The Hameau des Alpes Loop

Easy family friendly heritage walk - 1hr

The Hameau des Alpes loop is a lovely walk through the forest suited to all of the family. This short walk is a fun way to learn about the local heritage.

Route Statistics

  • Difficulty: Very Easy
  • Altitude: 1080m
  • Ascent: 30 minutes
  • Descent: 30 minutes
  • Elevation gain: 40m
  • Distance: 2km


The Hameau des Alpes loop starts by the ice rink at the bottom of the Beauregard and Patinoire lifts in La Clusaz. There is a small ‘pay and display’ car park by the ice rink. If this is full there are a number of other car parks in La Clusaz. Follow the signs in the village to find them. They are all within easy walking distance of the ice rink.

The Walk

The Hameau des Alpes is clearly signposted throughout the walk. Start this ambling stroll off by following the 4×4 track up the hill and turning left, making sure to keep your eyes up for the stunning view of l’Etale!

Follow the path below the chalets and apartments and past the fields. If you’re lucky the friendly horses will be in their field and they enjoy a pat on the nose! After the field follow the trail down into the dappled light of the forest.

Half way through the forest, not long after the small wooden bridge, you can drop down off the trail on a left hand fork to a small clearing by the river. This can make a lovely picnic spot though there are no benches or other facilities.

Shortly after the fork you will come out of the forest by the Hameau des Alpes itself. Make sure you leave enough time to have a look around this fantastic heritage site, newly renovated and filled with interactive exhibitions. Discover the art of making the celebrated local cheese ‘Reblochon’, follow La Clusaz’ journey through the ages and explore the ancient wood mill and bakery.

Once you have filled your boots with local heritage fun, you can either return the way you came follow the ‘Retour Village’ signs or you can follow the road to make it a loop. Follow the road for about 5 minutes until you come to the tunnel. Here take a left down to a stunning little section of path, with bridges over the river and picnic benches.  

From here follow the path along the river to find yourself back to the starting point by the ice rink.

Information points

The trail has a number of information points depicting scenes of a time gone by. Follow La Clusaz journey through the ages from a small farming village to world renowned ski resort as you stroll along.

Somewhere to quench your thirst

As mentioned above you can stop at the benches by the river if you have brought a picnic. If not there are a number bars and restaurants where you can watch thrill seekers hit the Big Air Bag on rubber ringos in the Champ Giguet just by the ice rink.

Other activities in the Champ Giguet

The Champ Giguet at the base of La Clusaz is home to a wealth of activities. Mostly aimed at the younger generations but also some fun for those big kids out there!

The ice rink is open during the summer months and is open to all ages. With ice garden sessions where the rink is filled with fun toys and tunnels for younger kids, this is a true family friendly rink.

The Base de Loisirs is a fantastic set up with bouncy castles, bumper boats and even a zip line! It’s an amazing sport to while away the hours and maybe tire out some of the more energetic kids!

And lastly the summer luge is an amazing fun roller coaster ride accessed by the Patinoire gondola. You ride this slide on a summer sledge, complete with brakes, as it snakes down the hill around bends and through tunnels! Fun for all of the family!

Where to stay

Lodge le Grizzy takes everything you want from a perfect mountain holiday and wraps it up in one stunning package. Only five minutes from the centre of La Clusaz it is ideally situated to make the most of what La Clusaz has to offer in the summer. To view all of our luxury properties visit OVO Network.

Place du Pré de Foire 139
La Clusaz 74220 Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes FR
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