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Col du Pillon

period opened

altitude

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distance

GPS - coordinates

the whole year

1,546m

Les Diablerets - Gstaad

23 km

N 46°21´14”    E 007°12´26”

6,072ft

14.3mls

detailed pass road map  detailed pass road map

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Panorama view of Col du Pillon

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The Col du Pillon is in series with the Col de la Croix the connection between Martigny in the Rhone Valley to Lake Thun in Canton Upper Bernese. The starting point is the small resort of Les Diablerets, from where the pass road runs in closely wound curves the short distance up to the northeast, the pass summit. The pass summit hosts a huge cable car ground station, a gift shop and a rustic inn.

From the pass summit on, the road drops relatively flat, with lots of light curves, initially through dense hardwood forest to the village of Gsteig. From here it leads through flat meadows and pastures into a plateau valley with the small towns  of Feutersoey and Gstaad.

Just a bit beyond Gstaad the pass road reaches the village Saanen and then joins the Canton road No.11 that comes up from from Lake Geneva to Lake Thun.

This road is easy ro ride, leading most of the time through a typical Swiss country side with its farms, cows, meadows. The classical Swiss romantic as you can see in the movies. You need to ride slow, since there is lots of traffic of busy farmer people and local inhabitants that follow their daily work.

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