Col des Contrebandiers (and a hike higher)


This quiet forest climb starting from Lake Annecy is one of our favourite rides on perfect weather days.

Nice Views

The route starts at the big parking lot on the lake. It takes a couple of kilometres on bike lanes to leave the town, first climbing through the Engineer University.

The route soon turns onto a small, very quiet forestry road that winds up the back side of Mont Veyrier and Mont Baron. It’s a wonderful little road – possible on a road bike – but fairly bumpy up the top half.

Jelly Belly

While Doreen continued to Col des Contrebandiers, I took a quick detour to visit Col de Pre
Vernet (see map).

Col de Pre Vernet Col des Contrebandiers Above Col des Contrebandiers Time for a Nap Tricky Hike Me and Jelly

At Contrebandiers is a hiking trail-head. So we left our bikes and hiked up a steep trail to the old cable car platform. The views of the lake are amazing here — a perfect place for our picnic.

Nice Views

In the opposite direction plenty of big snow covered mountains including Mont Blanc:

Jelly, Jelly Belly, and Mont Blanc Poseur Charlatan

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