Thereâ€™s a peak near here that Iâ€™ve fallen in love with. Legit love. Probably? Like the sort of love you have for fluffy kittens you canâ€™t keep for yourself so youâ€™re going to love them even more, on principle. Whatever sort of love that is…thatâ€™s how I feel about Les Chaux. Itâ€™s basically perfect in every way I want it to be + itâ€™s the gateway to one of my favorite trails in all of Switzerland. Maybe I need to explore more to find a better trail…but until I find that, this is my favoritest trail evers. #fact
I honestly have no idea why I love this little peak so much. By the numbers, itâ€™s nowhere near as impressive as the Matterhorn or Dents du Midi or the Grand Muveran. Les Chaux is just a simple nugget of a peak near a handful of mountain villages. This crossed summit just so happens to make my heart sing fuzzy songs. Mountains are weird like that, I guess.
Maybe it isnâ€™t the peak itself that gets my heart all giddy + fuzzy? Maybe itâ€™s everything around the peak that has me recommending this hike to *everyone* who walks into the Chalet Martin hostel?
Les Chaux Love
Once you get up to the peak [by telecabine,Â hiking or bus/car + a stupid steep hike near the end] you can see Gryon, Barboleuse, Villars, Solelax, Teveyanne + a handful of other tiny mountain villages. On one side you have the full lâ€™Argentine, giving you a chance to get solid beta on the Tour du lâ€™Argentine trails. On the opposite side of the ridge, you have a wide open valley with a smattering of tinkling cow herds. Ahead of you is a seemingly endless ridgeline…that I have not yet explored due to snow +/or terrain. Some day…soon?
Ultimately, I donâ€™t have any long-winded stories or treacherous trail photos to make this peak look overly impressive. Itâ€™s just…Les Chaux, my favorite mini-peak in all of Switzerland. Even my excessive babbling hasnâ€™t managed to give me enough words to describe how much I love this peak in a way that anyone will understand. Itâ€™s just…my kinda of perfect. Les Chaux is the peak I hike up to on “I need to go find some happy” days + as a “ugh, I should probably go outside” motivator + for “let me show you something cool” hikes.
Itâ€™s my happy hunk of rock here in Switzerland + wanted to show it off, with selfies. Obviously. #sorrynotsorry