Passing through Tanay preserved site, and its lake, you'll climb to the summit offering a unique view point over Lac Léman and a panoramic view over the surrounding mountains.
A busy hiking trail with steep slopes but without any technical difficulty.
N.B. The calculated height difference is over estimated, it's actually closer to 1000 metres.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Parking available at the place called Le Flon's converted car-park at the top of Miex village. You can take Miex road from Vouvry, a commune located between Le Bouveret and Monthey.
(D) At the far end of the car-park, take the ‘‘chemin des chevriers’’ trail to the right heading towards Tanay (sometimes spelt Taney). Most of the time under forest cover, the trail heads upwards with a few bends sticking to an overall north-west direction. You'll come across a paved road which also leads up to Tanay. A bit further up, you'll find a road, take it to the left over a few metres leaving it at a turn and crossing over a small dip at the end of which you'll find the road again. Take the road to the left until you get to the pass which leads to Tanay.
(1) Stick to the road which heads slightly downhill with a beautiful view of Tanay Lake to the right-hand side. Once you reach the "heart" of the hamlet, you'll come across "Le Grammont" restaurant.
(2) Facing the restaurant, locate the beginning of a trail to the left leading to Grammont (sign). The trail passes behind the restaurant and winds up a series of turns through the forest. You'll come across a junction with an alpine track, take a hairpin turn to the right. Keep going through the forest coming out onto a pasture. The large trail keeps to a north-west direction towards Crosses chalet.
(3) Keep heading through pastures, on the large trail which winds up a steep slope. Reaching Crosses pass, at the foot of "la Petite Jumelle", you'll come across a distinctively shaped lime scale tower which is located to the west.
(4) Keep heading north along the relatively flat trail which loops around to the right heading through a steep passageway on the left called ‘‘Tombeau des Allemands"(German's Tomb). You'll come close to a long and narrow alpine chalet.
(5) Instead of approaching the chalet take a slight turn to the right along a trail heading up a steep, grassy rounded hilltop. The trail then takes a sharp turn left. Follow the south-east ridge line reaching the summit and its huge cross visible from afar.
(6) The trip back is the same way you came in on.
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 1.28 - alt. km 1.28 - Tanay site access pass
2 : km 2.08 - alt. km 2.08 - Lac de Tanay - Hamlet uphill from the lake
3 : km 3.56 - alt. km 3.56 - Crosses chalet
4 : km 4.74 - alt. km 4.74 - Crosses pass
5 : km 5.38 - alt. km 5.38 - Lac Léman - Edge of the last ridge
6 : km 6.01 - alt. km 6.01 - Grammont (le) - Summit
D/A : km 12.02 - alt. km 12.02
Allow for 3 hours hike to the summit, without stops.
"Alternative" -- To get to Tanay, you can also take the paved road which starts near the car park (D) which the trail meets up with (see above). Vehicle access being strictly regulated, the road is not busy at all. The slope is steep weather you take the road or the trail.
Hiking gear and shoes a must.
Water available at Tanay, there's also food and refreshments and the opportunity to stay overnight.
A map is necessary (at least the one attached to this description). A compass is always handy...
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In the summer, you can swim in Tanay Lake as long as you can handle the low temperature, not above 15°... The lake can also be the highlight of the hike in its own right, you can walk all along it and there are multiple ideal picnic spots (allow for 3/4 to an hour for the climb from the car park).
Le Grammont overlooks the Lac Léman by nearly 1800 metres: you can enjoy a unique view point over the lake and the Rhône's river mouth. On the other side, a vast panoramic view over the Chablais summits, les Dents du Midi, les Diablerets and a bit further, the Grand Combin Mountain (Valais Alps).
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