Pilatus Mountain/Pilatus Kulm
ElevationAscent: 5,191' 1,582 m
Descent: -16' -5 m
High: 6,667' 2,032 m
Low: 1,488' 453 m
GradeAvg Grade: 21% (12°)
Max Grade: 66% (33°)
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“A beatiful, solitary hike with a highly commercialized ending.”— Dave Mencel
There is no potable water on the route, although the cow troughs near the cog stop could be filtered if need be. Right before the switchbacks, there is a small stream which people were filling up from, but it's downhill from a cow pasture...filter or treat to be safe!
You'll get lots of waves from the tourists on the train who are much lazier than you! Remember, you earned it more than they did!
After enjoying about 5+ hours hiking up in somewhat solitude, mentally prepare yourself for the final 50 meters of the route - there is a hotel on top of the mountain, and it's tourist city!
But being able to buy a good bottle of wine and good Swiss cheese made it all bearable! An espresso also helped re-awaken me for the descent.