• Sport

Hiking Trail: a walk along the water

From the Vieux Pont de St Martin (old bridge) to the Ilettes lakes, along the River Arve to the Arpenaz waterfall, enjoy a pleasant stroll along the water, accessible to all. Discover the hamlet of Luzier and its chapel on the way back.

Sport Hiking Trail: a walk along the water Sallanches


Departing from Sallanches (74700)
Average length : 02h45
Distance : 10.8km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

Departure: St Martin car park
1. to the right of the car park, take the path that leads you to the Vieux Pont de St Martin, listed as a Historic Monument.
2. cross the bridge then turn left on the Old Imperial Road 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 after the college-high school of St Martin.
4. cross this small bridge, and take the path a little lower on your left
5. you will follow the edge of the Arve to the lakes of Ilettes: walk in the undergrowth along a flat path between lakes and river.
Be careful, many mountain bikes and hybrid bikes also use this path to get to the lake.
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, more to the right, peaceful with its central island sheltering rabbits and ducks, is intended for fishermen
- the 2nd for swimming or paddling and dining 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 available.
- the 3rd intended for walks and discovery of the environment with a botanical trail and educational panels that will allow you to discover its history and its riches, and its observatory at the end of the lake to observe the fauna discreetly.
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 along the Arve, then emerging on the road to Oëx.
9. You will turn right on the road and after a few meters you will be able to discover on the left the majestic Cascade of Arpenaz which throws itself from the top of its 270 m.
10. You can stop to observe it in the spring when the snow melts or cool off there in the summer.
11. walk back up to the car park, where you will find a path leading to the village of Luzier past the pretty little hamlet chapel (only open on guided tours)
12. Return either by following the Old Imperial Road 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 traversing the other shore of the lakes to vary a little and join the footpath 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.

Walking time is approximate and does not include break times.

Go on a safe hike!
This description allows you to orient yourself globally but does not replace a hiking map at 1/25000 or other topoguides that you can find in your tourist office! In Sallanches, our Office of Guides & Accompanists also offers a wide choice of outings accompanied by mountain professionals providing you with complete expertise on the environment and alpine nature, think about it!

Whatever your hike, check the weather before heading out.
Remember to take cereal bars, sufficient water, sunglasses, sunscreen, a small first-aid kit, as well as clothes suitable for your outing depending on the season in your backpack. and the forecast forecast.

Total elevation gain : 124m
Altitude max : 593m
Vertical drop : 124m

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

Ground, Grit

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


    Free access.


    Open to children
    Animals allowed
    Languages spoken : French
    Adapted to all-terrain strollers

    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 : 45.939748 - Longitude : 6.643828

    More informations

    Information update on 22/02/2022 by Office de Tourisme de Sallanches