Best lake trails in France

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Explore the most popular lake trails in France with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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#1 - Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB)
Réserve naturelle nationale des Contamines-Montjoie
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Length: 102.5 mi • Est. Multi-day
The Tour du Mont Blanc or TMB is one of more well known routes in Europe and has segments in France, Italy, and Switzerland. This 11 day walk around Mont Blanc takes a clockwise route. There are plenty of accommodations along the route if you need to shorten or would like to extend any of the days of hiking. Usual start points are Les Houches in the Chamonix Valley or Les Contamines in the Montjoie Valley (in France), Courmayeur from the Italian side, and either Champex or a point near Martigny in Switzerland. The highest points on any variant of the trail are the Col des Fours in France and the Fenêtre d'Arpette in Switzerland, both at an altitude of 2,665 m (8,743 ft). While you probably won't get altitude sickness at those elevations, this route will prove challenging due to the numerous climbs. Weather can change quickly, and hikers should be experienced, prepared, and fit. For a list of segments, see: https://www.alltrails.com/lists/tour-du-mont-blanc--7Show more
#2 - GR20
Parc naturel régional de Corse
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Length: 105.5 mi • Est. Multi-day
The entire GR20 takes around 12 days to walk. It begins in Calenzana in the north and ends in Conca in the south. It can be done both ways. It is well marked with red and white markers. The best time to go is from late May / early June to late October. July and August tend to see the most people on the trails. There are shelters along the way. You can pay to stay at a shelter, but you can also pay a fee to camp at a campsite if you brought a tent. Camping along the GR20 is prohibited except on a refuge site. If you are doing the entire hike, plan to stay at multiple huts during your trip. They also cook and sell food. The best place to stock up on supplies is Vizzanova; however, you can also buy them at Asco Stagnu, Castel di Vergio and Bavella. Make sure to bring a filter or drops as it's a long trail. No problems with the water supply have been reported, but do not hesitate to contact the residents of the shelters for more information.Show more
#3 - GR65: Way of Saint James / Via Podiensis / Way of Le Puy
Le Puy-en-Velay, Haute-Loire, France
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Length: 476.7 mi • Est. Multi-day
The Way of Saint James (Chemin de Saint Jacques in French) is one of the segments of the pilgrimage eventually leading to Santiago de Compostela. This route begins in the meadows of the Massif Central, enters the Lot valley, crosses the Tarn and Adour, continues in Gascogne then in the Basque village of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port before continuing in Spain. Do not hesitate to visit our Spanish page, here: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/list/camino-de-santiago-francesShow more
#4 - Lac de Schiessrothried and Le Hohneck
Parc naturel régional des Ballons des Vosges
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 4 h 25 m
Beautiful hike in Les Vosges with great variation of terrain. It is strenuous at times with plenty of relaxing hiking in the middle. The first half is a quiet, single-track road with very little traffic. The second half is more travelled and includes a rest stop at the top of Hohneck Mountain, with a small cafe at the top. From the Gaschney parking to the lake is a slow descent through the forest (BLUE RECTANGLE); a good warmup. After the lake, the route begins to wind upwards (STILL BLUE RECTANGLE), with a combination of switchbacks and flat breaks. The varied terrain includes hiking across a rocky face (could be dangerous when wet), and some very narrow paths up and around the ridge, which includes steel footholds and handholds.Very fun, and beautiful hiking through the forest on a sunny day. A small clearing at a minipeak will allow you to view parts of the path you have taken, before another short climb up to l'Auberge. The trail becomes larger and more travelled. One last climb awaits (SENTIER DE NEVES), up the side of a treeless hill before a smooth up and down hike along the ridge, where views of the lake and valley below await. After traveling up and down for a while, you will reach a steep incline on route to the rest stop on Hohneck Summit. Take a break if you please before heading down the other side. At this point, you could go up and down the Petit Hohneck or take the route around the side (RED TRIANGLE), through the forest with some shade and beautiful flora. You will find yourself back at the parking soon enough!Show more
#5 - Lac Blanc, Lac Noir, Lac du Forlet, and Lac Vert
Réserve naturelle nationale du Tanet-Gazon du Faing
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Length: 10.5 mi • Est. 5 h 14 m
This hike of the four lakes is to do if you are in the region. It is a hike that offers varied landscapes and trails. Expect to cross paths covered with roots, to go through forest paths, to cross Gazon du Faing, to see Lac Noir, Lac Blanc and Lac des Truites. Best to do on a sunny day.Show more
#6 - Boucle des Étangs du Carlit - Mont Carli
Parc naturel régional des Pyrénées Catalanes
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Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 5 h 18 m
C'est une des régions les plus spectaculaires de toutes les Pyrénées. Cette randonnée vous mènera à la plus haute montagne de la région et explorera les nombreux lacs magnifiques qui l’entourent.Show more
#7 - GR10: Cauterets to Lac de l'Oule
Parc national des Pyrénées
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Length: 56.3 mi • Est. Multi-day
The hiking trail 10 (also called GR10) is one of the many trails of the GR (Grande randonnée Française) which crosses the chain of the Pyrenees, connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. During this part of the trail, your maximum altitude will be 2271m. On the way, you will have the opportunity to stop in cottages or hotels. Attention, plan to book in advance because in summer, it's quite busy. You can also stock up on water and food on the trail.Show more
#8 - Lac de Gaube via Pont d'Espagne
Parc national des Pyrénées
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Length: 5.0 mi • Est. 2 h 50 m
Très belle randonnée au coeur des Pyrénées. Ce sentier vous mènera au Lac de Gaube. Ce lac vous fera rêver avec ses eaux bleues et ses reflets du soleil. Ce sentier est praticable la plupart de l'année, mais attention il y a beaucoup de monde en été. Vous pouvez faire cette randonnée en hiver, même sous la neige, pour de superbes vues sur le lac. Veuillez cependant noter que le sentier peut être fermé quand la glace recouvre la première partie. Si la neige est épaisse la montée peut être difficile, donc à ne pas sous-estimer. Si le télésiège est en marche vous pouvez le prendre pour monter. À noter aussi que en hiver, il vous faudra sûrement des équipements spéciaux pour accéder au parking du pont d'Espagne puisque des fois la route d'accès est coupée. Vous pouvez vous renseigner sur les conditions d'accès dans le village de Cauterets.Show more
#9 - Pic du Midi de Bigorre and Lac d'Oncet
Parc national des Pyrénées
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Length: 8.7 mi • Est. 5 h 24 m
This hike starts at Col du Tourmalet. The start of the hike is easy. This first section will reach the lake and the hike is perfect for a family hike. However, the second stretch is more difficult. To reach the peak, you have to climb a fairly rocky path. However, the panoramic view upon arrival is a wonderful reward.Show more
#10 - Lac du Der-Chantecop
Sainte-Marie-du-Lac-Nuisement, Marne, France
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Length: 26.2 mi
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