|Vorder Schwarzesee (Sparenmoos)|
|Height||Climbing height - length|
|1621m (1778m)||674m - 8 km (831m - 10.8 km) (Zweisimmen Dorf)
691m - 8.2 km (848m - 11 km) (Zweisimmen east)
763m - 9.1 km (920m - 11.9 km ) (Garstatt)
|3 (5)||4 (5)|
|How to get there||
This is a climb that is often overlooked and it does indeed go to a pass, even if there is no official pass name here. The start most mentioned elsewhere is in Garstatt (858m) by the alternative road to the Jaunpass/Col de Bellegarde/Bruchbergpass (1508m) (very much recommended). This climb is steady and hard toward the last 1/3 of the climb to Sparenmoos.This last part is also climbed if one start in Zweisimmen (I took the normal road up at the end of Zweisimmen (930m)), but there is a road that could be used through Zweisimmen that meets the other as they go above Zweisimmen. This road was newly asphalted when I was there in 2011 through the wooded steeper part. It is quite lovely when you get up a bit on this road. After the steep part to the pass at the gravel road turn-off for Vorder Schwarzesee (1621m), you do well to continue the climb to the end of the asphalt at Nüjeberg/Schiltenegg (1778m). This last part is varying and you get good views up above Sparenmoos.
|Other comments||There is one or two restaurants up here around Sparenmoos. There were at least two local cyclists on the road when I was there (one managed to go up on a road bike with his child in a carry-on behind the bicycle and I met him at the steepest place fighting his way up and had to give him thumbs up for that!). I believe it is quite popular with mountain bikers as they could continue at the end of the asphalt road to visit other nice places up here. See also: Hornberg/Uf de Chesslesattel (1814m), Gestelenpass/Meieberg (1853m) and Mittelberg/Grubenbergpass (1634m).