When you need an easy run that still has all the Chamonix goodness

→ 10km

↑ 800m

Δ 2005M 

♦ Easy


Starting from Argentière, you're in for some of the smoothest running in the valley when you hit the Petit Balcon Nord. As this is Chamonix valley the vert is inevitable, but at least this one starts out with warm up grade singletrack. Then, once you are settled, it gets steep, but not too steep, and not for too long.

The climb is short and you're soon traversing a rocky balcony to reach Pèclerey. From here, you're in for a treat of a downhill, banking along forest trails. If you're lucky, you might only share the shady forest with birds.

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GPX Track
Start: 45.98174, 6.92659
Town:  Chamonix
Department:  Haute-Savoie
Country:  France

  • This is a route to enjoy for the forest running, but the view from the traverse isn't so bad either. Save it for less than ideal weather, when you need a "rest" day, or just want a quick trail fix.

  • If you want more vert, look for the faint trail just passed the Alpage de Péclerey leading up to Bec de Lachat. It's a super steep up and back that your knees are sure to regret.

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Some days you'd rather run than make the 1000m+ climbs


It's Chamonix, so of course there's some up


Pèclerey, affordable accommodations for dirtbag runners!


Forest solitude and some flowing downhill trails

Comments 2

  1. This hike was incredible. This was our first hike in Chamonix, and since this was labeled “easy”, we wanted to give it a try.
    We now realize how elite the trails in this region are. For this trail to be labeled easy, for us was laughable. We are so tired after this one! Haha it ended up being closer to 8 miles, 12.6km, and the initial vert was nasty.
    Parts of the trail were completely washed out, tops of the mountain still covered in snow (we hiked early June) , and we saw a helicopter rescue of a biker who dislocated his elbow! Wild day.
    We purchased the GPS track and it was 100% worth it. I’m not sure if we went the opposite way that was recommended. Our initial trek up the mountain was pretty brutal with not much of a view, and the back half was incredible. 100% would recommend for a great day in Chamonix.

    1. Super cool to see you enjoyed this one, better yet, that you don’t hate us.
      Welcome to the Alps! 😁
      I bet the snow made things worse, and interesting to hear the trail got damaged. It’s been a rough winter and spring for hillsides!
      Now, what’s next?

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