<<"One other question. The hikes listed by Swiss Mobility do not seem to be in any order, nor alphabetical, nor all regions together. Am I missing something? Unless you are familiar with a name, you have to go to a map and zoom out to see where it is located. It would be easier if one could pull up all the hikes in a given area. Can this be done? Am I missing something?">>
You may well be missing something, but, so am I. i have the same problem.
Good thing that Maggie jumped in.
I was rushing a bit when I posted, and forgot to say that I always have trouble with the Switzerland Mobilty web site myself.
I have trouble locating hikes, as you did. I do not know the logic of the numbering system; I do know that the Swiss are supremely organized and logical about that, so there must be an answer somewhere how the system is organized and why the hikes you found start at #21. I'll keep my eyes open for more data, but I have not found it in the past.
Also, I have no idea how they select the hikes to be included. I'm guessing that they are selected for interesting features.
I do know that, once you have identified a hike, the excellent maps on Switzerland Mobility can be zoomed in to quite detailed scale...maybe 1:10,000, whereas the most detailed printed topos are "only " at 1:25,000. You get altitude profiles, accommodations and points of interest along the route, and connections to public transport. If you can find your hike, that is worth a lot.
So, I find it worth using, even if I have trouble such as you described.
Here are the work-arounds I have used:
1.- Identify a town or towns or some other named landmark along the route, possibly by using a map such as SwissTopo or, simpler, Mapsearch.CH (linked above) and enter it in the search box
2.-Use the map in Switzerland Mobility and find a trail that way, using the modifiers offered. Then, view the region. There is no promise thatthey show all trails. I think that SwissTopo may do so.
<<"It would be easier if one could pull up all the hikes in a given area. Can this be done?">>
I think that I do that by using the map with sorting criteria.
Since you are familiar with Switzerland, you surely are aware f the ready availability of paper maps, at 1:50,000 scale with all of the Wanderwege marked on them.
Are you familiar with the trail difficulty designations for the Wanderwege?
Those maps with the Wanderwege on them are called "Wanderkarte" and the best ones are from the SwissTopo office of the Federal Government. If you explore "products" on the SwissTopo site, you can find out what is on line and what they print. Thestationers ( a few still exist) in the large cities stock most all of them. In any region, you have a good chance to find them (a smaller selection) at a local convenience store.
Those paper maps do what you ask about.
By the way, I notice that you use the term "app" a few times.
I do not use a smartphone, but from what I have seen, the smartphone "apps" have less information and detail than the full site offers if you work with a desktop or a laptop computer. If you have not done so, try it.
Clarification of the signs and what they mean on the maps.
<<" On the map website (this is different from the above website) it shows hiking trails in yellow. However, there are also routes in red and some in black, some dotted. Where is there a table that explains what they represent? I have searched for this for quite some time and cannot find a table.">>
I am aware of printed versions of that information.
www.swisstopo.admin.ch /internet/swisstopo/en /home/products/accesso ries/book.html
I'll look for online versions. There has to be something on SwissTopo
( I did note a reference to Wanderwege....)