Plaine Joux to Lac Vert
Elevation + / -
85m / 85m
Out and Back
When to go
End Apr - End Oct
1.0 - 2.0 Hours
1270m / 1355m
Very Nice (4/5)
40 - 60 Mins
This is a short trail which will take you from Plaine Joux to the very beautiful and popular Lac Vert. Plaine Joux is an outdoor activity hub located above Servoz which provides the starting point for a number of popular hikes and has a number of restaurants and a paraglide take-off area. It is a very popular destination during summer and worth a visit. This trail will take you from Plaine Joux to Lac Vert. One of the larger and prettier lakes in the vicinity of Chamonix. There is a trail near the edge of the lake that you can take to walk around the lake. There is also a snack bar near Lac Vert where you can enjoy a snack and a drink. Overall a nice, short and very family friendly trail.
Photos of this Trail
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Trail Directions & Safety Considerations
We recommend to keep your dog on a leash
When to Go
End Apr - End Oct
Risk Considerations & Difficulty Assessment
Plaine Joux lies at an altitude of 1350m. In winter it serves as a small ski area. The best time to do this trail would be from the end of April to October when there will be no snow or very little snow cover. The trail around the lake should only be done when there is no snow cover or it could potentially be dangerous. Lac Vert is clearly marked from the Plaine Joux parking and the trail is very easy to follow. There is also a paved road for cars between Plaine Joux and Lac Vert so you could even opt to just follow that. The trail itself is very easy. The loop around the lake has some rocks and bigger steps but could be skipped if you come across any parts that you are less comfortable with.
Trail Starting Point
The trail starts at Plaine Joux where you can park your car. The trail starts at the paved road heading east. There is a bus stop at Plaine Joux with bus lines heading there from Passy and Sallanches
From Plaine Joux you will immediately see the trail markers for Lac Vert and there is a paved road for cars going to the lake too. You cannot miss it.
Points of Interest for this Trail
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3D Map & GPS
Trail Route Map & GPS
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3D Map of this Trail
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