• Sport

Hike along the Petit Balcon Sud: Merlet-Plan de la Cry

A hike that mainly goes through the woods. A trail that offers sweeping views of the Mont Blanc Massif.

Sport Hike along the Petit Balcon Sud: Merlet-Plan de la Cry Les Houches


Departing from Les Houches (74310)
Average length : 03h00
Total elevation gain : 338m
Vertical drop : 338m
Distance : 6.2km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

From the entrance of the park, go up to the right along the fences and take on the right during 10 mn the path of Bel-Lachat and Brévent. Leave it and go horizontally on the left for 400 m. Go down leaving the Chailloux path on the right. A few twists and turns in the slope lead to a fork: leave the Houches trail on the left and take the one that goes horizontally to the right in the forest. It passes a little below the Lac Noir and reaches the Plan de la Cry.

Possibility to start from Les Houches, Les Bossons or Chamonix.
More information available at the Tourist Office or the High Mountain Office and in our trail guide.
Attention : The conditions of the trails are likely to change, think of informing you before leaving.

Way and back
Total elevation gain : 338m
Altitude max : 1595m
Vertical drop : 338m

Further informations

Stone, Ground

    1 5


    Free of charge.


    Animals allowed
    Not adapted to strollers

    Period of practice

    From 10/04 to 31/10.

    Subject to snow conditions.

    • Pets welcome


    Parking de Merlet Chemin de Merlet 74310 Les Houches
    Departing from : Les Houches (74310)
    Latitude : 45.907875 - Longitude : 6.822478

    Arrival Plan de la Cry : 1431 m

    Closest bus stop : La Griaz/Le Tourchet
    Closest train stop : Les Houches train station
    Closest parking : Parking Les Houches train station / Le Tourchet car-parks

    Information update on 22/04/2024 by Office de Tourisme de la Vallée de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc