From Les Lindaret the Lac de Montriond looks like a green puddle. Once you descend down the mountain to around 1000m the alpine simplicity of a lake surrounded by sheer cliffs on two sides is irresistible. Frozen in the winter and cool in the summer it's ideal for freshening up if you are hiking or biking in the area, which if you are staying in Morzine in summertime, you are very likely to be. Once in the water visibility is low and the water has a mysterious almost milky quality to it, such that when you turn to breathe and see the cliffs and pine forest, it feels like you are in a different age when dinosaurs might have stalked about in the shallows. It does feel very other-wordly.
At around 1km long, a couple of lengths and then back on the bike downhill to Morzine for drinks at Bar Robinson makes for a diverse and fulfilling afternoon.
Lac de Montriond, near Morzine, Haute de Savoie
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