The route around the lake is a long hike but on good roads. Saint-Point-Lac is the third-largest natural lake in France. The path will take you along and close to the lake but also rises up a little and leads away from it at times for better views.
This trail is littered with signs to better understand your environment.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
From the parking area between the two lakes. Follow the small trail from the car park and through a wetland sparsely populated by small trees. We quickly come to a well-marked, proper hiking trail that we follow in its entirety. This path runs along the road.
(1) Pass by the hostel and continue on the same path with a barrier between you and the road. Once you are below it continue for a good kilometre before reaching and taking a small road down to the lake.
(2) Turn right into the lane and start heading along the lake. At Malbuisson beack, head back up a little to reach an area overlooking the pool, and continue on the marked path. You will pass next to the sailing centre, continue to walk along a good length the lake before you head away from it a little bit and return to it again. You arrive in the cove of Chaon.
(3) At the end of the lake you will take the walkway that allows you to gain a little height to get a better view of the protected natural habitat. Continue on the path that leads you to Port Titi.
(4) Cross the road and take the path through the forest.
(5) When the path heads out of the forest, continue for a few hundred metres before turning left at the Virgin Mary. This small road joins Les Grangettes. Go through this village by first turning left and then right immediately after.
(6) Just outside the village, leave the main road to go right to some houses and then turn left into the lane. This way you will overlook the road and the lake.
(7) Arrive in Saint-Point-Lac, turn right at the cheese factory, go alongside the church and the cemetery, turn left and then right and head uphill a little. Continue straight at the intersection, still following the signs. The small road gives you a viewpoint, then continue in the same direction.
(8) Leave the road onto a small path on your right; it will take you back to the intersection before the bridge between the two lakes. Cross it to return to the starting point.
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - Doubs (rivière)
1 : mi 0.22 - alt. mi 0.22
2 : mi 1.33 - alt. mi 1.33 - Lac Saint Point
3 : mi 5.94 - alt. mi 5.94 - Footbridge
4 : mi 6.25 - alt. mi 6.25
5 : mi 6.92 - alt. mi 6.92
6 : mi 7.93 - alt. mi 7.93
7 : mi 9 - alt. mi 9
8 : mi 10.27 - alt. mi 10.27
D/A : mi 11.53 - alt. mi 11.53
It is possible to start from another car park near the route described. For example the Chaon beach, Saint-Point-Lac from the end of the lake or the Grangettes...
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