OK, I admit it: I am obsessed with a hairpin.
It’s become an annual tradition to stop a few kilometres below Col de la Croix Fry and take a photo. There is a set of recycling bins at the hairpin that make a perfect platform for my little tripod, and the views of L’Etale are always inspiring.
This favourite hairpin over the years:
It was a beautiful sunny day, and after cycling up Col de la Croix Fry, I descended back to my favourite hairpin and took a few photos.
This was a short loop. A couple of other ideas: 1. A 77 km loop including Croix Fry, Col des Aravis and Col du Marais and 2. The west side of Plan Bois, then Croix Fry, and Col de Merdassier
From Manigod, I turned off the main road and descended down to climb the great, but not-well-known, Col de Plan Bois. It was the first time climbing the east side. It’s less than five kilometres long, but at times very, very steep. It’s a scenic, very quiet climb.
The tougher west side is a superb “long-cut” for heading up Croix Fry – but note – unlike the higher Col de la Croix Fry, the top stretch linking the two sides of Plan Bois is closed in winter (making a fun adventure possible).
Col de Plan Bois was the site of my Christmas Card a few years back: