A return trip to mont Truc
Les Contamines-Montjoie

A return trip to mont Truc

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A wonderful mix of nature, forest, mountain pastures, and breathtaking views of the snowy peaks!
Most of the trail takes you through a forest. It will take you to a mountain pasture offering a 360° view of the surrounding mountains, from the Dômes de Miage to the Aiguille de Bionnassay!

3 points of interest

  • Fauna

    The Black Woodpecker

    It is the largest of the 8 woodpecker species found in France. Originally an exclusively mountain-dwelling species, it now can also be found in the valleys! The Black Woodpecker adapts equally well to deciduous and coniferous forests, as long as they are large enough and have large-diameter old trees and some dead wood left. It is easily recognised by its entirely black plumage enlivened by a bright red spot, limited to the nape on the females and more extensive on the males.
  • Fauna

    The Little Owl

    Have you heard of France's smallest nocturnal bird of prey? It's the Little Owl, a tiny mountain owl! It is an absolute symbol of the nature reserve, nesting in old coniferous woodland. Fortunately, it still considers the nature reserve as its habitat, thanks to good forest management. Successful attempts were made to safeguard its breeding grounds, as well as preserving the old trees where the little owl creates its nest, making use out of excavated cavities made by three-toed-woodpeckers, as well as preservation of clearings where it hunts mice, voles, titmice and passerines.
  • Fauna

    The Stoat or Short-tailed Weasel

    A rocket-like appearance... White in winter with a brown back or a beige belly in summer, with a black tail tip all year round... Can you guess who's playing hide and seek in the scree? It's the Stoat, a small, fast and powerful mustelid, a member of the Badger and Marten family. It doesn't actually play, but rather hunts voles, its favourite prey, thanks to its elongated shape, which allows it to slip into their burrows, where they think they're well protected...


From the La Frasse car park in Les Contamines-Montjoie, follow the forest track up to the junction. At the junction, turn left onto the forest track towards "Chalets du Truc". Leave the forest track and take the path on the right. Turn right and continue up the forest track. You will arrive at the "Chalets du Truc". To reach "Mont Truc", continue along the path. At the crossroads, turn left and follow the path up the slopes of Mont Truc. You arrive at Mont Truc. Return by the same route in the opposite direction.
  • Departure : Parking « la Frasse », Les Contamines-Montjoie
  • Arrival : Parking la Frasse, Les Contamines-Montjoie
  • Towns crossed : Les Contamines-Montjoie and Saint-Gervais-les-Bains

Altimetric profile

Sensitive areas

Along your trek, you will go through sensitive areas related to the presence of a specific species or environment. In these areas, an appropriate behaviour allows to contribute to their preservation. For detailed information, specific forms are accessible for each area.
Impacted practices:
Aerial, , Land, Vertical
Asters - Conservatoire d'espaces naturels de Haute-Savoie

Black grouse - winter

Impacted practices:
, Land
Sensitivity periods:
Asters - Conservatoire d'espaces naturels de Haute Savoie
Christelle BAKHACHE : 06 49 99 99 48


Always exercise caution and plan ahead when hiking. Asters, CEN 74 cannot be held responsible for any accident or incident that may occur on this trail.

Information desks


http://cen-haute-savoie.orgcontact@cen-haute-savoie.org04 50 58 09 28

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


Access and parking

Drive to the village of Les Contamines-Montjoie. In the centre of the village, take the "La Frasse" road on the left, which leads to the hamlet of La Frasse. Continue to the end of the road and park in the car park of the same name.

Parking :

Parking de la Frasse

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