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mountain bike trail: Ilettes loop

From the Vieux Pont de St Martin to the Arpenaz waterfall along the Arve and passing by the Ilettes lakes, this path is equally accessible to pedestrians and mountain bikers. Very pleasant because it combines forests and waters.

Sport mountain bike trail: Ilettes loop Sallanches


Departing from Sallanches (74700)
Total elevation gain : 100m
Vertical drop : 100m
Distance : 10.8km
Signed walking trail

Go on a mountain bike ride in complete safety!

The duration of the route is approximate and does not include break times. The topo/step-by-step description allows you to orient yourself generally but does not replace a 1/25,000 mountain bike map or other topoguides that you can purchase in our tourist office!

In Sallanches, our Office of Guides & Leaders also offers a wide choice of outings accompanied by mountain professionals providing you with complete expertise on the environment and alpine nature. Ask at the tourist office to register.

Whatever your outing, check the weather before leaving. Remember to take cereal bars, sufficient water, sunglasses, sunscreen, a cap or hat, a small first aid kit, as well as clothing suitable for your outing in your backpack. depending on the season and the forecast weather.

Total elevation gain : 100m
Altitude max : 593m
Vertical drop : 100m

Difficult passages

passage through the forest towards the waterfall (slippery depending on the period), but which can be avoided by resuming along the road or the initial path.

Further informations

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    Leisure center of Ilettes fully equipped for a nice stop at the water's edge after this pleasant stroll.

    Departure: St Martin car park
    1. to the right of the car park, take the path which leads you to the Old Bridge of St Martin, dating from the 18th century and classified as a Historic Monument.
    2. After crossing the bridge, take the Old Imperial Road on the left where you will pass in front of the Baroque church of St Martin which can be visited on request.
    3. continue to the small bridge which spans the Reninge torrent after the St Martin high school.
    4. after crossing this small bridge, take the path a little further down on your left
    5. you will follow the right bank of the Arve to the Ilettes lakes: walk in the undergrowth along a flat path between lakes and river.
    Be careful, many users also take this path to get to the lake, drive at a walking pace to share this path in complete safety!
    6. you will have access to the lakes and the leisure center via the 2nd lake; you can take a relaxing break to discover them:
    - the 1st, further to the right, peaceful with its central island sheltering rabbits and ducks, is intended for fishermen
    - the 2nd for swimming or paddle boarding but also for eating on sunny days; a fitness trail can enhance the walk or a beach volleyball or ping-pong break (bring your own equipment); Picnic areas also at your disposal. For barbecues you must bring your own equipment and set up at a distance from the lake.
    - the 3rd intended for walks and discovery of the environments with a botanical trail and educational panels which will allow you to discover its history and its riches, and its observatory at the end of the lake to observe the fauna in complete discretion.
    7. The route then continues along the Arve, and will take you to a footbridge, then a path to the Luzier bridge.
    8. You will then continue crossing the road, a path, always following the Arve, then emerging on the road to Oëx.
    9. You will turn right onto the road and after a few meters you will be able to discover on the left the majestic Arpenaz Waterfall which falls from a height of 270 m; dominating the hamlet of Luzier, it is ranked third nationally and the first waterfall in the French Alps.
    The site has been classified as a natural site since 1991.
    Impressive in spring when the snow melts, you can cool off there in summer.
    10. go back up to the car park, where you will find a path leading to the village of Luzier passing in front of the pretty little hamlet chapel (only open during guided tours)
    12. Return either by following the Ancienne Impériale Route to the lakes then by the footpath to the starting car park or by joining the bottom of the Luzier road to join the same starting route with the possibility of following the other side of the lakes for a little change and join the pedibus path to the starting car park; or again by mixing the 2 and at the 2nd lake take the Arve path to avoid the road and rejoin the starting route.


    Free access.


    Open to children
    Animals allowed
    Languages spoken : French

    dogs kept on a leash, but prohibited in the vicinity and in lakes.

    Period of practice

    All year round.

    • Pets welcome
    • Coach access
    • Restaurant
    • Picnic area
    • Public WC
    • Car park
    • Free car park


    départ : parking de St Martin ancienne route Impériale 74700 Sallanches
    Departing from : Sallanches (74700)
    Latitude : 45.939353 - Longitude : 6.643667

    More informations

    Information update on 19/10/2023 by Office de Tourisme de Sallanches