Klewenalp - Isenthal
ElevationAscent: 1,914' 583 m
Descent: -4,575' -1,394 m
High: 6,896' 2,102 m
Low: 2,563' 781 m
GradeAvg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 55% (29°)
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“A moderate day hike with stunning alpine views.”— Alicia Fondacaro
Family Friendly Would be good for experienced kids. Good for families overall because access is easy and the views are prevalent.
Make your way down through the valley surrounded by rising ledges and mountain peaks with especially great photo ops at Hinter Jochli and Oberbolgen. From Gitschenen, you're hiking through alpine grazing land, and from St. Jakob to Isenthal, you're along the road next to the small river running out of the valley.
The steep section from the top of Chalen to Hinter Jochli is the hardest part of this hike. In late October, it was covered in snow and ice and microspikes would be recommended. Descending into the valley is easier but made more complicated by snow if it is present. The valley presents incredible views both near and far. The trail is well marked and you should follow the signs to Gitschenen then Isenthal.
In Gitschenen there is a little alpine restaurant that is perfect for lunch - they serve wine, beer, and a selection of Swiss pasta or potato entrees that are delicious. Credit card is accepted but cash is preferred.
St. Jakob is the first place to pick up the bus heading back toward the lake, or you can continue down the hiking path next to the road/river into Isenthal, which is a picturesque, quiet Swiss town.
Your best bet is to get on the bus at Isenthal Post and take it back to Altdorf or Fluelen, where you can reconnect with the main bus and train network. Make sure you check the schedule and keep track of time because the bus only comes to Isenthal every other hour and weekend service ends around 5:30 pm.
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