Col des Annes to the Refuge Gramusset and back via Col de Borne Ronde

A circular walk to the Gramusset Refuge through great limestone scenery.

Technical sheet
A Le Grand-Bornand walk posted on 02/09/18 by Alwayswiththehills. Update : 11/02/19
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h05[?]
Distance Distance : 8.9km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 633m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 633m
Highest point Highest point : 2161m
Lowest point Lowest point : 1596m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Alps, Aravis et Bornes
Location Location : Le Grand-Bornand (74450)
Starting point Starting point : N 45.970006° / E 6.524367°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3430ETR
Download :
Pointe Percee and Pointe des Verts; Col desVerts in the middle Waterworn Limestone Slabs Pointe Percee

Description

(D/A) From the car-park at Col des Annes take the broad track leading up to the Tete des Annes and along the ridge past Pointe des Delevrets.

(1) The descent to Col de l'Oulettaz is a little steep and narrow and has a chain to assist walkers. Take care if it is wet. From the Col de l'Oulettaz take the path through alpine pasture upwards and into interesting limestone territory to where the path splits

(2) Take the left hand path uphill via some zig-zags to the Refuge Gramusset, again passing past huge sheets of water worn limestone and with Pointe Percee towering above.

(3) The refuge is a good place to have lunch. Retrace your steps and head back downhill to the junction in the path.

(4) Take the left hand turn down hill to the farm at le Planet, there is another short steep section just before the farm where you will need to take care.

(5) Cross the bridge and take the good track contouring the hillside and into the forest. The track climbs steadily to a junction with another track.

(6) Keep right and ascend steadily uphill crossing a couple of streams and then on to the Col de Borne Ronde.

(7) Follow the main road on your right. (not the small path which is also on your right). From the Col de Borne Ronde take the track downhill on your right and through pastures until there is a marked path on the right which leads over the pasture and back the Col des Annes.

(8) Take the path on your right, which leads you back to the car park.

(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Col des Annes car park
1 : km 1.95 - alt. km 1.95
2 : km 2.83 - alt. km 2.83
3 : km 3.41 - alt. km 3.41 - Refuge Gramusset
4 : km 3.98 - alt. km 3.98
5 : km 5.82 - alt. km 5.82
6 : km 6.62 - alt. km 6.62
7 : km 7.46 - alt. km 7.46
8 : km 8.57 - alt. km 8.57
D/A : km 8.9 - alt. km 8.9

Useful Information

A nice walk, well marked and through interesting scenery. Good footwear is advised and there are two places where the path is steep and care needs to be taken.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 3430ETR.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

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From the Gramusset Refuge you can extend the walk up to the Col des Verts.

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