Dec 8, 2019 - 7:36 PM
in reply to msurosey
Hi again Msurosey,
I did the Pas de l'Echelle ...about 55 years ago with my parents, so that does not quite qualify as "recent experience"! You should read the very thorough report on the link provided by Suzanne, although the route was travelled the other way round.
The 1938 ladders have been replaced in 2015. Pas de l'Echelle (PE) is lower than Col de Riedmatten (CR). The Switzerland Mobility hiking map indicates CR as the recommended route of section 21 of the Alpine Passes Trail, and PE as an alternative itinerary. Note that the downhill trail from CR towards Cabane des Dix is very steep. In both cases you should be well trained and well equipped. That means good mountain boots and hiking poles. Don't do it alone, and give up if it rains.
There is an outfitter store in Arolla (this I know from more recent experience!), you can stop by and ask them about the best alternative. My guess is the ladders.