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Swissann
Swissann
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Jul 13, 2016 - 2:18 PM

Hello everyone,

My husband and I will be based in Murren for five days next week. We would like to do easy hikes and are thinking about taking the following hikes while in the area. Are the following considered easy hikes? Can any be combined in a day? Would anyone have other easy hikes to recommend? Thanks so much for any comments and suggestions you might have:

  1. Grutschalp-Winteregg-Murren
  2. Murren-Gimmelwald-Stechelberg
  3. Lauterbrunnen-Stechelberg
  4. Murren-Gimmelwald-Allmendhubel
  5. Allmendhubel-Blumental-Murren
  6. First to Bachalpsee and back
  7. Mannlichen-Kleine Scheidegg (would you continue from Kleine Scheidegg to Wengen or is that more difficult?)

Thanks so much for any suggestions!!

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Slowpoke
Slowpoke
7535 posts
expert
Jul 14, 2016 - 2:21 AM in reply to Swissann

Hi SwisssAnn -

This map will help you judge the altitude changes:

map.geo.admin.ch/?topic=inspire&X=162255 .00&Y=635815.00&zoom=6 &bgLayer=ch.swisstopo. pixelkarte-farbe&lang=en&layers=c h.swisstopo.swisstlm3d -wanderwege

Are your knees trained for downhill walking?

Slowpoke

Swissann
Swissann
9 posts
new member
Jul 14, 2016 - 2:59 AM

Thanks! The map will be very helpful. We walk 2-3 miles everyday but have done a limited amount of downhill. Would it be helpful to use trekking poles.

Arno
Arno
14372 posts
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Jul 14, 2016 - 5:33 AM

Hi Swissann,

Hike number 2 is more than 700 m of descending. Not easy on the knees! Kleine Scheidegg to Wengen is an easy path (technically), but again 800 of descending. You can just do a section of it, e.g. walk to Wengernalp and take the train from there.

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
7535 posts
expert
Jul 14, 2016 - 9:43 AM in reply to Swissann

I always use one or two hiking staffs, trekking poles, or, in German "ein Spazierstock." May two of them.

I also wear sturdy shoes or boots.

As Arno noted, watch those altitude changes, and remember that you may be at high enough altitude to find that you need to catch your breath if you hurry or climb to quickly.

Please look at the link I gave you for trail signs, and compare with the map. If the trail is "red" (that is a "mountain hiking trail, ein Bergwanderweg, you definitely should use a staff and boots or sturdy shoes with lugged soles.

Slowpoke

Last modified on Jul 14, 2016 - 3:19 PM by Slowpoke
Swissann
Swissann
9 posts
new member
Jul 14, 2016 - 3:18 PM

Thanks for the helpful hints! Sounds like catching the train at Wengernalp might be a good idea.

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
7535 posts
expert
Jul 14, 2016 - 3:22 PM in reply to Swissann

check this link, too:

www.jungfrau.ch/en/som mer/tourism/destinatio ns/kleine-scheidegg/hiking-trails/

And, the tabs at the top.

Slowpoke

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