ElevationAscent: 2,501' 762 m
Descent: -200' -61 m
High: 7,680' 2,341 m
Low: 5,312' 1,619 m
GradeAvg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 45% (24°)
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“Hike amongst Swiss giants on this classic Jungfrau Region route.”— Tom Robson
Expect steep going, crowds, and breathtaking views. The Ogre (Eiger), Monk (Mönch), and Maiden (Jungfrau) await.
Starting from the train station at Alpiglen, the Eiger Trail works its way southeast through an open meadow, be on the lookout for wildflowers, which shouldn't be hard to spot! Shortly after this very steep uphill pitch you'll find yourself starting face-to-face with the Ogre itself.
After ~1.4 miles, the trail only gradually ascends, providing a little respite before it spikes upwards again. If you were smart enough to bring your binoculars you might have the opportunity to crane your neck and see some of the brave souls attempting this mighty climb. If you look closely, you might even see the ladders climbers use to gain access to the rock face itself.
After 2.1 miles the trail heads towards the North Face and pitches steeply again. Clearly the Ogre is punishing you for getting too close... From here the route traverses quite steeply along multiple loose talus fields. To ease the Ogre's grasp a little, the route is dotted with secured ropes, allowing for easier access. Additionally, be sure to check the Hiking Project mobile app along these sections as route finding can be difficult in spring months after the snow has melted.
After finally descending, then ascending along the final pitch of the route you'll finally drop down to Eigergletscher. Once at Eigergletscher, stop, have a drink and behold the stunning views. You've earned it all!
Since 1935, at least sixty-four climbers have died attempting the north face, earning it the German nickname Mordwand, literally "murder(ous) wall"a pun on its correct title of Nordwand (North Wall).