Hiking matters #483: A return to Mont Saleve, the “Balcony” of Geneva

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AMSTERDAM – Almost two years after my first visit – on a rainy November 2013 day – I returned to Mont Saleve in France, just outside the border with Switzerland. Less than 30 minutes away from Geneva’s city centre, this mountain is the “balcony” of Geneva – offering great views of one of Europe’s most fabulous cities, and great trails for the ever-adventurous people of Switzerland. This time I was joined by my medical colleague, Dr. Harvy Liwanag.

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Referring to my previous account for instructions (see Hiking matters #377), we took Bus #8 and took the telepherique, planning just a quick hike around the plateau.

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We took followed the trail to Grande Gorge, where Iron Lady and I descended in what turned out to be an intense descent!

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This time, we were content to appreciate a rather-cloudy Geneva from the ridgeline en route to the “Les Treize Arbres”. Alternating with ridge views were nice trails with forest cover.

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We passed the fork to Grande Gorge, and went instead to the direction of the summit,¬†all the way to the L’Observatoire, then looped back in a much more quiet trail called Grange Passet, making our way back to the telepherique, then back to Geneva.

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It was a nice afternoon away from expensive Geneva – and a very light warm up to the next day’s hike with Leo Oracion (see Hiking matters #484)!

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