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From the Klausen Pass to the Stäuben Falls in the Schächen Valley

Klausen Pass - Chammli - Äsch - Ribi - Unterschächen

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Klausen Pass - Chammli - Äsch - Ribi - Unterschächen

Published/updated on 05.08.2016 by GabrielleMerk | 27359 points
 | Date of Tour: 17.07.2016 | Favourite Entries (4) 

Even though the Klausen Pass is not a high pass (1948m) it receives so much snow in winter that the pass road is usually closed by November and reopens only late in May. The winding roads on both sides are motorcycle heaven (as are most of the Swiss Pass Roads) and the Pass itself is the starting point for several very nice hikes, including the popular Schächental high trail on the road side of the Schächen Valley.

Less well-known are the hiking trails on the opposite side of the valley, from which you can walk down into the Schächen Valley or all the way back into the Brunni Valley, always with fantastic views of the Klausen Road high across the valley, or to the Uri Alps in the Reuss Valley to the West. There are also some fantastic cliff formations here.

Only 1 hour and 20 minutes from the Pass is the Oberalp Cable car, one of the older open cargo cable cars converted into a passenger car. It descends to the valley near the magnificent Stäuben Falls. From Äsch (a collection of chalets near the falls) to Unterschächen is an additional leisurely hour to walk.

The ride saves a potentially steep downhill walk, although this walk is well worth it as you follow the stream that feeds the Stäuben Falls, and pass below the magnificent cliffs that you have seen from above. The view down the entire Schächen Valley as you reach the bottom of the descent is also one that should not be missed.

To recap: The hike takes 2 hours and 30 minutes if you take the cable car from Oberalp into the valley, or 3 hours 30 minutes if you walk down into the valley from Oberalp.

Published/updated on 05.08.2016 by GabrielleMerk (27359 points) | Date of Tour: 17.07.2016

Route Infos

Central Switzerland
Time Required
3 hours 30 minutes
12 km
186 m
1136 m
Max. Altitude
2056 m
Min. Altitude
994 m
Season Start / Season End
July - October
Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
Points of Interest
Fantastic cliff formations between the Pass and Oberalp. The Cable Car is also interesting.
Starting Point
Klausen Pass
Starting Point with Public Transport
Return with Public Transport
Places to Eat
Klausen Pass, Unterschächen, Alpbeizli Oberalp, Alpbeizli Chammli
Things to Note
The descent to Äsch is steep but very interesting and with a great view into the valley. The Post Bus only runs from 25 Juni-25 Sept. with additional REDUCED runs till Oct. 16th.

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Immer immer schön im Schächental, und so viele Wandermöglichkeiten. Der Abstieg ist...

Rating: 5/6

Hiked on 17.07.2016 by GabrielleMerk

Immer immer schön im Schächental, und so viele Wandermöglichkeiten. Der Abstieg ist zwar schon lang und steil. Die Seilbahn ist daher zu empfehlen.

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