Lac d’Arpitettaz is a small mountain lake on your way to Cabane d’Arpitettaz. If you dont fancy heading to the Cabane, you can also make a loop back to Zinal through the Roc de la Vache from the Lake.
There is a trick on your way to Lac d’Arpitettaz from Zinal though. If you stay on the right bank of the river, you will have to go through a difficult and steep passage called « Pas du Chasseur » where you will have to hang on to chains for a portion of the path. This is not ideal especially if you have small kids. Instead, stay on left bank of the river towards Cabane du Petit Mountet and follow signs to Lac d’Arpitettaz from there. You will cross the river on a nice and modern bridge. It will add an extra 10 minutes to your hike but most importantly you will have peace of mind and will get to see the Cascade de Zinal. Totally worth the detour.
August 3, 2019
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