Panoramic hike from Grindelwald to Schwarzwaldalp
I don’t have a favourite hike, I just love that I have the choice to go somewhere else every time. As they are changing with the seasons it is even harder to pick one as number one
One hike that I do every year at least once is the hike from Grindelwald over the Grosse Scheidegg and down to Schwalzwaldalp. I normally drive to the parking of the Hotel Wetterhorn in Grindelwald and then start from there but you can just as easy get there by public transport: take the Bus from Grindelwald train station to the stop “Oberer Gletscher”.
There are different ways to hike up to the Grosse Scheidegg but the path over “Ischboden” is my favourite - maybe because I have spent some wonderful summer days there as a kid. At first the trail goes through the forest for a little way and then through alpine meadows with old trees under the face of the Wetterhorn mountain. In spring time there is a big variety of alpine flowers and in autumn I just love the colours and the deep blue sky.
After a steeper few turns up the mountain the trail takes a turn to the left (on the right side is the start of the alpine hike to the Glecksteinhütte - this will be subject to a future secret tip…)
From this point on you are walking through the local herd of cows. The cattle is used to hikers and also dogs, so you don’t have to worry about their horns. I still advice to take a look back every now and then to enjoy the scenery and the view of the Eiger and the valley of Grindelwald.
Once you have reached the Restaurant Grosse Scheidegg you are at the highest point of this hike. Fron here the path leads down through the nature reserve to the Schwarzwaldalp. You can enjoy views of the Wetterhorn, the Wellhorn and the Engelhorn and their glaciers. In my opinion, this side of the hike is very different from the way up on the Grindelwald side. Instead of cows you can see traces of the local wild life and the view opens to the region of the Haslital
Once you have reached the restaurant Schwarzwaldalp I really recommend to take a break there. They have a small seasonal menu with local specialities and I really love their desserts and the home-made ice cream. Close to the restaurant is a little mill that you can visit and the clean mountain stream is perfect to cool your feet.
From the Schwarzwaldalp you can take the Bus (a yellow Postauto) back to Grindelwald train station. The busses are running frequently, the last bus is leaving Schwarzwaldalp at 5pm.
All together the hike is about 10 kilometers long and there are about 750 meter altitude to conquer. The hike took us about 2.5 hours last week. As you can see in the pictures there was still a lot of snow – we’ve had a winter with a lot of snow, normally the snow is gone this time of the year.
I recommend to do this as a day trip and maybe visit the village of Grindelwald on the way back (I really like to place “coffee & more” at the main street)
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