Col des Contrebandiers (Smugglers Pass)By Will • Feb 27th, 2008 • Category: Climbs, Cycling
I’m an idiot. Last week I put SPD pedals on my hybrid. Today, I arrived in Annecy and forgot cycling shoes. Oh well, it was a little uncomfortable, but I just used my hiking shoes on the pedals.
The cliffs of Mont Veyrier overlook Lake Annecy and the nearby Town. Starting beside the Lake, this route goes up through a beautiful, quiet forest road up the mountain.
At the Col des Contrebandiers (smugglers pass), directly beside the sign is a hiking trail that goes up to the old Télépherique (Cable Car) platform and gives incredible views of the lake below – see photo above from the summer.
On the descent, I turned up another quiet road to Col de Pré Vernet. Near the col is another tiny, road (so steep i walked part way up and ALL the way down) that leads to further trails that were snow covered).
This route is possible by road bike but the last 3 kilometres are a pretty poor surface. Using a mountain bike allows further exploring near Pré Vernet