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Hike from St.Jakob to Isleten in the Isenthal Valley

St. Jakob - Isenthal - Isleten

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St. Jakob - Isenthal - Isleten

Published/updated on 03.06.2016 by GabrielleMerk | 22843 points
 | Date of Tour: 22.05.2016 | Favourite Entries (5) 

Barely noticeable on the West Side of Lake Uri is a cleft in the otherwise steep cliff face, a gorge opening out to a beautiful upland valley totally hidden from view in the Reuss Valley. Hard to imagine a farming landscape up there, where until 1901 the inhabitants had to use footpaths and ladders to scale the cliffs to get in and out of the valley.

The steep zigzag road, built in 1901, was blasted out of the rock face, at places the rock so low the bus barely makes it through. The road is narrow and cars are warned not to use it at the time the bus does its run, which is only about 4 times a day.

This tour starts at the final bus stop, the valley station of the St.Jakob-Gitschenen cable car, and the lovely trail follows first the tumbling river, and then climbs along a farm road to the highest point (100m ascent) for a super view over the village of Isenthal, passes right through several farmsteads, and then heads down into the village, where you can admire the signature carved wooden crosses in the cemetery….. and the front paws of the last bear shot in the valley in 1820 displayed in a shop window.

A short piece on a paved road leads to a meadow and then a forest trail to a lookout point from which you can see right down the Reuss Valley across Flüelen to Mount Bristen, before heading down a steep but surprisingly comfortable trail with here and there a view North across the lake to Brunnen.

Once arrived at Isleten (a popular starting point for windsurfers and sailsurfers, of which you will see many crossing the lake here), you can take the boat to Brunnen if the wind is not too strong, otherwise take the bus (they run only every 3 hours) or walk to Flüelen (7km).

Published/updated on 03.06.2016 by GabrielleMerk (22843 points) | Date of Tour: 22.05.2016

Route Infos

Central Switzerland
Time Required
2 hours 15 minutes
8 km
106 m
649 m
Max. Altitude
1019 m
Min. Altitude
435 m
Season Start / Season End
April - November
Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
Points of Interest
The wooden carved grave markers at the cemetery in Isenthal. Lookout point toward Flüelen
Starting Point
St.Jakob-Gitschenen Cable Car Base Station
Starting Point with Public Transport
Return with Public Transport
Places to Eat
Isenthal, Isleten
Things to Note
You can take the bus back from Isleten (Seegarten Restaurant) or the Boat, but check schedules as they don't run often.

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Wunderschöne angenehme Tour, besonders an einem milden Frühlingstag. Auch der Abstieg...

Rating: 5/6

Hiked on 22.05.2016 by GabrielleMerk

Wunderschöne angenehme Tour, besonders an einem milden Frühlingstag. Auch der Abstieg zum Urnersee war nicht schwierig.




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