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Glacier Trail near the Susten Pass

Steingletscher Bus Stop - Steinsee - Seeboden - Steingletscher

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Glacier Trail near the Susten Pass

Steingletscher Bus Stop - Steinsee - Seeboden - Steingletscher

Published/updated on 19.08.2017 by GabrielleMerk | 12945 points
 | Date of Tour: 29.07.2017 | Favourite Entries (2) 

This little round tour is a perfect hidden gem, situated just off the Susten Pass road near the pass, and makes for a wonderful break... read more >>

This little round tour is a perfect hidden gem, situated just off the Susten Pass road near the pass, and makes for a wonderful break when driving for hours along the Swiss Pass roads. The entire four kilometers take about 1.5 to 2 hours to hike, and present to the viewer a wide variety of beautiful Swiss landscapes: A glacier lake, a glacier, an upland moor of national importance sprinkled with sparkling ponds and lakes, alpine vegetation, stunning views into the Haslital Valley and the jagged peaks of the Fünffingerstock Massif and Gadmerflue. And most of all, an opportunity to stretch the legs and experience the Swiss Alps right up close without a lot of effort!

This tour takes you first to the Stein Lake from which you can view the Stein Glacier as you walk along the trail to the back of the lake (perhaps you might also see people walking across the glacier). Back on the road and a short walk to the South brings you to a jumble of boulders which is the junction for the uphill climb to the wonderland that is the Seeboden Nature Reserve. Up here the views are magnificent, as the trail wanders through a landscape of ponds and upper lakes. In this part of the nature reserve it is not forbidden to leave the trail, so short detours to the ponds are permitted.

The downhill stretch on which you return to the Steingletscher parking lot or bus stop is steep at places, so care must be taken on the descent, but it is not particularly difficult. Before crossing the bridge to the road, you pass an Alp Dairy where you can buy locally made cheeses.

"Small but sweet" is what you can call this tour, but the hiking season is short up here, from about mid-June to mid-October. For sure the Post Bus only runs in this period, and only twice per day in each direction, so if coming by bus, plan the trip in advance.

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Published/updated on 19.08.2017 by GabrielleMerk | 12945 points
 | Date of Tour: 29.07.2017 | Favourite Entries (2)

Route Infos

Region
Central Switzerland
Time Required
2 hours
Distance
4 km
Ascent
280 m
Descent
280 m
Max. Altitude
2087 m
Min. Altitude
1863 m
Season Start / Season End
June - October
Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
Panorama
Experience
Points of Interest
Stein Lake, Stein Glacier, all the ponds in the reserve, Alp Dairy shop at Steingletscher (sells home-made cheese).
Starting Point
Steingletscher Bus Stop
Starting Point with Public Transport
Destination
Steingletscher Bus Stop
Return with Public Transport
Places to Eat
Steingletscher
Things to Note
If coming by bus, there are only two buses per day in each direction across the Susten Pass. Also, the bus runs only from the 24th of June to the 15th of October.

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