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Intschi-Arni Summit Station as seen from the trail to the look-out point.
From the Chänzeli Look-out point up and down the Reuss Valley
From the Chänzeli Look-out point into the Maderanertal Valley
Walk around Lake Arnisee (East Side)
West side of Lake Arnisee, popular picnic spot for families
Junction into the Leitschach Valley to the NW
Most of the tour is along this comfortable mountain road.
Descent to Gurtnellen, either through meadows or along the many roads.
Gurtnellen Dorf across from the Church
For the entire tour you have these views into the Reuss and Maderaner Valleys
Summit Station Intschi-Arni - Chänzeli - Arnisee - Heissigegg - Gurtnellen Dorf
Published/updated on 24.05.2019 by GabrielleMerk | 24365 points | Date of Tour: 07.07.2015
Easy hike in the beautiful Uri Alps from Lake Arnisee to the mountain village of Gurtnellen.
The hike starts at the summit of the Intschi-Arni Cableway where there is a restaurant where you can get some refreshments before starting on the walk. It is just a short distance to the idyllic lake with its picnic area where you can do your own barbecueing. There is a path all around the lake, and a lesser-know path takes you along the South side to a look-out point from where you see down the Reuss Valley toward the Gotthard region, and particularly beautifully into the Maderaner Valley across the way.
From the lake the level wide mountain road takes you first past the Sennerei where the local farmer sells yoghurts and cheeses, then winds through the hillside high above the Reuss Valley, offering some pretty magnificent views the entire way.
For the descent to Gurtnellen you can choose to continue along the road or take the prettier trails cutting through the meadows. In Gurtnellen Dorf are two restaurants, where you can enjoy the peaceful mountain air while waiting for the little bus that takes you to Gurtnellen Wiler at the bottom of the Reuss Valley.
NOTE: There is a larger community called Gurtnellen Wiler at the bottom of the Reuss Valley, as well as the smaller mountain hamlet of the same name. The bus from Gurtnellen Dorf runs only a few times per day down to Gurtnellen Wiler, so check the schedule carefully (also pdf attached for 2019).
Lake Arnisee is a popular picnic spot so expect lots of people on weekends // There is a parking lot at Intschi if coming by car. Cable car costs 10 SFr. one way, no discounts for GA or 1/2-fare card. Runs every 20 minutes xx:55, xx:15, xx35 except over lunch (no rides between 11:55 and 12:55) see link for more details // The bus from Gurtnellen Dorf runs only a few times per day, so check the schedule carefully (also pdf attached for 2019). // Some people find the descent to Gurtnellen somewhat steep. There is an option to follow paved roads the whole way.
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