When I moved to Geneva in 2016, I started to hike a lot more. Up to today, there are a few hikes, which I already did a couple of times, because they are close by and easy. Additionally, you can do them within half a day - so even if I work in the morning, I sometimes manage to go for a hike. One of them is the Petit Montrond, another one Le Turet.
If you want to hike a tiny little bit longer you could try the Grand Montrond - a short and family-firendly hike for every season.
Requirements & Gear
Besides snowshoes, I would recommend to bring the typical things for a winter hike: headband/beanie, warm gloves, hiking sticks, warm clothes, first-aid-kit etc.
Since at the end of the trail you will find a little restaurant, you don't necessary need your own picnic, but of course feel free to bring for example a bottle of hot tea to warm up or some snacks (like for example cereal bars).
- 10,2km (round-trip)
- difficulty: easy to average
- refreshment stops/cabins: none on the trail, but a restaurant at the start/end point of the tour
- duration: approx. 4hrs
- starting (and end) point: Col de la Faucille
- route: Col de la Faucille - La Gelinotte - Grand Montrond - Le Crozat - La Gelinotte - Col de la Faucille
- suitable for every dog with a good condition
de la Faucille close to the french village Gex. There is a big parking lot, as there's a small ski resort here.
Follow the big forest street on the right side of the parking until you reach La Gelinotte. There will be a lot of signs guiding you u to the little mountain Grand Montrond, which is todays summit. I did this hike as a beautiful sunrise hike once - if you reach the summit at sunrise, the view is amazing: See how the sun wakes up above the alps! This is just awesome!
The summit itself can be very windy, so if you are planning on a breakfast here, I'd recommend to take your breakfast a bit below the top.because this mountain is usually very very windy!
The trail goes back on more or less the same route and if you need a second breakfast, you can stop by at the little restaurant on Col de la Faucille!