Jul 16, 2020 - 11:21 PM
in reply to asn89
Being generally restricted to UK school holidays, I often visit Switzerland in mid-late August and have done plently of hiking in the Engadine.
Some points based on my experience:
1) if you end up going earlier (eg June) for hiking, there will be lots of hiking you can do at altitudes where the snow will be long gone.
2) related to above, lower altitude hiking with the high mountains constantly as backdrop can be just as beautiful as high altitude hiking, and often more 'relaxing'. For example there is a lovely level walk from Spinas, done the valley to Bever, then across to the side of the valley avoiding Samedan and round the hillside to the Muragl area, thence Pontresina.
3) A well know 'sport' is to walk between stations on the Rhatische Bahn railway. You can vary the length of hike depending on how you feel. With my wife we have done both 'further than originally planned' and less far then originally planned' - eg you can walk along the valley from Bever towards Scuol, and curtail your walk at any of the stations along the route. We did this once and went as far as Zuoz from Bever having only planned to walk as far as Madulain.
4) When hiking, you won't really notice any 'peak season'. It's not as if Swiss hiking paths are like central Manhattan! As I said above I often hike in Mid August and you can walk in many places without seeing huge numbers of other people