Le Semnoz is the huge mountain on the west side of Lake Annecy. I have climbed it many times from the South side via St Eustache and Col des Leschaux, but today was the first time using the direct route from Annecy – starting near the hospital.
It’s a beautiful route through forested roads up to a tiny ski station. 18 kilometres and over 1200 metres (4000 feet) of ascent means this is a fairly big climb. It can be steep in parts and the last 7 kms average about 9%. Up top, on a clear day are good views of the Lake as well as Mont Blanc and other alps.
Below: You can see the lake in the bottom left and the white peaks of Mont Blanc in the background (my photos rarely do these views justice).