When visiting Morzine during the summer, many of our guests like to go hiking. Hiking is a great way to see the best views in the alps. Depending on where you go, you can have amazing views of Mont Blanc, Lake Geneva, Les Dents du Midi and lots of cows.
Getting out on the hiking trails is proven to have lots of mental and physical benefits. This is, as long as you don’t do anything silly. I have put together some hiking tips, to help you get the most out of the trails around Morzine.
Choose the right hiking route
There are a lot of hiking trails around Morzine, and some are more challenging than others, so you need to make sure you choose the right one. For example, hiking Roc D’Enfer will take you a few hours, using via Ferrata style chains to rappel down steep slopes. However, walking along the Parc de Deresche is very nice, but it is flat and will take less than an hour.
There are lots of phone apps you can use, but it is a good idea to take a map with you. Many of the routes are sign posted too. Therefore, everyone in the group needs to be familiarised with where you are going. Is the route a loop? Or do you have to come back the same way.
Pick up a Guide des Ballades from the tourist office. This has lots of suggested routes of varying difficulties, and tells you about anything you may need to look out for.
But in the meantime, have a look at the links below for some examples of walks and hikes from Morzine:
Have a look at the weather forecast
The weather in the mountains can change very quickly, so it is a good idea to check the weather forecast just before you leave. Hopefully it will be accurate enough to for you to dress appropriately and what to pack in your bag. Or it will help you decide if it worth just going to the pub instead.
Don’t go unprepared
Getting the ‘hanger’ a few hours hike away from the nearest source of food is not pleasant. So, always pack enough food for everyone in your group. Besides, having a nice lunch with an epic alpine view, is the best part of hiking. Likewise, take plenty of water. I usually take a hydration pack, depending on the length of our hike. On some routes from Morzine, you will see water troughs. The water from the spout is drinkable, so it is fine to refill your water bottle or hydration pack from them (not from the trough itself!).
Taking sun cream is a very good idea. When out hiking in the mountains, you can be without shade for a long time. Also, due to the unpredictable nature of alpine weather, you may want to take another layer, in the event of a storm.
Wear the proper shoes and socks>
Wearing decent hiking boots may seem obvious, but it has been known for people to go hiking in flip flops, which hurts. You don’t necessarily need big clunky boots, but light weight grippy shoes will be good for most hiking routes around Morzine.
Get the outfit
Cotton gets damp and stays damp for a long time, so try to wear clothes made from synthetic fabric. Proper technical fabrics help to regulate your temperature. They also dry out quickly, meaning you will be more comfortable and they also prevent chafing.
The extra layer that you pack for an emergency, should be beyond what you think you need. Ideally, it should be able to block wind too.
On a particularly long hike, don’t start powering up the mountain straight away. You really need to pick a pace that you are confident that you can keep up all day. This way, you won’t run out of energy too quickly. Also, you need to consider the fitness of the rest of the group. There is no point charging ahead if there is someone at the back doing their best to plod along behind you.
Leave nothing behind
There is no need to leave rubbish behind. We need to preserve the mountain trails, so if we follow the Leave Nothing Behind guidelines we won’t be upsetting any marmottes.
Ask for advice when you get here