Petit Balcon Nord : Argentière - Les Bois
Difficulty : easyOne-way timing : 1h45Distance : 6kmStarting point altitude : 1280mHighest point : 1295mElevation gain : 124mElevation losses : 296mGPX Track : DownloadPoint of interest heritage - village
This footpath links Argentière to Chamonix on the North side at a heigh of around 200m above the valley.
From the centre of Argentiere, take the Chemin de la Moraine, cross under the
railway line and join the Chemin des Rambles. Take the path on the right leading
into the forest (cross country ski trail in winter) and cross the Arveyron, the river
coming down from the glacier. Carry on down the Chemin de la Glaciere and go
through the tunnel under the ski piste. Cross underneath the Lognan cable-car
and leave the forest for a little while above la Rosiere. You will pass the ruins of
the Maison Forte, one of the oldest houses in the valley. Cross under the ski tow
and leave the path going up to la Croix de Lognan to your left. The Petit Balcon
remains fairly low down, passing through the villages of les Chosalets and les
Grassonnets. The path goes up and down and takes you to the edge of the forest
and the Lavancher Plateau. Take the road up to the top of the village or better still, follow the Chemin de la Coutire which joins the road close to the last hotel. Carry on up the hill for 100 m to the point where two footpaths branch off: the first one goes down to Les Tines; take the second one on the left, which is a wide cross country ski track descending gently at first and cutting through the forest to the village of les Bois via the Cote du Piget.
More information at the Tourist Office, High Mountain Office and in our hiking guide.
Careful : Tracks conditions may change, let us remind you to be well-informed before going.
Recommended period *
From 15/05 to 31/10.
Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.
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