Looking across to Lac des Audannes 

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Col Des Froid Eau to Les Rousses loop

  • Distance 14.67 km
  • Time 0 s
  • Speed 0.0 km/h
  • Min altitude 1769 m
  • Peak 2650 m
  • Climb 1370 m
  • Descent 1372 m
April 10, 2021 10:52 pm
Our itinerary today was a circular 15km hike from the hut starting with an initial ascent over the Col des Eau Froides. People can swim in the lake below the hut but the name of the pass says it all. We made do with a bird bath in the boot room of the hut where conveniently there is also a long sink. We both thought that the Col would be very difficult to get up as from the hut it looks fairly sheer. It turned out to be easier than we thought and in the cool of the morning was a lovely start to our day.

From the Col we then hiked down a valley before turning off to make our way across the white (limestone?) flanks of the lower Wildhorn massive towards Lac Ténéhet The rock face was heavily eroded and quite hard to hike over so glad when we were off that surface and enjoying our jam sarnie on the shores of the lake.

Valley down to Lac Tseuxier

We then had a long descent (over 800m) down to the Lac de Tseuxier. It is a brutal path and not sure I would want to go up it. But we took our time, admired the flowers and the views of the cliffs lining the valley we were descending down as well as Crans on the far side of the lake. We dunked our feet in a river to cool down before stopping for a lovely lunch at a mountain cafe on the far side of the lake.

Bit hard to get the legs going after a pint of beer so it was good we had a short stretch along the road before getting to Les Rousses and the 600m hike back up to the Cabane. We once tried to skin this route and got quite a long way up the Combe des Andins before running out of time and calling it a day. So it was good to revisit this route in summer.

The main part was a steep ascent up the east side of the valley with a couple of sections where ropes were need to help your balance as you made your way along narrow paths with very steep drops offs to the left. We were both very happy to make it back to the Cabane. Although only 15km the 1500 meters of ascent and descent certainly worked the legs pretty hard!

See below a video of our hike followed by a compilation of our photos

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Compilation of photos, press play to view