Monday, 12 October 2009

Day Hike: (Les) Allieres to Montreux

When we are looking for quick access to hikes our thoughts invariably turn to the Golden Pass Line that goes from Montreux north eastwards through Sannenland / Pay d'Enhaut towards Lucerne. For those of us living close to Geneva - it means less than two hours travel before we are out in nature.

On this autumn day we set off from Allieres station (tell the train conductor that you want to get off here) and followed the signboard towards Col du Jaman along the old mule path. The path gradually winds its way up to the pass keeping the imposing bulk of Dent du Jaman on the left. Towards the top a path on the left goes to Jaman station and a 'via ferrata' route. We kept to the path and found ourselves at a large car park (for the restaurant as far as we could gather) on the pass in a couple of hours. It wasn't the best day for hiking with lowering clouds through which the sun occasionally burst, nonetheless, we did enjoy the autumnal colours as the forests gradually turns from the summer greens to yellows, gold and orange. The path down from the Col passed through some beautiful forests but for too large periods of time stayed on tarmac roads - for those who enjoy the natural paths I'd suggest take the train down from Les Paccots.

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