Cascade de Berard

Haute-Savoie / Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, France

About Cascade de Berard


Hiking Distance: 1km round trip
Suggested Time: 45-60 minutes

Date first visited: 2012-05-20
Date last visited: 2012-05-20

Waterfall Latitude: 46.02003
Waterfall Longitude: 6.91176

Find Nearby Accommodation



Booking.com

join-booking-970x240-1.jpg

Cascade de Berard was the lone waterfall on our France trip where we didn’t get to see it properly after hiking to it.

That was because access to the viewpoint where we could be face-to-face with it was forbidden and blocked during our visit in May 2012.

Mt_Blanc_Chamonix_056_20120520 - Context of the chalet perched above the Cascade de Berard
Context of the chalet perched above the Cascade de Berard

So all we could do was settle for disappointing views of the waterfall from the bridge over its top.

We were even able to see the viewpoint below us across the stream where we should’ve been.

Unfortunately, it didn’t appear we had a way of detouring there safely.

Yet despite this setback, we were able to enjoy some Alps scenery as the trail itself allowed us to get out and enjoy the beautiful snowy mountains that were surrounding us.

Mt_Blanc_Chamonix_060_20120520 - The closure board at the chalet perched above the Cascade de Berard so we couldn't get any decent view of it from a safe location
The closure board at the chalet perched above the Cascade de Berard so we couldn’t get any decent view of it from a safe location

Even as we hiked the 20-minute uphill trail, there were a pair of prominent peaks that constantly commanded our attention.

They pretty much towered over the trail to the Cascade de Berard as well as the handful of mountain chalets that we passed by in between.

Even on the drive to its trailhead, we were able to see Mont Blanc as well as the ski resort town of Chamonix along with its surrounding jagged peaks and glaciers.

Perhaps one of these days, we might be able to return here when the trail work is done.

Mt_Blanc_Chamonix_050_20120520 - Looking down in the direction of Switzerland over some of the local mountain chalets beneath the Cascade de Berard
Looking down in the direction of Switzerland over some of the local mountain chalets beneath the Cascade de Berard

We did see a sign here that work is being done (since 2008) to improve access to that side.

Authorities

Cascade de Berard resides in the Chamonix-Mont-Blanc commune in the Hautes-Savoie department of the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes province of France. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their local tourism board website.

Mt_Blanc_Chamonix_027_20120520 - Passing through the town of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc on the way to the Cascade de Berard
Mt_Blanc_Chamonix_034_20120520 - Julie starting on the trail to Cascade de Berard just across from the road after leaving Le Buet Train Station
Mt_Blanc_Chamonix_039_20120520 - One of the scenic peaks watching over us as we hiked to the Cascade de Berard
Mt_Blanc_Chamonix_041_20120520 - More pretty peaks looming above us and the trail to Cascade de Berard
Mt_Blanc_Chamonix_043_20120520 - Looking out towards gorgeous mountains looking in the direction of Switzerland or Italy from the trail to the Cascade de Berard
Mt_Blanc_Chamonix_046_20120520 - Julie on the trail to Cascade de Berard going in between some attractive mountain chalets
Mt_Blanc_Chamonix_048_20120520 - The Cascade de Berard Trail was still climbing beyond the mountain chalets
Mt_Blanc_Chamonix_053_20120520 - The trail to Cascade de Berard starts becoming forested again past the chalets
Mt_Blanc_Chamonix_059_20120520 - Looking back over the footbridge traversing the creek just above the Cascade de Berard to reach the chalet that was closed during our May 2012 visit
Mt_Blanc_Chamonix_061_20120520 - Looking over the top of the Cascade de Berard from the footbridge
Mt_Blanc_Chamonix_062_20120520 - Looking down at the lookout across the top of Cascade de Berard where we wish we could've been to truly experience this waterfall

join-booking-970x240-1.jpg


We drove to Cascade de Berard from Cascade d’Arpenaz along the autoroute A40.

We followed this route towards Chamonix-Mt Blanc where the autoroute eventually became La Route Blanche (The White Route) as it approached Chamonix.

It ceased to be an autoroute en route to town (note: we did NOT take the Mt Blanc tunnel crossing into Italy).

At that point, the road became D1506 due north (headed towards Martigny in Switzerland) going through a pass before descending towards a train station at Le Buet.

Mt_Blanc_Chamonix_032_20120520 - This was the car park for the Le Buet Train Station, but it also acted as trailhead parking for the Cascade de Berard
This was the car park for the Le Buet Train Station, but it also acted as trailhead parking for the Cascade de Berard

This train station was where we could park the car and start the hike for Cascade de Berard, which started right across the road from the train station’s car park.

The falls belongs to the Haute-Savoie department of the of the Rhône-Alpes region, and it is very close to the Swiss border.

Meanwhile, the Chamonix-Mt Blanc town is very close to the Italian border.

Indeed, being here felt like we were on the mountainous frontiers of eastern France with three countries seemingly converging on this spot.

For geographical context, Chamonix was 101km (around 90 minutes drive) east of Annecy, 82km (over 60 minutes drive) southeast of Geneva, and 223km (about 2.5 hours drive) east of Lyon. The city of Lyon was 466km or at least 4.5 hours by car from Paris.

However, we used the very fast and efficient TGV (high speed train or le train a grande vitesse), which wound up taking around 3 hours to cover this stretch between the two major cities.

Unsatisfying top down view from the footbridge above the top of the falls

Related Top 10 Lists

No Posts Found

Tagged with: haute-savoie, rhone-alpes, french alps, mt blanc, mont blanc, chamonix, france, waterfall, italy



Visitor Comments:

No users have replied to the content on this page


Share your thoughts about what you've read on this page

You must be logged in to submit content. Refresh this page after you have logged in.

Visitor Reviews of this Waterfall:

No users have submitted a write-up/review of this waterfall


Have you been to a waterfall? Submit a write-up/review and share your experiences or impressions

Review A Waterfall

Nearest Waterfalls