mapbox © OpenStreetMap

4. Giffre – Samoëns loop from Morillon

Distance: 11.8km
Duration: 3h 2m
Elevation gain: 53m

Embark on this intermediate hiking tour that demands a good level of fitness while catering to various skill levels. The 11.8km journey, with a modest 53m elevation gain, promises easily accessible paths, ensuring a versatile experience for hikers of all proficiency levels. Plus, the tour’s starting point is conveniently reachable via public transport for walkers without a car.

This engaging hiking experience, with a duration of 3 hours and 2 minutes, invites hikers to traverse scenic routes that strike a balance between challenge and accessibility. The moderate elevation gain, coupled with well-maintained paths, accommodates those with varying levels of hiking expertise, making it an inclusive venture for all.

Whether you seek a leisurely hike or a more invigorating challenge, this intermediate tour ensures a well-rounded outdoor experience that seamlessly integrates fitness, accessibility, and scenic exploration.

A map of the route of Giffre - Samoëns loop from Morillon
Maplibre | © komoot | Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

5. L’igloo loop from Visigny

Distance: 17.21km
Duration: 6h 8m
Elevation gain: 1043m

Designed for experts, this hiking tour spans a challenging distance of 17.21km with an elevation gain of 1043m. This excursion, requiring a high level of fitness, takes around 6 hours and 8 minutes to complete, promising a rigorous adventure for seasoned hikers.

Despite its expert classification, the tour boasts easily accessible paths, making it suitable for individuals with varying skill levels. Adding to its appeal, the starting point of this hike is conveniently reachable via public transport, facilitating a hassle-free initiation into the rugged terrain.

As you traverse the captivating landscape, you’re treated to breathtaking views and the vibrant display of wildflowers during the spring season. This tour stands out not only for its physical demands but also for the inclusive approach it takes, accommodating both seasoned hikers seeking a challenging endeavour and those with lesser experience looking to push their boundaries.

With a focus on both physical rigour and scenic beauty, this hike promises an immersive experience for those ready to conquer the challenges of the trail while revelling in the natural wonders that unfold along the way.

A map of the route of L'igloo loop from Visigny
Maplibre | © komoot | Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

The hikes around Morillon 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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