Charlanon

Brévent/Flégère

Chamonix

Brevent’s only designated mountain bike trail, this enduro-style descent on fully natural singletrack is sure to test even the best riders.

Mountain Biking Severe

Distance
6.6 km
Ascent
58 m
Descent
1 km
Low Point
1.1 km
High Point
2 km
Gradient
19˚
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Description

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!

Difficulty

Severe

Widely variable, narrow trail tread with steeper grades and unavoidable obstacles of 15in/38cm tall or less. Obstacles may include unavoidable bridges 24in/61cm wide or less, large rocks, gravel, difficult root sections, and more. Ideal for advanced-level riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

June, July, August, September, October

Features

  • Technical
  • Picturesque
  • Singletrack
  • In the forest
  • Drops
  • Roots
  • Rock Rolls
  • Rock Slabs
  • Rock Gardens

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