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Swiss Passes - Switzerland's mountain pass roads

Col de la Croix


The Col de la Croix was a mule track that took over 100 years to become a pass road.


The Col de la Croix was opened in 1971 and connects Villars-sur-Ollon to Les Diablerets. The original mule track was fought over in the late 1700's and in 1869 a plan to build a road was made. Wars prevented the pass road from being finished until 1966 when work finally started.


The pass is particularly famous for its gypsum pyramids. The gypsum pyramids are a formed by erosion, water and wind have created sedimentary structures, that have become impressive pyramids.


Summit coordinates 46°19’30.2”N, 7°07’35.9”E
Summit Altitude 1778 metres
Distance 17 kilometres
Start Villars 1258 metres
End Les Diablerets 1200 metres
Opens June to mid-October