Trail: Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval (Haut Giffre)

Continuing our exploration of the trails of Haute-Savoie, we went to Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval last weekend. The 28 km loop we chose might not be the best one for running but the scenery was fantastic.

Anna with Pointe du Tuet in the background (© P. Gatta)
Anna with Pointe du Tuet in the background (© P. Gatta)

Sixt-Fer-√†-Cheval is a village of the upper Giffre valley which is famous for its natural amphitheater (“Cirque du Fer a Cheval“) and the hundred of waterfalls around.

Waterfalls coming from Grand Mont Ruan (© P. Gatta)
Waterfalls coming from Grand Mont Ruan (© P. Gatta)

We made a “figure eight” loop, starting at Chalets de Fr√©nalay: 28.5 km and +2,300 m / -2,300 m.

Map of our 28 km Trail (© P. Gatta)
Map of our 28 km Trail (© P. Gatta)

Trail description: start at Chalets de Frénalay (955 m), follow the trail Tours des Dents Blanches, pass Chalet du Boret.

Above Chalet du Boret (© A. Gatta)
Above Chalet du Boret (© A. Gatta)

Continue to Refuge Vogealle (hut).

Refuge Vogealle (© P. Gatta)
Refuge Vogealle (© P. Gatta)

Turn SW to the Col des Chambres (2,338 m), go down to Refuge de Folly (1,558 m) on a technical and rocky trail.

GRP Tours des Dents Blanches (© A. Gatta)
GRP Tours des Dents Blanches (© A. Gatta)

Go back up along the GRP Tours des Dents Blanches to the Combe aux Puaires (very rocky section), then down to Lake of Vogealle, back to Refuge Vogealle. Take left to the trail “Le Bout du Monde” and the dirt road back to the parking.

Lake of Vogealle (© P. Gatta)
Lake of Vogealle (© P. Gatta)

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