Fantastic views alternate on this hike with sweaty climbs and refreshing mountain lakes. The path to the crystal-clear, deep blue shimmering Jöriseen lakes in the area between the Lower Engadine and Davos is rewarded with numerous highlights!
To take it straight from the start: next time we would probably do it differently and start our hike not already in Susch but only at the Prà Dadoura stop on the Flüela pass road. That way you could save yourself the first ascent on the forest road and spend more time at the Jöriseen lakes. But we are lucky: two paragliders take us the first 500 metres of altitude difference in their car – and so there is still enough time for a nap in the sun.
My colleague and I really got going when we reached an altitude of 1900 metres, from where we walked along the panoramic path towards Alp Fless Dadoura: at first relatively flat and with fantastic views, then a little steeper through the woods down to the stream Aua da Fless (you can also get there from Prà Dadoura). On the alpine road we continue up the stream until we reach Alp Fless Dadaint, where we take a first small break to strengthen ourselves for the upcoming ascent.
The path to the Jöriflesspass is rather steep at the beginning but not exposed and therefore easy to do. Zigzagging over the flower-covered alpine pastures and with a view of a small waterfall, the path climbs quickly and after a good half hour we reach a hilltop. But we have to bury the hope that this could already be the pass summit. The path now climbs again moderately and after another good half hour we cross one last tiny snowfield and reach the Jöriflesspass.
At the latest now we know for sure: every welding bead was worth it! The lake district at about 2550 m above sea level offers new highlights behind every bend. The choice at which of the crystal clear and deep blue shimmering lakes we should take our lunch break is correspondingly difficult. On the penultimate of the seven lakes we pass, we finally make ourselves comfortable on the shore. While others bravely (but obviously with a lot of effort) swim a lap, a footbath in the cold water is already cooling enough for us.
Strengthened, we set off for the final stage in the afternoon. In order to reach the pass Jöriflüelafurgga and thus the highest point of the hike (2740 m above sea level), we have to hold on a little longer. The last ascent is a tough one and leads over slightly rocky terrain with a few large drops towards the end. Thanks to ropes at one point or another, however, this passage is easy to do. And the best: from up here we get another fantastic panoramic view of the Jöriseen.
Now we're heading downhill, first over slightly rough terrain, then across alpine meadows with peacefully grazing cows. Our destination is the Wägerihus bus stop on the Flüela pass road, from where we take the post bus back to Susch. It is advisable to plan your time well here so that you can get a connection as soon as possible.
Our conclusion: a wonderful hike with short, demanding sections, which is particularly impressive because of the enchanting landscape on the high plateau with the Jöris lakes.