I'm doing it in two portions.
First, today, will be to consider following the trail shown in Switzerland Mobility, at:
It has the advantage of being a known and marked trail, and that web page has lots of useful information about it, such as a height profile. Next post...probably tomorrow.... I'll discuss a possible diversion which may be worth considering.
We know from the Giessbach Hotel "map," (I quote - "A wonderfully scenic route over mostly open land, well maintained trail, suitable for children’s buggies). We also read Steph's observation of one end of the trail near the Giessbach Hotel, and this comment from the Switzerland Mobility web site:
<<"After a short walk you reach the Mülibach Falls - a wonderful, mystic
spot above Iseltwald. You hike along a well maintained hiking trail
through a forest, then across open fields with views of Lake Brienz to
reach the impressive Giessbach Falls, which cascade over 14 steps into
that the trail is "well maintained."
I have looked through my files of paper maps, and found the one that I carried as I did the walk in June, 1996. My memory has faded somewhat , and my notes are not complete, but I can recall recall some general items. Indeed, the trail ( I took it from the Giessbach toward Iseltwald) is a good trail in my memory. I diverted partway along the trail to Iseltwald, and headed downhill , which diverted route I shall discuss further after some more general information, in my next post in this thread, probably tomorrow.
So, the first task is to figure out where there might be some problems for a stroller if you follow the Switzerland Mobility route. As a way to do this, I have started with their map , made a screen grab, and added some comments in my first attachment. Take a look at that attachment. I have circled two areas of concern. I'll discuss the first one in this post.
I then switched to the maps of the SwissTopo website -
which have the advantage that you can turn trail color markings on and off on the map.. As a reminder, the yellow trails are suitable for walking with ordinary (but sturdy) shoes. They will have a good surface, which may have loose gravel, and may be steep. They do not have to be level.
I have attached two marked up maps, screen grabs from the SwissTopo map,focusing for this post only on the Iseltwald area circled in the first attachment. The ship landing is noted.
I have also attached one poor quality photo from Wiki. There are better ones, particularly one useful stock photo from Alamy, which may be copyrighted, at this link. Since it may be copyrighted, I did not copy it here.
The comments I marked on the map, and the images point out a couple of problems.
First, the climb up the hill to reach the the trail is is quite steep. You do not climb all the way up to where the patch of green shows. You climb to just above the autoroute. You cannot see the autoroute in the Wiki Photo. In the Alamy photo, it is visible on the hill side in the right hand part of the image.
In the marked up map, with color coded trails, you can see an arrow pointing to a jagged line, just above the autoroute,near the number 634..
If you look at the actual map on the website, linked here, and zoomed in, near the blue triangle, you can see that there is climb of about 40 meters in a distance of about 50 meters, to get to the marked trail:
That is really steep. I don't think that you could manage that.
However, on the map that I have marked up, I have put a green line beside another trail, on a road, close to the autoroute, which doe not go to the Mülibach falls, but, instead offers a short cut to the trail to Giessbach. It still climbs about 35 meters before connecting with the trail, but it is done over about 300 meters of distance, which should be possible. It continues through Louberli, and the makes a left turn at Steinera, where the trail leaves the road. (Check various maps). Some of it passes through a small meadow. Since it can be seen to be a road, if you switch the this link to "Aerial Image", it is likely to be OK for a stroller.
( You can make the hiking trails appear by clicking on the appropriate box in the menu)
Once it diverts from the road, it is on the official trail marked on the Switzerland Mobility map, and, if we can believe the descriptions, should be OK for a stroller.
But, there is a small concern that the trail conditions may not be as good near the Mülibach Falls as they are closer to Giessbach. You would have to ask about that.
Another concern -
We come to a different concern as we look further along the trail toward Giessbach. That concern is that from that point where the road joins the official trail close to the Mülibach Falls, onward to where the trail passes Farnihubel ( see marked up map) there is a further substantial climb to the highest point of the trail.
(That is shown in in the height profile as point # 7 --
The climb is about another 100 meters.
Even though it is presumably on a good trail, it is a noticeable climb. You would need to consider it and your family/ strollers, etc.
That's all for today.
There is a possible alternate by using a road up from Iseltwald with a more gradual slope, then catching the trail in the area noted in the second circled area on the first ( Switzerland Mobility ) map.
PS - SwissTopo has an amazing 3-D viewer that ought to be helpful, but I'm just learning to use it: