Hiking The Petit Balcon Sud
The 8th most popular hiking trail in France.
Friday 8 July 2016 05:15 GMT
On the eastern side of the Chamonix valley near Argentiere, this route is a 6km doubletrack and narrow trail traversing the lower slopes running from the Brevent lift upper parking lot in Chamonix northeast into Les Tines.
This trail runs all the way from Argentiere to Chamonix on the south facing side of the valley. The trail is a walking track so the top section in Argentiere is very tough. The best option is to join the trail by the turn-off to the Grands Mtets cable car. Following along the right side of the river heading towards Chamonix the trail eventually drops down above the railway lines to Les Tines. Carry on towards Chamonix until meeting an intersection where you have two choices. Up a steep track on the right to the Petit Balcon Sud which carries on all the way to Le Brevent in Chamonix, or continue along by the riverside to Les Praz and then Chamonix. Take the high route for better riding and no traffic as the other trail meets the road in a few places. The Petit balcon Sud is very tough to hike in the opposite direction.
Overall, Petit Balcon Sud is the 8th most popular hiking trail of all 14 hikes in France. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Petit Balcon Sud including Chamonix, Petit Balcon Nord, Hikers Haute Route, Tour Du Mt Blanc, La Flegere and Les MottetsLognan.