About a week or so ago I rode a route with Jamie from All Mountain Rental from Morzine up to Avoriaz, down to the Mossettes lift, down into Champery, up to the col de Coux and then down some of the most technical single track I’ve ever ridden in the Valley de la Manche.

The last part from the col back to Morzine was really spectacular. I didn’t have the soul stealer with me so it seemed like the ideal place to go back to for a walk to take a bit more time to take the scenery in and take some pictures.

 

We drove up the valley and parked up past the Nyon cable car so we could walk the route I’d ridden down. We stumbled on the wooded section which, on a bike, is on a par with the old Super Morzine run under the Super Morzine bubble. Super steep technical root garden down big muddy chutes. Look for this sign on the way down.

 

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From the wooded section we carried on up the road to the refuge at the Lac de Mine D’Or

 

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From the Lac it’s a short climb up a fire road to the start of the single track running up the valley, there’s a couple of different routes to the top, we chose to walk up the exposed grassy slope to get the most of the views.

 

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From the col itself you can make out the single track running up from Switzerland and Champery, the route we came from by bike.

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Sat right on the border. One leg in Switzerland one leg in France, mon dieu!

 

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On the way back down we chose to follow part of the GR5 route that runs from Belgium to Nice, the alpine part of the route is something we’d really like to do from start to finish.

 

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Final river crossing at the bottom before we re-joined the path back to the refuge at the Lac.

 

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Definately one of the better walks we’ve been on, lots to see, varied terrain and gaining the climbing split into sections rather than one big slog.
+ excellent walk, awesome views
– quite busy in parts
= One of the best half day walks we’ve been on 9/10

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