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    Across the Hochhamm Ridge in the Appenzell

    Schönengrund - Hochhamm - Restaurant Hochhamm - Schönengrund

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    Across the Hochhamm Ridge in the Appenzell

    Schönengrund - Hochhamm - Restaurant Hochhamm - Schönengrund

    Published on 07.12.2015 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 06.12.2015

    Ridge hikes are always popular, and this round trip from Schönengrund in the Appenzell to the Hochhamm Ridge offers some fantastic panorama views across the Alpstein Massif and Mount Säntis in the South all the way across Lake Constance in the North. Furthermore, the hike up to the ridge is not too strenuous, and depending on weather conditions, might also be possible to do in the winter months.

    There are many various trails going up to the ridge and back down (some more direct) but this suggestion is a bit longer to allow for more time along the actual ridge trail.

    Half-way across the ridge you can enjoy a coffee or something light to eat while admiring the view of Mount Säntis. The Bergrestaurant Hochhamm claims to be open every weekend during the year, and during the week if the weather is good.

    There are a few steep spots on the way down (slippery when wet) so care must be taken. A map is advisable as the trail markers point to the most direct route down, whereas it is definitely worth taking a longer more round-about route through the lovely Appenzell hills back to Schönengrund.



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    Published on 07.12.2015 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 06.12.2015

    Route Details 

    Download GPS-File / SwitzerlandMobility Map
    Download GPS-File / SwitzerlandMobility Map
    Eastern Switzerland and Liechtenstein
    Time Required
    3 hours 30 minutes
    10 km
    500 m
    500 m
    Season Start / Season End
    March - November
    Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
    Starting Point
    Village of Schönengrund / Wald
    Starting Point with Public Transport
    Village of Schönengrund / Wald
    Return with Public Transport
    Places to Eat
    Bergrestaurant Hochhamm, Schönengrund
    Things to Note
    Muddy slippery descent in winter months if there has been snow on the trail.

    Route Description 

    Since this route is not the direct route to the Hochhamm ridge, it is recommended to print the SwissMobility map detail and follow the route as traced.

    00:00 Leave the bus stop and walk into the village away from the main road. The trail up to the ridge goes toward the right. Refer to the map

    01:05 Arrive at the Chäseren Trail Marker on the ridge. From here you turn left and keep going up the ridge to the restaurant.

    01:40 Arrive at Bergrestaurant Hochhamm. From here walk in the direction of Hochhamm Gipfel.

    02:00 Here is the summit and highest point of the Hochhamm Ridge. (1275 m). Keep going straight on this path, which begins its descent. Refer to the map for the descent.

    02:45 Tüfenberg, in direction of Schönengrund.

    03:30 Back in Schönengrund at the Bus Stop.





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