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    From Gitschenen near Isenthal to the Engelberg Valley

    Gitschenen - Hinter Jochli - Bärfallen - Niederrickenbach

    From Gitschenen near Isenthal to the Engelberg Valley

    Gitschenen - Hinter Jochli - Bärfallen - Niederrickenbach

    In the hidden valley of Isenthal just off Lake Lucerne near Flüelen there are many options for some very spectacular walks and hikes, ranging from short informational walks for children, to 7-hour mountain tours.

    A popular 4-hour hike is the one that that starts at the summit station of the St.Jakob-Gitschenen cable car and crosses the Hinter Jochli Pass then continues to Klewenalp on Lake Lucerne, from where you descend with another cable car to Beckenried.

    Our hike is a variation on this one, with the destination of the pilgrim village of Niederrickenbach in the Engelberg Valley. The main reason for this choice is that the descent with the cable car is free for holders of the SBB GA pass. But the small village with its cloister always offers a sense of peace an idyll after a long walk.

    The hike is a typical Alp hike with some steep uphill and downhill portions and a crossing of a saddle from one canton to another. Any exertion is quickly forgotten when you can stop every few minutes to refresh your spirit with the gigantic views. Reaching the highest point and descending to the next valley always brings that sense of achievement.


    Published on 14.05.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 03.10.2015
    Published on 14.05.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 03.10.2015

    Route Details

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    Central Switzerland
    Time Required
    3 hours 45 minutes
    9 km
    554 m
    946 m
    Season Start / Season End
    June - October
    Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
    Points of Interest
    Pilgrim village of Maria-Rickenbach
    Starting Point
    Gitschenen Summit Station of Cable Car.
    Starting Point with Public Transport
    Niederrickenbach Summit Station of Cable Car
    Return with Public Transport
    Places to Eat
    Gitschenen, Pilgerhaus Maria-Rickenbach
    Hotel Pilgerhaus in Maria-Rickenbach
    Things to Note
    Both Cable Cars are open all year Round, GA is valid for free ride from Niederrickenbach Village to Niederrickenbach in the Engelberg Valley.

    Route Description

    00:00 Start of Tour at Gitschenen Bergstation. Go in the direction of Hinter Jochli. There is a good hour of steep uphill climbing from here, with a rest stop at a view bench at an Alp Cabin about half-way up.

    01:15 Arrive at Trail Marker "Bi den Seelenen". This is the end of the steepest portion of climbing. Continue toward Hinter Jochli.

    01:45 Reach highest point of tour, the saddle at Hinter Jochli. Continue downhill now toward Klewenalp.

    02:15 Approx. 20-25 minutes down the hill, leave the trail and cut across the meadow to the left toward the old stables, and follow the farmer's driveway westward for about 10 minutes until you hit the road that heads to the Brisenhaus. Cross this road and continue heading Westward on the unofficial path along the North flank of the hill. In about 15 minutes you should be at the Bärfallen Trail Marker.

    02:45 Reach the saddle at Bärfallen. Continue in the direction of Ahorn / Niederrickenbach. From here it is downhill to the Ahorn-Alp.

    03:20 Reach the Ahorn-Alp Cabin. From here the path goes pretty level for another 25 minutes to the pilgrim village of Maria Rickenbach.

    03:45 Reach the Cable Car station at Niederrickenbach / Maria-Rickenbach for the trip down into the Engelberg Valley.






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