Jun 25, 2019 - 8:20 AM
in reply to wanderdiva
Hi Wanderdiva -
If you are exploring hikes and are uncertain about the terrain or altitude changes, this map will show you all of the marked trails in the Wanderweg network, in considerable detail. Since it is topographic map, it shows altitudes and steepness:
map.geo.admin.ch/?topic=swisstopo&lang=e n&bgLayer=ch.swisstopo .pixelkarte-farbe&catalogNodes=139 2,1538,1396,1430,1436& layers=ch.swisstopo.sw isstlm3d-wanderwege&E=2631775.7 5&N=1142780.88&zoom=9
map.geo.admin.ch/?topic=swisstopo&lang=e n&bgLayer=ch.swisstopo .pixelkarte-farbe&catalogNodes=139 2,1538,1396,1430,1436& layers=ch.swisstopo.sw isstlm3d-wanderwege&E=2627915.4 2&N=1109761.66&zoom=7
By looking at altitudes and contour lines you can see the heights of nearby mountains and judge whether you are in a valley, for example. You can see if the trail parallels a contour line ( fairly level) or crosses contour lines ( elevation changes). Contour lines close to each other indicate a steep slope.
This link explains the color coding:
Switzerland Mobility has a a good data set for hikes all over Switzerland. I find that it takes me a bit of time to figure out how to use the site effectively, but the map is a good place to start. Or, you can search by name:
The benefit of using a topo map is that it converts the imprecise words "easy" and "moderate" or "difficult" to a more quantitative evaluation.
And, my own experience is that the "easy"trail for a Swiss hiker is "moderate" for inexperienced or out-of-shape hikers, especially at high altitudes where the air is "thinner"....lower oxygen content.
Last modified on Jun 25, 2019 - 8:21 AM by Slowpoke