The Faulhornweg in Backpacking Magazine

The Faulhornweg in Backpacking Magazine

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iplasticpi
iplasticpi
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Jun 26, 2015 - 7:18 PM

Backpacking Magazine lists the long ridge trail above Interlaken as one of the best hikes in the world, and I want to do it. But I can't find any info on it. I think that it is called The Faulhornweg. Who can help with details?

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
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Jun 26, 2015 - 8:36 PM in reply to iplasticpi

<<"Backpacking Magazine lists the long ridge trail above Interlaken as one of the best hikes in the world, and I want to do it. But I can't find any info on it. I think that it is called The Faulhornweg. Who can help with details?">>

I can, although I have never hiked it.

The hike is often named by its start and finish (or vice versa) - Schynige Platte and First.

www.myswissalps.com/hi king/first-schynigeplatte

It is a tough hike...Many average hikers find it takes longer than the 6 hours listed. There is a roughly 500-600 meter ascent and descent near Faulhorn, topping off at about 2700 meters. If you are not used to strenuous exertion at that altitude - about 1 2/3 miles high -- plan on slow going and a lot of panting on that ascent.

map.geo.admin.ch/?X=168683.93&Y=637954.1 0&zoom=5&lang=en&topic =swisstopo&bgLayer=ch. swisstopo.pixelkarte-farbe

The last public transport down from the trail heads is available from the Swiss Rail Time table

www.myswissalps.com/ti metable

From First to Grindelwald, at 1700.

From Schynige Platte to Wilderswil, at 1753.

iplasticpi
iplasticpi
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Jun 27, 2015 - 1:42 AM in reply to Slowpoke

Thanks, this helps a lot.

kim11
kim11
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Jun 28, 2015 - 12:16 AM

It is indeed Schynige Platte to First as Slowpoke says.

Here's another site with some info: walkingswitzerland.com /walks/walk_descrip/80 06/

I also describe this hike along with a number of others in a series of PDFs you can find here www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/tips-about-wengen-and-the-jungfrau-region-by-kim

Highly recommend you do it direction SP to First. Too much downhill First to SP and somehow not as glorious.

When are you thinking of going? The way is usually open from 15 June to perhaps mid-October. It is very popular.

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