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    From St.Jakob to Isleten in the Isenthal Valley

    St. Jakob - Isenthal - Isleten

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    From St.Jakob to Isleten in the Isenthal Valley

    St. Jakob - Isenthal - Isleten

    Published on 03.06.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 22.05.2016

    Barely noticeable on the West Side of Lake Uri is a cleft in the otherwise steep cliff face, a gorge opening out to a beautiful upland valley totally hidden from view in the Reuss Valley. Hard to imagine a farming landscape up there, where until 1901 the inhabitants had to use footpaths and ladders to scale the cliffs to get in and out of the valley.

    The steep zigzag road, built in 1901, was blasted out of the rock face, at places the rock so low the bus barely makes it through. The road is narrow and cars are warned not to use it at the time the bus does its run, which is only about 4 times a day.

    This tour starts at the final bus stop, the valley station of the St.Jakob-Gitschenen cable car, and the lovely trail follows first the tumbling river, and then climbs along a farm road to the highest point (100m ascent) for a super view over the village of Isenthal, passes right through several farmsteads, and then heads down into the village, where you can admire the signature carved wooden crosses in the cemetery….. and the front paws of the last bear shot in the valley in 1820 displayed in a shop window.

    A short piece on a paved road leads to a meadow and then a forest trail to a lookout point from which you can see right down the Reuss Valley across Flüelen to Mount Bristen, before heading down a steep but surprisingly comfortable trail with here and there a view North across the lake to Brunnen.

    Once arrived at Isleten (a popular starting point for windsurfers and sailsurfers, of which you will see many crossing the lake here), you can take the boat to Brunnen if the wind is not too strong, otherwise take the bus (they run only every 3 hours) or walk to Flüelen (7km).



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    Published on 03.06.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 22.05.2016

    Route Details 

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    Central Switzerland
    Time Required
    2 hours 15 minutes
    8 km
    106 m
    649 m
    Season Start / Season End
    April - November
    Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
    Points of Interest
    The wooden carved grave markers at the cemetery in Isenthal. Lookout point toward Flüelen
    Starting Point
    St.Jakob-Gitschenen Cable Car Base Station
    Starting Point with Public Transport
    Return with Public Transport
    Places to Eat
    Isenthal, Isleten
    Things to Note
    You can take the bus back from Isleten (Seegarten Restaurant) or the Boat, but check schedules as they don't run often.

    Route Description 

    00:00 Start at the St. Jakob Valley Station of the Gitschenen Cable car (last stop on the Post Bus Route) and walk toward Isenthal. The trail follows the river for the first part.

    00:20 Cross the river and start heading up on the other side. The trail goes up 100 altitude meters through a couple of farmsteads.

    00:40 Reach the highest point where you get a super view into the valley. Follow the trail markers to Isenthal.

    01:15 Reach Isenthal. Follow the trail markers toward Isleten (Cross the bridge to the right after the village, then follow the road to the left for 200m, turns into a meadow trail. 1 km later the trail enters the forest)

    01:50 Reach the lookout point where you get a fantastic view South into the Reuss Valley, across the lake and all the way to Mount Bristen. Continue toward Isleten.

    02:15 Reach the Bus Stop at across from the Restaurant Seegarten in Isleten. This bus doesn't run often, so check the schedules (only 4 buses, approx. every 3 hours)

    Other options for a return via public transportation are the boat (boat docks 30m along the road toward the North), or to walk to Flüelen (6.5 km, 1.5 hours, at least half of this is along the road).





    Angenehme leichte Wanderung mit vielen schönen Aussichten.
    Hiked on 22.05.2016 by UrnerUrs
    Angenehme leichte Wanderung mit vielen schönen Aussichten.



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