Lac d’EngstlenBy Will • Jun 18th, 2012 • Category: Climbs, Cycling
Here is a lessor known, absolute gem of a hors categorie climb in central Switzerland. One of the best climbs under 2000 metres that I have ever done.
The climb shares the first four kms with Susten Pass but then turns off onto a well-surfaced, narrow road. It’s private and has a car toll a little higher – which keeps the traffic to a minimum. Sweet! The early slopes wind up through the woods, with plenty of peeks at alpine peaks.
NB: The map below includes the gigantic Susten Pass – which I did later in the day – but I’ll do a separate blog post for it.
The less steep middle section – see the profile – is a straightshot through a waterfall-filled valley, with cows and mountains straight ahead – awesome:
The last stretches are steep but lovely, I suffered with a smile. Finally an important tip: the road does not go to the lake – it’s perhaps a kilometre after the road ends. I performed a little cyclocross and walked as well – but essential to see the beautiful alpine lake. And then a beer to celebrate.