Hut to hut hiking in June 2010

Hut to hut hiking in June 2010

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aktode
aktode
2 posts
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May 28, 2010 - 1:11 AM
Hello Hello,
We are hoping to take a 3 day hike the last week in June. I know it has been cold and am not sure where we will be able to hike and not have to worry too much about snow... walking over a little snow is fine.. but we do not have cramp ons or any technical equipment. We would also love to stay in little huts that you have to hike to instead of hotels in small towns... we love beeing in the outdoors and camping but do not want to carry our pots and pans and tent. We are in our early 30's and don't mind a long day but would rather hike about 6 hours a day and relax and enjoy ourselves... a little shorter or longer is not a problem.... we are not picky just love beeing outside in the mountains and beautiful sceanery...any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance
Arno
Arno
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May 28, 2010 - 9:45 AM
Hello aktode, and welcome to this forum!

The snow is indeed something to watch out for. That goes for any time of the year by the way. Even in mid-July, snow may cover high altitude trails for a couple of days when bad weather sets in. So please be sure to check the local conditions the evening before you leave (the tourist office can help), or, if possible, the morning you leave. For now, a way to prepare and find a suitable route could be to find a not too high hut first, and then construct a route to and from that hut.

The Swiss Alpine Club has an excellent website to find (and book) huts. You can first select your preferred region and then start looking for huts located at lower altitudes which are catered in June. For example: the Glärnischhütte is located at 1,990 m and catered in weekends in June. The nearby Bockmattlihütte is opened during weekends as well and located at 1,500 m. Just an example of two huts that are less likely to be covered in snow in June, and in the same region so you could combine them into one long route.

I hope this helps. Hut to hut hiking is not my speciality. Perhaps other forum visitors can provide some tips as well. It would be great if you could post your final planning here!
muveran
muveran
13 posts
new member
Jun 5, 2010 - 3:44 PM
My proposal:
Day 1
Train to Engelberg
Hike (or cablecars): Engelberg 996m - Flüematt - Ristis 1600m - Brunnihütte 1860m, 2.30 h:
http://brunnihuette.ch/
http://www.sac-engelberg.ch/sitee/index.php?content=brunni

Day 2:
Walenpfad Brunnihütte - Bannalp - Chrüzhütte 1713m
At the moment the trail is yet closed, but I think until end of June, it will be open. See:
Open trails: http://www.brunni.ch/aktuell/oeffnung-bahnanlagen.html

Day 3:
Chrüzhütte - Haghütte - Sinsgauer Schonegg 1924m - Sulztal - Gitschenen 1550m, 4 h
Cablecar or walk down to St.Jakob 960m (1.30 h)
Bus to Flüelen train station
Annika
Annika
4355 posts
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Jun 7, 2010 - 12:40 PM
Hello muveran, thank you for posting such a detailed route! I hope this helps you out, aktode!
aktode
aktode
2 posts
new member
Jun 14, 2010 - 8:46 AM
Thanks you so much for your suggestions and detailed hikes....What a great help!!!! So would you choose Engelberg over grindelwald? I was thinking about Grindelwald, faulhorn and first... untill I read your post. is Engelberg just as beautiful but less touristy? again thank you so much
aktode
muveran
muveran
13 posts
new member
Jun 15, 2010 - 5:31 AM
The Faulhorn hike is just as beautiful; but as it is 2681m high, the hut opens only at the end of June http://www.berghotel-faulhorn.ch - maybe too late for you?
On the other hand, the walenpfad over Engelberg is still closed at the moment - just watch the mentioned site "open trails".

Both attractive places are touristy in summer holiday (starting 7th July), but before - if you don't choose a weekend - you will enjoy the landscape almost for yourselves...

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