Cascade du Dard
Elevation + / -
284m / 284m
Out and Back
When to go
Mid Apr - End Oct
1.0 - 1.5 Hours
1038m / 1233m
30 - 45 Mins
4+ Years old
1 Snack Bar
This route starts near Chamonix Center at the Grepon Parking lot. From there its a pleasant 1.2 kilometer walk to the Cascade du Dard. The trail to the waterfall is not too steep and should be easy to achieve with children. Dogs are welcome too. The waterfall itself has a very nice setting with a viewing bridge right in front of it. The pool at the bottom of the waterfall can be reached from a little path on the right side of the bridge but there is a sign warning against flash flooding. On the side of the waterfall is the Buvette de la Cascade du Dard, a snack bar serving salads, pancakes, omelets and cheese fondue. All in all this little route is a fantastic little outing from Chamonix and fun for the whole family.
Photos of this Trail
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Trail Directions & Safety Considerations
4+ Years old
We recommend to keep your dog on a leash
When to Go
Mid Apr - End Oct
Risk Considerations & Difficulty Assessment
This route reaches an altitude of 1233m at the Cascade du Dard. The trail should be accessible from mid April to the end of October depending on how early and late the snow starts and ends. Navigation is easy with clear signs from the starting point to the waterfall and back. It's also a very short walk so turning back should not be a problem. Lastly, the trails are typical for the forest trails going up the first few hundreds of meters into the mountains on either side of the valley. There will be some rocks and some tree roots but nothing too crazy.
Trail Starting Point
You can start the trail at the Grepon Parking near Chamonix Sud. There are many ways to connect with the trail going up to the cascade including paths from Chamonix Sud and Les Pelerins.
From the Grepon Parking look for the signs next to the round about in front of the parking. There you will see the sign for Cascade Dard. The route the trail marker is suggesting will take you along the highway before you turn left into the forest. This is probably the fastest way and requires the least vertical gain. The route we are suggesting takes you up the new path that runs uphill parallel to the highway. This will add a bit of an extra climb as you will go up a bit and then down a bit before connecting with the path to Cascade du Dard. The adventage is that you will not be walking next to the highway. On the way back you will pass by the waterfall and cross the bridge and take the path on your left hand side which will then quickly meet up with the trail you used on the way up.
Points of Interest for this Trail
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Trail Route Map & GPS
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3D Map of this Trail
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