If you hadn't already read my previous trip reports, see the link below.for part 4 which also contains the links to parts 1-3.
Day 6 - Oeschinensee & Brig
Our itineraries for the next day didn’t suit each other. Peter and Evelyne (see trip report part 4) planned to do the round trip around the lake across the face of the steep mountains towering above the lake, while I did the circuit 3 hour hike on the left that has the best panoramic view of the lake. Also because I planned to be in Brig later on in the afternoon so was on a tight schedule. They planned to start earlier while I couldn’t start till at least after 9 as the hotel breakfast only started at 8 am.
Weather was cloudy when I started the hike around 10 am, but then mid-way through the hike, the clouds cleared and the sun came out and the view of the lake was heavenly. The hike was relatively easy, I did the hike clockwise, while most people would normally do it anticlockwise. Met a couple with their dog, who was incredibly friendly and adorable, and held a yellow Frisbee in its mutt. He dropped the Frisbee once and it rolled down the scree quite far down and the dog just ran after it! I was so fearful that the dog might get into trouble but moments later it came up the steep slope panting heavily with the yellow Frisbee in his mouth. The owners then took the Frisbee and kept it in their bag to prevent a similar incident from happening. The dog was not too happy about it and occasionally tried to snatch the Frisbee from the bag.
See here for a short video on my four legged friend - www.instagram.com/p/BY x6DIYjwlX/?taken-by=bensumw
The trail was in good condition and I am confident that you could run it (trail running) as I did on certain sections because I wanted to catch the hourly train to Brig later on. The total time I took from the moment I got off the cable car and back to the cable car station was 3 hours. Which is almost an hour less than the recommended time. Mind you I also took a ton of photos, so I credit the running on the trail for the shorter time I took. The dog I met on the trail was off the leash and towards the lake, it tried to attack a mountain goat by chasing and barking at it, luckily the owners managed to get hold of the dog.
By fate, I met Peter and Evelyne on the restaurant by the lake and only had a couple of minutes to spare to speak to them as I was conscious of the time to catch the hourly train to Brig. I ran all the way from the lake to the cable car station in 10 minutes and ran again from the cable car station to Kandersteg train station in under 10 minutes to catch the train to Brig.
Reached Brig but it was pretty late in the afternoon around 3 pm. The original plan was to go to Alestch glacier panoramic hike but it would take too long (3 hours for the hike alone not counting the time for the cable cars) and was slightly tired from the previous hike at Oeschinensee. Therefore, I just visited the castle (Stockapler) and the Bellwald suspension bridge (Hängebrücke Fürgangen – Mühlebach) and headed back to Kandersteg. On the train towards Bellwald, for the 3rd time, I saw 2 fighter jets flying in the air, over the Rhone river.
Pictures here - flic.kr/s/aHsm4SpSpZ
Next up : Heart of Bernese Oberland (Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald)