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Aiguillette des Posettes

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3.6 mile 5.8 kilometer point to point
59% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 2,460' 750 m
Descent: -771' -235 m
High: 7,158' 2,182 m
Low: 4,703' 1,433 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 17% (10°)
Max Grade: 52% (27°)

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Trail shared by Almonzo Wilder

An outstanding ridgeline run leading to a superb summit.

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Overview

This route includes a true summit, superlative views, and a very pleasant start in the larch forest. It is marked one-way, since the return options are many: other trails, down the lift (which will require a train or car shuttle), or make it an out and back.

Need to Know

The scenery is breathtaking, so plan a little extra time into your trip to take it all in.

Description

Head into the forest from the Tre le Champs carpark, switchbacking your way up and following signs for "Aiguillette via la crete". The trail is fairly rough and has some stairs, and with 2,500' vertical, you'll be glad to reach the summit and an enormous cairn at the top.

Enjoy the view of the entire Chamonix valley, and also the Swiss alps all the way to the Jungfrau region. From the summit either return the way you came or head down through the Col des Posettes to the top of the Vallorcine gondola. Descent via gondola will require a car shuttle or a run back over the Col des Montets to get back to the starting point.

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Aug 25, 2019
Atsuko Ohtake
slower / harder than it looks!! beautiful! I went on over the summit, down to the col and up to Col de Balme which is on the Swiss Border. Going down

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Mont Blanc from the Aguillette des Posettes
Aug 20, 2016 near Chamoni…, FR
Outstanding trail running on the Aguillette des Posettes
Aug 20, 2016 near Chamoni…, FR

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