Lac Lioson is located above Les Mosses in the canton of Vaud. This sleepy area is perfect for a family outing in summer. Void of tourists and not too crowded, the lake provides the perfect backdrop for a relaxing summer day.
The views in the region are stunning and the effort (despite the steep uphill climb to the lake) around the lake is minimal. This route is ideal for summer activities (we saw people swimming and boating) and don't forget to pack a picnic.
The route around the lake is visually impressive. It reminded us of a scene out of Lord of the Rings.
The lake route is relatively flat and easy.
Pack a picnic and enjoy a slow summer day. Afterall, that's what summer is for...unwinding.
If you forget your lunch, stop into Restaurant du Lac Lioson.
There are plenty of extensions available from the lake should you wish to continue your hike.
Tip: The homemade ice cream is incredible at Restaurant du Lac Lioson!
The hike to the lake is uphill and on gravel. Please be careful!
Wear good hiking boots with tread for this route.
This is not a stroller friendly route.
There are toilets, water and food available at Restaurant du Lac Lioson.
Please watch children carefully around the lake.
Bring layers in the event the weather changes.
Bring a towel just in case you or your children get wet!
The restaurant is open from June through October.
Location: Les Mosses, Lac Lioson
(A bus stop is located at Col des Mosses, which will add another 30+ minutes to the route. Please check the bus schedule before you start your journey for the return.)
Start: Parking Lioson d'en Bas
Finish: Parking Lioson d'en Bas
Time: 1:20 hr (allow more time for stops and a picnic)
Length: 3.5 km
Ascent/Descent: 251 m/251 m
Elevation: 1851 m
Trail Type: Loop
Trail Rating: Moderate (due to the climb in the beginning)
Ages: All ages, but please do not bring a stroller! A carrier is recommended for small legs.