Mont Veyrier and Mont Baron
A great classic of the Massif des Bornes, Mont Veyrier is a summit that never ceases to impress walkers who come to walk on its slopes. Overlooking the village of Veyrier-du-Lac, Mont Veyrier is a magnificent belvedere on Lake Annecy, the Semnoz, as well as the peaks of the Aravis and Bauges Massif.
The hike that I propose here describes a circuit that reaches, first, the Mont Veyrier from the Pré Vernet and continues towards the Mont Baron, and then, in a second time, goes down towards the Creux du Loup and the Pré Vernet. The route has no particular difficulties. The descent from Mont Baron is quite steep and can be tricky in the following days of rain on the passages intertwining roots and rocks worn by erosion. I would also like to point out that the trail is exposed in certain places; be careful before taking pictures and keep an eye on your children. Walkers who wish to reach Mont Veyrier from the south-east can consult the route from Mont Baron via the Col des Contrebandiers.
- Difficulty: Intermediate
- Altitude: 1,291 m at the Mont Veyrier, 1,299 m at the Mont Baron
- Ascent: 1 hour 30 min
- Descent: 0 hour 55 min
- Elevation Gain: 540 meters
- Round-trip: 5.1 km
- Map: IGN 3431 OT
From Annecy, follow the direction of Thônes then the Parc des Glaisins. At the roundabout at the exit of the express road, reach and cross Sur les Bois before going up on the left on the Rue du Grand Essert. Then take the first right towards the Col des Contrebandiers. Follow the road and, at an intersection indicating the entrance to the Mont Veyrier forest site, turn right to go towards Pré Vernet and Mont Veyrier. Park on the Pré Vernet car park at the end of the road.
GPS Coordinates (WGS 84) of the Starting Point: 45.908321, 6.172575
From the Pré Vernet car park, take the path on the right towards Mont Veyrier and Mont Baron via the Col des Sauts. One will notice on the right a spruce tree with remarkable growths to say the least; baptised “Monument of the twentieth century” by an anonymous, the very suggestive form of the trunk is indeed regularly observed in trees prone to attacks such as insect bites or the presence of obstacles (stones, ancient stumps, etc.). In this way, the tree can hide the pathogen1. The path rises fairly quickly in the forest by more or less tight switchbacks. The course is marked by red and yellow stripes as well as red dots on the stones and trees. After several minutes of climbing, one reaches a first point of view with a bench offering a splendid perspective on Annecy and its lake. Further on, the trail reaches the Col des Sauts where one can contemplate the splendid panorama over Lake Annecy, the Semnoz and the Tournette and the Bauges peaks. From there, follow the direction of Mont Veyrier as indicated by the sign. The path continues to meander through the forest, then flattens somewhat. Later, the Sentier des Crêtes leads to an impressive balcony where one can only admire, once again, the beauty of Lake Annecy below. After about an hour and a half of effort, Mount Baron is reached.
From Mont Baron, take the direction of Pré Vernet by Le Creux du Loup. The descent is well signposted, as yellow arrows indicate the descent to the Pré Vernet car park.
Photos of Mont Veyrier and Mont Baron
- Rougier, Henri. Arbres remarquables de Haute-Savoie: Du Mont-Blanc au Léman. Pontarlier : Editions du Belvédère, 2016, p.66 ↵
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