A secret lake in a lost cirque, a lush haven in the midst of a mineral world... You couldn't imagine all this when you start out on this route. The trail starts on a great piste and runs through very different settings then, when you least expect it, the lake appears!
max. 1717 m
min. 998 m
From the parking of Anapia, go back up the piste from the car park and left at the intersection (totem). Walk on this path and get back onto a piste that you need to take to go left. Continue on the flat for a bit then take a right at the entrance to the woods that looks like a river bed: steep and pebbly! Get back onto the piste higher up and continue your ascent. Ignore the left-hand piste and carry on until a clear hairpin bend.
Take the path on the left that goes along the ridge line then crosses a hillside clearing. The track is once again covered and goes up to the right before a few bends get you back onto the piste. This section doesn't appear on the IGN map so don't go onto the old path (still on the map). Cross the thalweg and the terrain gets very pebbly and runs along large paving stones.
Carry on and watch out for rolling stones. The grassy infiltration strip below can be very slippery. Don't venture onto it: there are cliffs below. Carry on and cross a river bed after a short descent.
Pass the black rock area (watch your ankles). The slope levels out and crosses the lapiaz. Once again flat, carry on along silty terrain until you see the lake and cabin below overlooked by the "table of the tree kings". A track goes past the lake on the right and leads to the cabin.
From the cabin, take the path towards the lake. Go round the lake and turn right along the rocks to get back onto the path in the midst of the lapiaz. Watch out for the section on the ledge as rolling stones can slip. At the bottom of the piste, don't forget to take a right onto the pebbly section just before a bend.