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Hornlihutte

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 5.0 (4) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A pleasant hike leading right to the base of the Matterhorn.


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5.0

Miles

8.1

KM

Out and Back

10,670' 3,252 m

High

8,435' 2,571 m

Low

2,245' 684 m

Up

2,245' 684 m

Down

17%

Avg Grade (10°)

61%

Max Grade (31°)

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Overview

Get up close and personal with the Matterhorn on this challenging but rewarding route right to the base of the rock climb.

Description

From the top of the Schwarzsee lift, pass the lake of the same name and take in the excellent views of the Weisshorn to the north across the valley (this craggy peak is taller than the Matterhorn!) Continue on past some ski lifts and unattractive bulldozed ski runs.

Once you've worked your way out of the ski area, ascend a short rocky section and you'll be faced with your first giant view of the Matterhorn, so close it feels like you could just hop right up it. But the view just gets better, so continue on past a metal bridge that protects a particularly dangerous section. The huge I-beams stuck in the rock are pretty impressive.

Take an easy level hike across the ridge right to the very northeast corner of the Matterhorn. The trail has been relatively easy until here... but now it's time for the final set of steep switchbacks that take you up the final 1,000 feet to the hut. Take a few moments to rest while you enjoy the incredible views of the surrounding mountains. You'll be surrounded by fellow hikers and those pushing for the summit in the next days, making for a jaunty atmosphere.

Once you've rested up, head back the way that you came to return to the ski area and Zermatt.

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Nick Wilder

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  5.0 from 4 votes

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#886

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#4

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Headed up the Matterhorn.
Jul 12, 2016 near Zermatt, CH
Gulp.
Jul 12, 2016 near Zermatt, CH
Quite a Matterhorn view!
Jul 12, 2016 near Zermatt, CH
Fog in the lower valley but clear up on the Matterhorn.
Jul 12, 2016 near Zermatt, CH
Incredible views back to the Rothorn, if you remember to turn around from that Matterhorn.
Jul 12, 2016 near Zermatt, CH
Schwarzsee.
Jul 12, 2016 near Zermatt, CH

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Aug 14, 2019
Jason Anderson
Amazing but challenging hike! Don't recommend to anyone with a fear of heights. It's worth continuing formal few minutes past Hornlihutte to actual…
Aug 28, 2018
Aleksandar Petakov
Aug 24, 2018
David Curtis
Jun 23, 2018
Dana Ochs
Sep 3, 2017
Andrew S
Jul 8, 2017
Nick Wilder
Apr 10, 2017
Seba Rosen
To much snow and ice on the first wall 1mi