The Cascade du Chapeau is a waterfall located right next to the Le Chapeau Buvette at the foot of the Mer de Glace glacier. The water from the waterfall comes from the Torrent du Chapeau which meets the Arveyron river near the Source de l'Arveyron a bit lower down in the valley at the mouth of the Arveyron river where it is formed below the Mer de Glace river. We got a nice trail nearby for a visit to the Source de l'Arveyron which is located lower down closer to the valley floor.
You pass the Cascade du Chapeau on your way to the Chapeau snack bar. We got wonderful, family friendly trail that starts in the hamlet of Le Lavancher and visits the cascade, the buvette and moves on to the nearby view point for the Mer de Glace.
There are warning signs around the waterfall not to stay in that area or approach the waterfall. There is frequent rockfall in the area and as such you should not get of the trail and aim to approach the waterfall for a closer look. From the Chapeau snack bar you can have a bit of a closer look but much of the waterfall is covered by rock from that angle.
Linked Trails & Points of Interest
These are the trails and points of interests linked to this waterfall.
A nice loop starting at Lavancher, climbing up to the Chalets de la Pendant and back via de Tete des Prapators and the Buvette du Chapeau
When to Go
Start Jun - Mid Oct
3.0 - 5.0 Hours
+806m / -806m
12+ Years old
1.5 - 2.0 Hours
Out and Back Trail:
A short but very worthwhile little trail with nice views of the Rochers des Mottets. The trail ends at the Le Chapeau Buvette where you can enjoy a variety of snacks and drinks
When to Go
End Apr - Mid Oct
45 - 75 Mins
+303m / -303m
4+ Years old
25 - 45 Mins
Very Easy (1/5)
Location & Map
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