Lac Lioson (1848 m) is situated near a mountain pass called Col des Mosses (1445 m) in the canton of Vaud. It’s a popular hike destination since it is an easy hike situable for all. Let’s face it: it’s damn pretty as well.
For my boyfriends’ grandfathers’ 80th birthday we decided to surprise him and take him for a day out. We had a few options in our head but Lac Lioson seemed like a good one. You can park your car just by the hiking trail and then it’s just a bit up (not too much) – 220 metres up to be exact. We started with a sandwich and then it was time to go. I’m not gonna write about time since you have to keep in mind we were with 80 year old man (who is damn fit by the way).
Honestly, before we went there, we looked up all the info on some websites, checked the menu of the restaurant that is next to the lake and…well… it was all closed. There was still snow, lake was still frozen (so we didn’t get to enjoy a boat ride) but it was still worth going up there. Beautiful scenery, breathtaking view of a frozen lake, mountains – you can’t go wrong there.
We also tried gentiane on the way. From the root of that flower you make Suze (alcoholic drink). Tip: don’t try the root. It’s disgusting. It leaves your mount craving for something stronger to kill the taste (and yes, we got to a bistro after more than 2 hours).
Starting point: Parking up from Col des Mosses (circa 1620 m)
Target: Lac Lioson (1848 m)
Hike lenght: Around 3 km.
Difficulty: Easy hike that you can prolong. We didn’t since there was still snow everywhere.
Tips: Perfect little family hike. When the lake is not frozen there’s boat rides offered. Nice restaurant next to the lake.
Text: Agnieszka Wajs