Whilst we spend our winter heading down mountains, we love to spend our summers hiking up them! There’s no shortage of well-signposted hikes in and around Morzine, ranging from gentle wanders to technical ascents.
Here are some of our favourites:
Lac de Montriond
This is one of our favourite spots in the area for a leisurely stroll. A natural glacial lake with clear, turquoise waters, the 3km path around makes for a perfect wander. It’s flat, there are numerous lakeside cafes and restaurants (perfect for an ice-cream pit stop) and of course if you’re in need of a cool-off from the summer heat, you can take a dip! The path at the far end of the lake leads up to the Ardent waterfall, which is well worth a view.
If it’s a gentle meander from Morzine town centre you’re looking for, head up the Chemin de Renard (Fox trail) which follows the Dereche river up to the Nyon Waterfall. If you’re seeking a bit more activity, the forest around the waterfall is home to an adventure park with zip lines and you can also canyon down the waterfall with a qualified guide. The riverside trail continues up to the farming hamlet of l’Erigne and there are also various walking and running trails leading through the forest if you want to venture a little further.
Morzine 3 Peaks
There are three high peaks overlooking Morzine – Pointe de Nyon (2019m), Pointe de Rechassaux (2172m) and Pointe de Nanteaux (2170m). Each of these is a challenging hike, with over 1000m of vertical gain, but they’re all well signposted and you’ll be rewarded with incredible views over the Morzine valley once you reach the summit!
Mont Ouzon (1880m)
Starting at the Col du Corbier and traversing through forest and alpine meadows to reach a rocky summit, this hike offers panoramic vistas of Mont Blanc and across Lac Leman into Switzerland. It’s under 3 hours round-trip which makes it one of our favourite evening hikes!
Roc d’Enfer (2244m)
This one’s certainly not for the faint hearted – it’s not called Hell’s Rock for nothing! The ascent is steep, involves exposed ridges and requires a technical scramble to reach the summit. The definition of an adventure-filled day!
Visit the Morzine Tourist Information Office for local hiking maps and further information on local walking routes. Remember that mountain weather is often changeable, so be sure to pack some extra layers on longer walks (along with the obligatory water and snacks!).
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