Jan 29, 2013 - 10:00 AM
Today, took the gondola up from Wengen to Mannlichen and set about hiking to Kleine Scheidegg. Day was overcast but thought that if it cleared up when I reached Kleine Scheidegg, I might go up to Jungfrau.
Actually, it started snowing and the wind was pretty strong in Mannlichen. The views were great up there but they got worse as it snowed more.
It took me over 2.5 hours to do this hike, more than double the description of the hike on this site. I did take a lot of pictures because I was geotagging and wanted to record as many locations. Plus the path crossed a lot of ski runs and I didn't always spot the next purple poles ahead right away.
In the end, I would estimate having walked about 10 km. My fitbit shows about 8.36 miles, which is well over 12 km. However, my hotel is about 1 km away from the gondola and the train station.
Maybe the trail is different in the summer? Certainly would have been easier without the snow. The trail is groomed but in you veer off the trail, you sink into the snow. I did it a few times, including almost up to my waist.