There are plenty of impressive views along this alpine trail to Riffelalp. You will see the nearby Matterhorn, and clear weather conditions allow you to see the Bietschhorn as well, over 40 km (26 miles) away on the opposite side of the Rhone Valley.
Rotenboden can be reached by cogwheel trains which leave from Zermatt for the Gornergrat. Zermatt is car-free and can only be reached by train. Drivers can park in nearby Täsch. There are frequent train services from Täsch to Zermatt. From Riffelalp, take the train back to Zermatt.
The hiking route
Follow the signs to the Riffelsee, a beautiful small mountain lake.
Pass by the Riffelsee at its right side and go straight ahead at the fork.
Start following the signs to Riffelalp/Furi from the next junction.
Turn right at the chapel of Riffelberg. There is a train station at Riffelberg, so you may end your hike here if desired.
Follow the signs to Riffelalp. A bit later, at a fork, you should take the left path to Riffelalp, not the right one.
Keep heading for Riffelalp. You will pass by a church just before Riffelalp.
From Riffelalp, follow the signs to the station of the cog train. This path leads along a hotel and a tramway that connects the hotel with the Riffelalp train stop.
Rotenboden-Riffelsee-Riffelalp hiking trail on a map