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Croix de Fer

Oratory

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Our Rating

Very Good

Croix de Fer literally translates to Iron Cross. It is a very large icon cross mounted on a rocky view point near the Tete de Balme summit and the Refuge Col de Balme right across the border in Switzerland. The cross has the year 1984 written on it which we assume is the year it was manufactured and mounted.


The Croix de Fer offers really great views in all directions. Towards the north it looks down into the Trient valley and beyond towards Martigny. To the west it looks out towards Loriaz and the Mont Buet summit. To the south it looks towards the Aiguillette des Posettes and into the Chamonix Valley.


The Croix de Fer is easiest reached in summer by using the Charamillon gondola from Le Tour followed by the Autannes chairlift. From there it is a short walk to the Refuge Col de Balme and from the refuge it is roughly 1.5km and 140 vertical meters up to reach the Croix de Fer. The cross sits on a rocky ridge and the trail is a bit technical with some large rocky steps. Its nothing too crazy but it should not be attempted with snow or in wet weather. 

Nearest town to this point of interest

Nearest Town

Le Tour

Altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

2343m

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Croix de Fer and Catogne Loop

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Our Rating

Good

Loop Trail:

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A fantastic little loop which uses the lifts from Le Tour to explore the view points around the Tete de Balme visiting the Croix de Fer and the Chalets de Catogne

Trail Length

Length

7.4km

When is the best time to go on this trail

When to Go

Start Jul - End Sep

How long does it take to hike this trail

Hiking Time

2.0 - 3.0 Hours

Elevation gain and loss for this trail

Elevation +

+391m / -391m

How old do kids have to be to go on this trail

Kids

12+ Years old

How long does it take to run this trail

Running Time

1.0 - 1.5 Hours

The technical difficulty level of this trail

Technical Difficulty

Difficult (4/5)

Are dogs allowed on this trail

Dogs

Dogs Allowed

Nearest Town to this Trail

Nearest Town

Chamonix

Tete de Balme

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Nearest Town

Above Average

Summit

Round top summit above Le Tour on the north-eastern end of the Chamonix Valley

Nearest town to this point of interest

Nearest Town

Le Tour

The altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

2321m

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Refuge Col de Balme

8

Nearest Town

Very Good

Refuge

Refuge located on the Col de Balme right on the border with Switzerland

Nearest town to this point of interest

Nearest Town

Le Tour

The altitude of this point of interest

Altitude

2203m

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Longitude:

6.9763

Latitude:

46.0366

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