The Valais has a hike for everyone. Up high peaks, through fragrant larch forests, along watercourses, over suspended bridges, by mule paths or vineyard trails. Over 8000 kilometres of signposted hiking paths wait to be explored. Countless high routes and circuits lead through lush alpine meadows, across rushing mountain streams, past deep-blue tarns and up peaks with magnificent views. With a little luck, hikers may encounter marmots, chamois or mountain goats.
The trail of the senses
The idea behind the "Senses Trail" is that nature should be felt, touched, tasted, smelled, heard, and seen, and learning about it should be fun. The 2.7-kilometre trail begins at the "Maisons de la fôret", where there are explanatory signs about healing herbs, bee-keeping, and the local wildlife. Birdsong accompanies hikers starting out along the Saxon Bisse, where information signs inspire children to try out all sorts of activities: touching the forest ground, smelling Swiss pine bark, guessing which birds you can hear. Children and adults alike will enjoy trying to identify the various flowers and trees by smell or by touch. Signs are also in braille so that blind hikers may benefit from this trail.
Destination: Maison de la Forêt
How to get there: By foot or car
Return: By foot or car
Fitness requirements: easy
Distance: 2.1 km
Vertical metres: +146 m, -84 m
Total hiking time: 45 min
Season: May to september
Restaurants and pubs: Buffet Maison de la Forêt