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Aclatobel Forest Reserve in the Safien Valley

Safiental (Carfil) - Aclatobel Reserve - Rhäzüns

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Aclatobel Forest Reserve in the Safien Valley

Safiental (Carfil) - Aclatobel Reserve - Rhäzüns

Published on 06.08.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 24.07.2016

The Aclatobel Forest Reserve in the Safien Valley is 365 hectares of untouched forest where trees may grow as nature intended, and unique ecosystems flourish. No trees are cut down here and fallen trees are not removed, so there is old forest with a huge variety of trees, some quite rare like the European Yew. This area is a study in how an untouched forest grows and copes with the changing landscape created by churning streams and waterfalls, crumbling cliffs and sliding slopes.

The hike to and through the Reserve on the East side of the Valley (there is also a large part on the West side although less accessible) is a relatively easy hike with only a couple of narrow sections. Along the way you pass through tunnels and along cliff walls. The views into the steep ravine and Northward along the Safien Valley are quite spectacular. Across the valley you can see the road from Versam to the back of the Safienvalley.

Once out of the Reserve area, the landscape turns into butterfly-filled meadows and sections of forest. The only options to reach public transport are to walk back the same way to the starting point, or out of the valley to Versam or to Rhäzüns. Our selected tour to Rhäzüns was mostly through forest (some sections with lots of roots) and only a couple of grandiose views to the Rhine Canyon. The alternate route to Versam takes about the same amount of time, but is mostly along paved roads.

A point to note: Access to the Safien Valley with public transport (train from Chur and bus from Versam) is a wonderful experience in itself as you travel through the beautiful Rhine Canyon with view of the fantastic cliffs as you ascend the winding road by bus.

 

 

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Published on 06.08.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 24.07.2016

Route Details 

Region
Graubünden
Time Required
4 hours 15 minutes
Distance
15 km
Ascent
316 m
Descent
881 m
Season Start / Season End
July - October
Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
Panorama
Experience
Points of Interest
Aclatobel Forest Reserve, Egschi Dam
Starting Point
Bus Stop Carfil
Starting Point with Public Transport
Destination
Rhäzüns
Return with Public Transport
Places to Eat
Rhäzüns
Things to Note
The castle in Rhäzüns cannot be visited.
Adresses and Links
https://goo.gl/028qGA (German only)

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Atemberaubendes Tal, schön wie der Wald unbehindert wachsen darf.

Hiked on 24.07.2016 by GabrielleMerk

Atemberaubendes Tal, schön wie der Wald unbehindert wachsen darf.

 

 

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