|Col de Merdassier|
|Height||Climbing height - length|
|1495m||857m - 14.2 km (Chamossière N)
838m - 14 km (Chamossière S)
281m - 6.2 km (Les Converses)
610m - 13.2 km (Le Grand-Bornand)
1005m - 29.8 km (St-Pierre)
|3 (5) (West); 2 (5) (East)||4 (5)|
|How to get there||
This is a parallel pass to the famous Col de la Croix Fry (1467m) and one reaches it from close to the pass height on the east side of this pass. This is a little higher, but there is not much additional climbing (35m), so basically the real climb here is the climb to Col de la Croix Fry.
The climb starts in the west from Chamossière (645m) near Thônes on the way from Annecy, or a bit to the south from Chamossière ”south” (664m) if coming down from the Col du Marais (842m). It is a fairly good climb on this side with god views.
From the east, if you come here after having climbed over the famous Col des Aravis (1486m), you start the climb at Les Converses (1214m) (before La Clusaz) and have a short and easy climb to the pass. If you came over the Col de la Colombière (1608m) you will start the climb at after the bridge at Le Grand-Bornand (885m) (via the Col de St Jean de Sixt (959m)). For completeness sake you could also start the climb up north at St-Pierre (490m) near Bonneville.
|Other comments||Great views mostly on the west side of the Col de la Croix Fry. There are many restaurants in the area and many more passes!