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    From Stels to St.Antönien via the High Moors

    Stels-Mottis - Stelsersee - St.Antönien

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    From Stels to St.Antönien via the High Moors

    Stels-Mottis - Stelsersee - St.Antönien

    Published on 12.07.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 09.07.2016

    The hills in the Prättigau region of Switzerland (near the border to Austria) are full of soft moor (peat bog) landscapes including a very pretty lake called the Stelsersee (left-over from glacial retreat) which apparently is the highest altitude waterlily lake in Europe.

    Trails through the peat bogs are nicely prepared with boards for crossing, to make walking easier and to protect the landscape. Nevertheless, the ground can be wet and marshy in many places, especially after long periods of rain.

    There are a couple of steep uphill sections but rewarding because there are lots of wonderful views of all the surrounding Alps, especially to the craggy mountains forming the border to Austria on the East side.

    From the starting point at the Gasthaus Mottis on the Stelserberg (where the food is very good and reasonably priced) you can take the cleaner and more direct route via a paved road to the little Lake, or a more varied trail through lush vegetation along the East side off the hill. (After so much rain this spring, it was very muddy and difficult to walk, and therefore recommended only after longer dry periods). Near the lake is another restaurant with great views of the Schesaplana peaks, but a popular one on Sundays.

    This tour can also be done in the other direction. The bus ride to or from Stels-Mottis is an interesting one as the small Post Bus navigates many hair-pin turns on a single-lane road.



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    Published on 12.07.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 09.07.2016

    Route Details 

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    Time Required
    3 hours 45 minutes
    10 km
    424 m
    485 m
    Season Start / Season End
    May - October
    Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
    Points of Interest
    High Moor Lake (Stelsersee), Peat Bog landscapes, Schesaplana Peaks on Austrian border.
    Starting Point
    Berggasthaus Mottis
    Starting Point with Public Transport
    Return with Public Transport
    Places to Eat
    Stels (Mottis), Stelsersee, St. Antönien
    Things to Note
    Ground can be pretty wet especially after long periods of rain, so expect dirty shoes.

    Route Description 

    00:00 Start at the bus stop Stels-Mollis and head in the direction "Stelsersee".

    00:05 Reach a junction. To the right the paved road goes to the Stelsersee Gasthaus Zum See in another 35 minutes. For a more varied hike take the left and at the next junction (2 minutes) the trail to the right. Keep to the left of the Farmhouse up ahead and keep following the red/white markers.

    00:25 Reach another junction with a sign to "Wäschchrut" but keep on the upper trail toward Stelsersee.

    00:40 Reach a junction where the trail goes straight up the hill. Follow the red/white markers to another junction with a gate on the right, go through the gate to the Restaurant.

    00:55 Reach the Gasthaus zum See. The tour continues along the paved road toward Stelsersee. Keep on the paved road past the first turn-off toward the lake, and turn left further on down the road at the second turn-off. (approx. 10 mins. from the restaurant).

    01:05 Reach the little pond. To continue, follow the trail to the left of the pond, and then turn right onto the trail that goes up the Stelserberg, in the direction of St.Antönien. There is a steady climb from here, about 150m.

    01:45 Reach a junction, take the lefthand trail toward St.Antönien.

    02:10 Continue along the trail to St.Antönien. (Not Valpun)

    02:35 At this next junction turn left and continue along, passing through several moor areas with boardwalks, and forests with lots of roots on the trail and continue until you reach the paved road that goes to St.Antönien.

    03:10 Reach the paved road, continue along the road until the cluster of houses called Bord, then turn right off the main street and continue down the hill past the Restaurant called Michelshof.

    03:30 Past the Michelshof restaurant, turn right, then left again at the paved road which you follow into the town.

    03:40 Reach St.Antönien





    Sehr abwechslungsreiche Tour. Die Seerosen sind wunderschön. Schade, dass die Wege so...
    Hiked on 10.07.2016 by UrnerUrs
    Sehr abwechslungsreiche Tour. Die Seerosen sind wunderschön. Schade, dass die Wege so nass waren.



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