The ridges of the Épine Mountain

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This walk combines nature and history, offering superb views over Lake Aiguebelette and allowing you to learn more about the Roman and Sardinian eras... Don't forget your camera!
This fairly easy walk is a superb opportunity to let your gaze wander and take in the magnificent scenery: first the Chambéry Valley nestling between Lake Bourget and the Bauges and Chartreuse Massifs, then once you reach the crests the emerald waters of Lake Aiguebelette will reveal themselves below. The views are particularly impressive when you arrive above the hamlet of Les Michetons, at the Col du Crucifix, then at the Col Saint Michel and during the crossing between the two passes. If you choose to take the alternative route, be sure to stop for a moment at the François I caves. The King of France took the Sardinian road on his way to Chambéry to honour the Holy Shroud, then kept by the Dukes of Savoy in the Sainte Chapelle of the castle. On the way back, caught in a violent storm, he was forced to stay in the caves, which were named after him.


Free of charge.



Route GPX track

Parking de l'Église, 73160, Saint-Sulpice
All year round. Can be done when there is no snow and depending on the weather conditions. Check with the Tourist Information Centre beforehand for current conditions. Subject to favorable weather.