Crans-Montana, Valais, Switzerland

31 October-2 November 2013

Decided to check out the area around Crans-Montana. Normally a chique ski resort, but almost deserted this time of the year. And several nice hiking trails to explore.

The first day I followed the trail along the old Bisse du Ro (bisse = irrigation canal). At several places, the trail was a suspended walkway along steep cliffs!

But soon the first views opened up.

And more wonderful views of mélèzes and mountains on the way up to Cry d'Er.

The view to the southern side of the Rhone valley from Cry d'Er (at 2250m).

Another view south from lower down, but with the beautiful light of the setting sun shining on the mountains and clouds.

The next day it was mostly overcast. Not great for taking pictures, but very nice for another hike. I took the trail up to the Barrage du Rawil (you can see the dam at the center of the pic).

After a steep climb up to get to the dam, a nice view across (and reflection in) its lake.

A look up from the other side of the lake.

A view back across the lake towards the southern side of the Alps.

And another beautiful lake reflection on the way back to the barrage.

The third day it was raining in the morning, so I decided to go back down into the valley. By the time I got to Sion, the sun had come out again, and I decided to walk up to the two hilltop castles the town is known for: Chateau de Tourbillon

And Chateau de Valère.

And finally I walked from Cully to Pully, with the first part going through the vineyards of the Lavaux, which are at their finest fall splendor right now.

And the second part along the lake, which was quite rough due to a strong wind blowing right across it. Waves were crashing on the shore as if it was the ocean (and yes, I got wet several times).

The sun reflecting on the lake. A nice way to end another wonderful hiking trip.

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