Mar 13, 2011 - 7:23 AM
Hello Bill! Mid-May isn't the best season for mountain trails, as tracks at higher altitude may still be covered in snow. Chances of snow-free trails are a lot higher in June, but the best months are July, August and September (although snow can fall even then). Some mountain huts are open in May, but many of them don't offer catering yet. Please refer to the Swiss Alpine Club
mentioned above by Arno. They have an excellent overview of mountain huts, with opening and catering times.
A glacier walk can be made to the Mönchsjochhütte
, with the Jungfraujoch
as your starting point. The hut is open from April, so you may like the idea of spending your birthday there. Please note though that this is a high alpine region, requiring good shoes and water proof hiking gear.
Besides from mountain trails, there are numerous beautiful hikes to be made in the Bernese Oberland in May at lower altitude. Our overview
may help you select some routes.