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Hike from Horw to Alpnachstad on the Waldstätter Trail

Ennethorw - Brunni - Renggpass - Grossrüti - Alpnachstad

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Hike from Horw to Alpnachstad on the Waldstätter Trail

Ennethorw - Brunni - Renggpass - Grossrüti - Alpnachstad

Published/updated on 31.03.2019 by GabrielleMerk | 20974 points
 | Date of Tour: 20.03.2019 

Route no.98: "The Waldstätter Trail", is a 115-km long regional trail which circles Lake Lucerne from Brunnen to the Rütli-Meadow. The... read more >>

Route no.98: "The Waldstätter Trail", is a 115-km long regional trail which circles Lake Lucerne from Brunnen to the Rütli-Meadow. The trail has official stages but you can start and stop at many places because public transport along the way is very convenient.

Stage 4 from Lucerne to Alpnachstad is 20 km long but can easily be done in two parts. (See here for description and photos of Lucerne-Horw section). The section from Horw to Alpnachstad along the eastern flank of Mount Pilatus is a hiker's dream, especially in the Spring when high-Alpine areas are not yet accessible.

Of particular interest in this tour is the passage of the Rengg Pass, which at 885m is not high in elevation, but until 1860 was the only overland link between Canton Obwalden in the South and Lucerne in the North. The trail has been in use since the stone ages, and was the site of some historical battles and escapes.

Furthermore, this area played a significant role during WWII as a defence line, and soldiers lived in caves hewn out of the solid rock.

The tour offers a nice variety of trails, from steep forest trails nicely laid out with steps, to meadow trails, some paved roads, but mostly forest and agriculture roads. After the first steep ascent you get some spectacular views of Lake Lucerne and the Uri mountains, and on the other side of the Renggpass, views across Lake Alpnachstad all the way to the North Wall of Mount Eiger on a clear day.

** Note: Along this route near Brunni is the access to the Alp-Gschwänd cable-way, which runs almost all year round (check days closed on the website link below). There is a Berggasthaus Restaurant at the Alp, and the views are fabulous, so it might be worth taking the time for a detour up there.

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Published/updated on 31.03.2019 by GabrielleMerk (20974 points) | Date of Tour: 20.03.2019

Route Infos

Region
Central Switzerland
Time Required
3 hours 15 minutes
Distance
9 km
Ascent
587 m
Descent
595 m
Max. Altitude
881 m
Min. Altitude
435 m
Season Start / Season End
April - November
Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
Panorama
Experience
Points of Interest
Renggpass, site of the "War of Sticks" in 1802 // Caves where the soldiers lived in WWII // Pilatus Railway: Steepest cogwheel train in the world. + + + + + + + Additional history of the Renggpass: -- Austrian Troops fled through here during the Morgarten Wars in 1315. -- 1798 the French marched through here for the assault on Canton Nidwalden -- "War of the Sticks" in 1802 when the common folk revolted against the Helvetic Government.
Starting Point
Ennethorw
Starting Point with Public Transport
Destination
Alpnachstad
Return with Public Transport
Places to Eat
Alpnachstad, possibly Brunni
Things to Note
There are a couple of steep sections on the ascent especially near the pass, but should be no problem for most people. // Until 14.April 2019 there is a bus traveling between Luzern and Alpnachstad, due to construction on the railway // The Pilatus Railway opens in May. // For the detour with the Alp Gschwänd Cableway, see operation hours at this link: www.alpgschwaend.ch/panoramabahn/

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