Analysing terrain data
The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.
Low Exposure: The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.
Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.
High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.
Extreme Exposure: Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.
Start by descending the fast 4x4 track, taking care with some loose rocks.
After a brief climb, look out for the trail sign on the right.
Prepare for 900 meters of challenging Chamonix-style descending.
Charlanon is not recommended for inexperienced riders.
Rocky step ups, natural drops, and exposed switchbacks can all be expected.
Don’t expect all of the upper trail to be fully rideable.
That being said, there are also some lovely, flowy sections lower down which counterbalance the gnar.
Look out for some bountiful wild blueberry patches and enjoy the stunning views across the valley towards the Mont Blanc Massif.
Due to the rocky and rooty nature of the trail, it is not recommended to ride Charlanon in the wet.
Some of the upper trail is exposed to drops due to the steep nature of the mountainside, which falls away sharply from the singletrack.
During the summer bike ban on Chamonix hiking trails, the Chamonix to Planpraz lift makes an exception and allows for bikers after 4pm.
If you’re fast, you can get two Charlanon laps in before the lift closes for the day!