I had introduced the Lake Oeschinen (Oeschinensee) briefly in my post about the Jungfrau region, but at that time I had only managed to hike to the lake from Kandersteg and go back again. Since I liked this lake so much, I decided to go back to the lake to discover more of it. With its beautiful blue colour surrounded by a dramatic scenery, this lake is definitely one of my favourite mountain lakes in Switzerland.
There are several trails around the lake (check the website for more information) and I decided to do the roundhike from Oeschinensee to Heuberg. Officially the hike starts at the lake and you can either start at the Oeschinen top station when you come with the cable car or you can start in Kandersteg. I started at Kandersteg and in a leisurely speed took about 4-5 hours for this loop.
In order to do this loop, you should not follow the signs directly to Oeschinensee, but rather to the cable car top station. The first part is a bit steep and leads through a forest and some meadows.
Once you reach the cable car station, the signing starts to get a little bit confusing. There are no signs to Heuberg, so you’ll first have to follow the signs to the Oeschinensee. After a while the signs to Heuberg will appear.
The hike leads from the forest, onto a stony path, alongside the mountain wall. This part can at times be a little bit tricky, so make sure to take proper shoes. In the meanwhile, enjoy the magnificent view over the valley, the majestic mountains and the first peek on the Oeschinensee.
Soon you’ll get more and more beautiful spots from where you can enjoy superb views over the lake with its radiant blue colour.
While ascending, you can enjoy the view down on the lake and the wonderful landscape with several streams and waterfalls.
Depending on the season and the weather, it’s possible to swim in the Oeschinensee. I did the hike in the end of May on a rather cloudy day and nevertheless the water was “warm” enough to take a quick dive. Swimming would have have been a bit of an overstatement, it was rather a quick full body dive into the highly refreshing water. Even though this hike is not particularly strenuous, this quick refreshment was very welcome!
From the lake it’s a quick 45 minute hike, mainly through the forest, down to Kandersteg.