Trekking - La Palette summit

Isenau - La Palette - Col des Andérets - Isenau

A challenging trail (1st section) above Isenau with stunning views of the Diablerets mountains and Lake Arnon (Arnensee)

From the Lake Retaud, follow the footpath that goes up towards Isenau, then walk towards la Marnèche. Keep going along the footpath past the top of the Palette ski tow. The path then becomes steep and narrow up to the top of La Palette. From the summit, the path slopes gently down to Col des Andérets.

At Col des Andérets, there are 2 options:
No. 1: continue the route to the Isenau Mountain Chalet then to Isenau.
No. 2: continue to Col du Voré past the Chalet Vieux mountain pastures, then to Lake Retaud and finally to Col du Pillon.

Try some of the local produce at the Isenau and Chalet Vieux Mountain Chalet (cheese, serac, etc).
Stop at the La Marnèche snack bar with its beautiful terrace offering stunning views of the Les Diablerets mountains.
In fine weather, you can bathe in Lake Retaud or have a picnic on the shores of this peaceful expanse of water.
Restaurants at Lake Retaud and Col de Pillon

Practical information

Transport :
Take the postbus from Les Diablerets railway station to Col du Pillon then Diablobus from Col du Pillon to Lake Retaud (during the Free Access Card period). Then walk from Lake Retaud to Isenau (30 minutes).
Isenau can also be accessed on foot from the village (about 2 hrs)

Free parking at Col du Pillon and Lake Retaud.

A few tips and recommendations:
- Plan your walk (route, length, weather).
- Dress appropriately: sturdy footwear (climbing boots preferable), suitable clothing and wet weather gear
- Take sufficient food and drinks.
- First aid kit
- Be attentive to changes in weather
- Do not trample on grass or crops
- Close all gates behind you
- Put out fires, and do not make fires in the event of drought
- Take your rubbish with you
- If in doubt, turn back early


Summer hiking map (application/pdf)

Technical data

Start point
Les Diablerets
5.2 km
Positive altitude difference
501 Metres
Negative altitude difference
504 Metres


From 1 juin 2021 to 30 nov. 2021

Along your way

Lake Retaud

Lake Retaud

Les Diablerets

A little paradise in the Vaudois Alps: nestled in a basin on the south face of the Palette, Lake Retaud reflects the blue sky and dark pines in its crystal water.

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