Oct 7, 2019 - 7:59 AM
in reply to Neal Andrews
Hello Neal Andrews,
Congratulations for wanting to hike! I am sure you love nature. Did you consider (for next time) avoiding flying? Geneva International Airport is located close to the city and tens of thousand people suffer from the noise and air pollution due to aviation, among which low cost flights.
Anyway, let me not be too sectarian. As mentioned by others, Geneva is close to France. One nice place is Mt Saleve. Take bus #8 to Veyrier, cross the border, take the cable car to the top of Saleve, where many hikes are possible, with, weather allowing, stunning views of Geneva and the Lake. That would be a day trip. Further away is Chamonix. A new rail system will start operating in the Franco-Swiss Geneva region on December 15, but for the time being, the way to go to Chamonix from Geneva is by bus. The bus terminal is located at Place Dorcière between the main railway station and Mt Blanc bridge. Plenty of hiking opportunities in Chamonix. i am not familiar with huts there. My favorite hotel there is Le Labrador.
If you want to stay in Switzerland, you could take the train to Le Seppey (1hr 24 from Geneva, departure every 30 min. after the hour, change at Aigle), and from there hike to La Lécherette, and then onwards to Château d'Oex or even further. Part of this suggestion is Stage 3 of the Tour des Alpes vaudoises. Accommodation possible at col des Mosses, La Lécherette (Is or was nice, I stayed there twice, I'm just not sure it still exists...) or Château d'Oex.
The weather should be nice, as far as one can tell. Enjoy!