The Col de la Croix pass road in the canton of Vaud connects the Rhone Valley in extension through the Col de Pillon with the Lake of Thun and the Lake Brienz in the Upper Bernese canton. Entry into the pass road is best from the South through the village of Bex. Coming from Martigny you need to turn right towards Aigle and then at the first roundabout, at the entrance of Bex to the right towards Gryon and Villars. This is in our opinion the most beautiful ascent than on the road over Ollon.
We ride up the hill through several small towns on the northern slope above the Rhone Valley and enjoy a breathtaking view over to the opposite snowy mountains (see panoramic image in the section “picture collection”). During the ascent, you should always look for the sign towards Villars or Col Croix, then it will work out well. When you have reached the summit you will enter into a small resort, called La Barboleusaz. From here the pass road continues horizontally across to Villars on a wide road, where also the railway has its track on. So be careful.
In the midst of Villard we reach the road that leads up from the valley of Ollon. We turn right and leave the place past huge concrete hotel blocks, as Villars is a famous ski resort. Here the actual pass road has its starting point, which now runs about two cars wide through pastures up. We never left the tree line, the road is clear and the pavement for skew rides suitable.
Die Passhöhe selbst besteht lediglich aus einer Kuppe mit einem unbefestigten Parkplatz und einen kleinen hölzernen Andenkenladen mit Imbiss. Der Ausblick jedoch ist gigantisch (siehe Panoramabild). Rings um uns herum schneebedeckte Bergspitzen der Berner und Waliser Alpen (wir waren dort zu Pfingsten). Die Abfahrt auf der Norseite ist ebenfalls sehr übersichtlich und führt teilweise durch Almen und lichten Laubwald, bevor die Passtrasse in Les Diablerets endet. Hier geht es dann rechts weiter über den Col de Pillon oder links zurück zum Genfer See.
The pass summit itself consists only of a hill with a dirt parking lot and a small wooden gift shop and a snack bar. The outlook, however, is great (see panoramic image). Around us, snow-capped peaks of the Bernese Alps and Valais (we were there at Pentecost). Riding down the north siede is also very easy and leads through meadows and sparse deciduous forest before the pass road ends in Les Diablerets. Here, turn right on to the Col de Pillon or left back to Lake Geneva.