A return trip to mont Truc
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A return trip to mont Truc
Les Contamines Montjoie

A return trip to mont Truc

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A large breath of nature with forests, a beautiful mountain pasture and a breathtaking view of the snow-capped peaks!
This itinerary takes you mostly through a woodland atmosphere. It will lead you to an alpine pasture offering a 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains, from Dômes de Miage to Aiguille de Bionnassay!

4 points of interest
Fauna

The Black Woodpecker

It is a cave species, which means that it digs cavities in trees in order to install its nest and deposit its eggs! These cavities are called "lodges".
These lodges are often reused by other species, which are then called "host species", which can be birds, such as small mountain owls (Little Owl or Tengmalm), or mammals, such as the Pine Marten, a mustelid, cousin of the Weasel.
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The Little Owl

Do you know the smallest nocturnal birds of prey in France? It's the Eurasian pygmy owl, a little mountain owl! It is an emblem of the nature reserve where it lives in particular in old coniferous forests. Its presence is linked to good forest management, preserving both its breeding areas (old trees where woodpeckers such as the Three-toed Woodpecker peck holes in which Pygmy Owls nest) and areas of forest clearings, where it can hunt mice, voles, tits and other passerines on which it feeds.
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The Three-toed Woodpecker

As its name suggests, it has only three toes on each leg while the other woodpeckers have four toes!
It is however very agile in climbing trees, and is the nightmare of xylophagous insects, which feed on wood, and in particular the Spruce Bark Beetle, the main ingredient of its daily menu!
Be discreet, its drumming, a way of communicating by tapping its beak on the trunks or branches, is not very audible. The nature reserve is one of the few areas where this species is still present.
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The Stoat or Short-tailed Weasel

A spindle-shaped apparition... A plain white body during the winter or a brown back and beige belly in the summer, with the tip of its tail black all year round... Guess who is playing hide-and-seek in the scree?

It is the Stoat, a small, fast and powerful mustelid, from the same family as Badgers and Martens. It actually doesn’t play but it hunts Voles, its favorite prey, thanks to its slender body which allows it to slip into the voles underground tunnels, where this prey unfortunately feels save.
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Description

From the car park, go up the forest track to the intersection.
  1. At the intersection, turn left on the forest track to "Chalets du Truc".
  2. Leave the forest track and take the path on your right.
  3. Turn right and continue on the up going forest track.
  4. You have arrived at "mont Truc". 
The way back follows the same path in the opposite direction.
Departure : Parking « la Frasse », Les Contamines-Montjoie
Arrival : Parking la Frasse, Les Contamines-Montjoie
Towns crossed : Les Contamines Montjoie, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains

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Recommandations

Always be careful and plan ahead when hiking. Asters, CEN 74 can not be held responsible for the occurrence of an accident or any inconvenience on this itinerary.

Information desks

Chef-lieu, 74170 LES CONTAMINES MONTJOIE

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contact@cen-haute-savoie.org

04 50 58 09 28

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18 Route de Notre Dame de la Gorge, 74170 Les Contamines-Montjoie

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0450470158

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Access and parking

Go to the village of Contamines-Montjoie. In the center of the village, take the road on the left to "La Frasse" which leads to the hamlet of La Frasse.
Continue to the end of the road and park at the parking lot of the same name.

Parking :

Parking de la Frasse

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