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French Alps & Massif Central

My most beautiful hikes

630km hiked, 46 000m of elevation gain: the recipe of my most beautiful hikes in the French Alps and the Massif Central.


With shoes or snowshoes, simple stroll or long hike; you will find below a selection of the hikes that have inspired me the most (lakes, summits, panoramas…). For each of them, you will find a description based on my experiences and feelings as well as a direct link to the rundown on a specific website. Thus, you will be able to learn more about the itinerary but also download the map or the path in .gpx format to enjoy it on your phone or GPS watch.

Note for the section “the most beautiful snowshoe hikes”: be sure to check the snow and avalanche bulletins (BRA Météo France, outil YETI Camptocamp) and to be equiped accordingly (avalanche transceiver, snow probe, etc.) before embarking on a winter route.

The selection is displayed as a slider. Although the site is accessible on mobile, I recommend using a computer or a tablet for a better user experience. The slider stops automatically when you hover over an element.

The pictures used below are not free of rights. If you want a print, you can find them directly on my Etsy store.

Click on the quick links below to access my hike selections:

↟ The most beautiful hikes ↟

↟ The most beautiful lakes ↟

↟ The most accessible hikes ↟

↟ The most beautiful snowshoe hikes ↟


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