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Beautiful hike around seven high lakes reflecting the Matterhorn.


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Map Key

9.0

Miles

14.5

KM

Point to Point

8,348' 2,544 m

High

5,289' 1,612 m

Low

3,200' 975 m

Up

967' 295 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

43%

Max Grade (23°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

Beautiful hike up to (or take cable car up) and around a high mountain valley with seven lakes, east of Zermatt. Some lakes show nice reflections of Matterhorn if the weather cooperates. Return down to Zermatt by a cable car.

Need to Know

Zermatt's website has plenty of useful info, from hotels to lift schedules.

Buy the local cheese in huts!

Description

The hike starts southeast of Zermatt, climbing steadily through forest and meadows to a little community with a couple of mountain huts with great views, where you can have a fruit pie or a full breakfast. This is the beginning of the high mountain valley, with about half of the total elevation gain done.

The trail becomes much less steep, passing lakes Mosjesee, Gruensee, Grindjesee, and a couple of nameless ones.

From Grindjesee, you can either go up to Stellisee (another 200m/600ft higher) set in a high meadow full of wildflowers in season and more views, or turn west on what looks like a flattish trail passing Leisee on the way to the cable car at Sunnegga.

Flora & Fauna

In the spring there are many wildflowers—whole meadows of them in places. With luck, you may see birds, mountain goats, and cows too.

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Halfway up: Eggen community with mountain huts/restaurants.
Apr 10, 2019 near Zermatt, CH
Flowers, a lake, and the Matterhorn. Pretty nice.
Jul 12, 2016 near Zermatt, CH
Stellisee at 2540m / 8333ft high, with Matterhorn view, surrounded by wildflowers.
Apr 10, 2019 near Zermatt, CH
Strolling the 5 Stenweg.
Jul 12, 2016 near Zermatt, CH
Matterhorn and Grinjesee from the trail to Stellisee
Apr 10, 2019 near Zermatt, CH
Grunsee Lake.
Jul 12, 2016 near Zermatt, CH

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