Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Day Hike: Chateau d'Oex to Lessoc

From the small, picturesque village of Chateau d'Oex you head to the north west. Initially the route is on farm roads heading out of the village, but soon turns to a wide track that steepens when it enters a forest.

We took a diversion off the route and ended up at a very small private cabane with wonderful views of the Pays-d'Enhaut.

The route continues on uphill, with pastures succeeding forest and the route narrowing to a footpath which continues via sweeping switch-backs towards the ridge line. From the ridge the descent is steep with path-finding difficult and risk of ankle-twisting a real possibility - take care. After what feels like a life-time, but is in reality less than 30 minutes, one emerges onto a wide farm track. The descent to Lessoc from here is straight forward though rather long.

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