In Schwarzsee, the jagged ridges of the Les Recardets moutain range cast their distinctive shadow over the ancient valley of La Brecca. This hiking trail begins in Schwarzsee and continues along the north side of Les Recardets, climbing up to the Pas de Chamois mountain pass below the Patraflon mountain. It then crosses over a rocky stretch which will lead you through the La Brecca valley back to Schwarzsee. While not a particularly difficult hike, a good degree of sure-footedness is essential.
From the Schwarzsee-Bad bus stop, head towards Seeweid, following the signposts for «Les Recardets» and continue in a westerly direction along the Seeweidbach (stream). Shortly before entering the forest, it is worthwhile making a brief detour to the waterfall (200 metres away, approx. 15-min round trip). Otherwise, continue along the road until you reach the forest. Initially the track is rather steep but soon flattens out. Once past the Unter Recardets stables, a further hour’s walk will take you to the Ober Recardets cabin, where you can stop off for something to eat or drink.
To the north of this alpine cabin, the mountain path leads upwards to the Pas de Chamois mountain pass, at an altitude of 1,875m. With a little luck, you might catch a glimpse of the notoriously shy chamois among the scree and rocks. From here, why not make the short climb to the 1, 916 metre-high peak of the Patraflon for a sweeping view of the valley below.
Deep below in the valley, you will be able to see the last inhabited charterhouse in Switzerland - La Valsainte. Across the way to the southeast, on the other side of the La Brecca valley are the distinctive tips of the Spitzflue, Fochsenflue, Chörblispitz, Schopfenspitz and Vanil d’Arpilles. To the north, you will also be able to see the Schwyberg mountain and as far as the Mittelland and Jura mountain ranges.
Once back on the mountain pass, follow the footpath on the south side of Les Recardets down to the La Brecca gorge. Past the alpine cabins at Bremingard and Oberi Rippa, a further hour’s walk will bring you to the mountain cabin restaurant, the Unteri Rippa, where you can find out more about the indigenous alpine flora.
The last descent over the footpath towards Schwarzsee will take you over the Wälschi Rippa to a road. This leads back over the eastern side of Les Recardets to Seeweid and the bus stop outside the Schwarzsee-Bad hotel.
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First published: Mittwoch, 23. Januar 2008
Last updated: Mittwoch, 2. April 2014
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