Hiking near Geneva

Aug 8th, 2006, 07:45 PM
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Hiking near Geneva

I am planning to be in Geneva in late August for a business trip and would like to take a two day, one night trip out of town to go hiking. I am a moderately good hiker (4 - 7 mile trip with elevation change would be nice) Any suggestions?
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Aug 8th, 2006, 11:15 PM
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With the Jura Mts to the west of you and Chamonix and Mt Blanc to the south-east you shouldn't have trouble finding a nice hike.

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Aug 8th, 2006, 11:47 PM
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Or take the train down to Valais (about 1-1/2 hour from Geneva. There are lots of wonderful hikes there with nice little hotels and auberges. Some locales we like - Evolene, Mürren, Glacier du Trient...
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Aug 9th, 2006, 03:37 AM
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Hi ann_k,

I would go to Gstaad or Saanen, about two hours by train from Geneva.

This area has lush green rolling hills dotted with villages of brown-wood chalets. It's a very peaceful setting. There are a lot of hiking and biking trails -- here is a link to Gstaad's own pages for local hikes:

http://www.gstaad.ch/en/gs-sport/gs-...gs-hicking.htm

Here are links to my own pages (w/photos) of the area so you can get an idea of what it's like:

Gruyeres
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserR..._Fribourg.html

Saanen
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserR...wiss_Alps.html

Gstaad
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserR...wiss_Alps.html

If you decide to go to the Valais, I can recommend the sweet little town of Brig, which sits at a transportation junction and is surrounded by mountains. It has a nice, flowery old town and some nice shopping.

Have fun!

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Aug 9th, 2006, 04:41 AM
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On today's episode of the French mountain program, "Chroniques d'en haut", they focused on the hiking in the Jura around the Swiss border. A photographer has recently published a very nice coffee table book, Jura: montagne en partage

http://www.amazon.fr/gp/product/2880...781258?ie=UTF8
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Aug 9th, 2006, 04:42 AM
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Oops, try this:
http://tinyurl.com/njkkb
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Aug 9th, 2006, 05:02 AM
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Do yourself a really big favor and go to Lauterbrunnen Valley (take the train to Bern, change to a train to Interlaken and then switch again to Lauterbrunnen; sounds complicated but Swiss trains are a marvel of efficiency and the trip by train takes about three and half hours total travel time). Spectacular is the primary word I would use to describe Lauterbrunnen Valley.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lauterbrunnen


http://switzerland.isyours.com/e/gui...nenvalley.html
http://www.hurvitz.org/Photos/Switze...ley/index.html
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Aug 9th, 2006, 05:11 AM
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Second ideas from swandav2000 and BTilke about Gstaad/Saanen. Next to Saanen is Rougemont, which is a lovely Frenco-swiss village with charming buildings.
Good hiking base from Gstaad. Also not that far from Interlanken.
Postbus also has hiking ideas on its brochures.
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Aug 9th, 2006, 05:23 AM
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Easy one when you have less than 2 full days (1,5 days or even a day excursion is possible) is Take a train to Montreux, change to the cogwheel train to Rochers-de-Naye. The view is superbe and you can do easy walk at the top + alk down a bit to catch a train to go down all the way.

View at the top Berner Oberland mountains, namely Eiger, Mönch Jungfrau, etc. and much more.

Next easy one is as Harzer mentioned, take a bus (if you have time,, complicate but train is possible too)to Chamonix-Mont Blanc, France and take a cable car (actually two with a change) up to Le Brévent and start to hike. There are other possibilites in Chamonix. Mer de Glace, La Flègere-l'Indexe route, e.g.
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Aug 9th, 2006, 05:30 AM
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Actually, I was not one of the posters who recommended Gstaad/Saanen. But it does seem like a good idea.
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Aug 9th, 2006, 06:30 AM
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oops. Mistook your reference to "chroniques en'haut" as "Pays d'enhaut" (of Vaud).
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Aug 10th, 2006, 05:04 PM
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Thanks to all for the great suggestions! I am overwhelmed by the thoughtful advice and becoming very excited about this trip. I have decided to stay in Saanen and hike the surrounding area.
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