Statistics:  11.4 miles   ascent: 2257′   descent: 3246′   Pass #11: Hahnenmoospass

Our abode for last evening, Adelboden, was a charming alpine village nestled on the side of a mountain.

We strolled slowly through the village, stopping to sample some baked goods at the bakery and some cheese at the cheese shop.  Leaving town we headed down the hill to the river below, where the trail followed the river for some time as it wound through the woods.

After several stream crossings we arrived in the community of Geils, at a large ski area.  We had been walking in rain for most of the morning so paused here for a few minutes.  After brushing off some of the rain and checking the GPS/map, we proceeded back into the rain and onto a narrow ski resort road, to the top of the extended hill.  To our surprise we quickly reached our next pass, Hahnenmoospass, #11 – the easiest pass we had encountered!

The pass is located at the top of the Geils ski area, where – near the one ski-lift’s top station – we thankfully found a very comfortable restaurant.  Again dripping wet from the continuing rain, we stopped to dry out, taking time to catch up on our diaries while consuming REAL SWISS hot chocolate (Swiss hot chocolate is wonderful).  Our old favorite, kuchen, was the perfect addition to this part of our afternoon.

From the pass we had a pleasant hike down the mountain through meadows and forest.  On the trail, a local was very interested in our presence.

The horses were not as focused!

As we continued to descend, Lenk came into view.

The B&B was right on the small river which ran through the village.  Our host and hostess were a helpful, lovely couple who made arrangements for our dinner while describing a better route for our walk tomorrow.

Today we reached the 200 mile milestone!


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