Jul 10, 2016 - 8:10 AM
I will be visiting Zermatt for a day, and am keen to do some walking. I am of average fitness and usually do the yellow sign walks. I am not a mountaineer!
In Zermatt is it correct that low lying cloud tends to come in early afternoon? Would it therefore be safer to hike in the morning when you can see the paths properly? (I appreciate weather is very changeable in any case).
I am thinking of taking the funicular to Sunegga and either walking the botanical path to Blauherd or taking the gondola (will there be lots of flowers out at the end of July?). Then walk to Stellisee lake, Grinjisee lake, Grunsee lake (I know this is part of the 5 Lake Walk). Then I'm hoping to find signs for the walk to Riffelalp. Will I find these signs and is there an easier route to Riffelalp if there is more than one? How long would it take to do the walk Blauherd to Riffelalp please and is it well signposted and easy enough for a reasonably fit adult to do?
Thereafter if there's time, train to Gornergrat, back to Rotenboden, then walk to Riffelalp via Riffelsee. Then train back to Zermatt.
I will have from say 11am to 5pm in Zermatt. If the above itinerary is too much, what would you recommend I should cut out please? I personally like decent, well sign posted paths through grassy, flowery areas with amazing mountain views (like at Wengen and Murren), rather than grey, barren and rocky terrain.
Many thanks in advance for any help anyone can give.