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near Les Diablerets, Canton de Vaud (Swiss Confederation)
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Circular walk which goes up from Les Diablerets via one bank of the Grande Eau River and goes down via the other bank.
This route starts at the bridge over the Grande Eau river close to the centre of Les Diablerets. We follow the river upstream, first at the right bank and from Passerelle d'Aigue Noire (see waypoint with same name) at the left bank. At Le Droutzay (see waypoint with same name) the track follows a large part of the training circuit instead of the paved road. Just after passing Creux de Champ you enter in some kind of meadow where several creeks that origin from the surrounding mountains come together. Here the trail splits in one that goes up to Refuge de Pierredar (would be nice, but impossible because of the snow), and one that goes to Vers Champ. We follow the latter and after crossing some creeks some of them covered by snow (see waypoint "snow field") a narrow nice trail brings us to Vers Champ (see waypoint with same name).
The idea was to further ascend to La Laya, but that route was also impossible with the equipment I had because of the snow: at waypoint "zig-zag to La Laya" the road was covered by more than 50 cm snow so I took a path to the right, but that one had a dead end (almost literally since it ends in an impressive precipice at waypoint "dead end"). When you do this route in summer time I recommend to make the detour to La Laya after which you can descend to incorporate again with the current route at waypoint "X".
After having returned to Vers Champ we go down in the direction of Les Diablerets following a compfortable unhardened road. At the right hand side we constantly hear and see the Grande Eau river below us. Where we cross a paved road we turn left and go up again untill waypoint "X". There we take the narrow trail at the right which brings us in a strong descent to the bridge over the creek Torrent de Culan. At your left you can see a nice, still working water wheel (see waypoint "Bridge and Water wheel").
After arriving at Léderrey we follow the road "Route du Col de la Croix" back to Les Diablerets.
- Time in movement: 2 hr 10 min
- Average velocity in movement: 4,7 km/hr
- Recorded on 30/05/2013