Route from Les Gets to Samoens
Its called the La Bourgeoise after the Hill behind the Joux Plane
This descent is a classic, particularly when you catch it bone dry and it can be done fast. Ride the top ridge line, open single trail first then steeper tree root sections. Clip the first two road bends, jump off the wooden barrier on the second, cross the road on the third and descend to Cessonex on the Joux Plane road. Pedal up the road for a couple of bends through Le Tour and at the next junction turn right and use the La Rosiere road to get to Chantermerle. Takes about 20 mins. From just above Chantermerle head up a track on the right for about 100m, this brings you to the top of the Les Suets trail (marked MTB #61). This is wicked. A tight contouring singletrack at first, past some house sized white boulders, then fast switchbacks all the way into Samoens. Takes you out just above Bar Aspen.Posted 5 years agoSammyCMember
Amazing! Many many thanks!
So, just to be sure I’m looking at the correct thing, it starts just by the Lac de Joux Plane (just under the 1691 height marker on that IGN map), follows the purple line down as you’ve described?
So, the only thing I need to do is get to the lac from top of the main runs in Les Gets?Posted 5 years agoChrisEMember
Did some of this on our GR5 crossing last summer.
Samoens maps are here
(edit) sorry that’s the other side of the valley. Will find the right side in a mo!
CPosted 5 years ago
We rode this yesterday and it was the highlight of our 5 days in PDS, second being Col de Coux/Arrete Berrois (thanks to @Ambrose and others on another thread). Stunning views and riding. We are guessing around 1100m descent.
@freeride, very good your tip to ride up the road, took me a few mins research to get the joke 😳 we booked a taxi pickup to return to Morzine although it may be possible to get a local Samoens company to drive you back to top of Col where you can ride back to LG/Morzine.
We made a small tactical error in deciding to ride / push up an extra 250m to high lift above Joux Plane only to find a very sketchy carry all the way down. Road from top of LG definitely the way to go. Short link to Borgouise very rutted from cattle. IGN map was essential and turn off track at Chantermele wasn’t marked and lower VTT route sign had no number. Printed directions from here plus map worked well. ThanksPosted 5 years ago
@freeride, from the book the more technical riding in Chamonix would suit me fine but the exposure stuff is a real issue (even Arete Berrois/Ranfoilly/small part of Samoens). I’m pretty sure I’ll give it a go but only with some clear advice on suitable trails and probably with a guide. Hopefully Trail Addiction Destination-X will be OK as I’m off there in August.Posted 5 years ago
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