In my quest to hike everything, my September vacation was full of some of the most beautiful, most intense hikes that the Swiss Alps have to offer. One of my personal favorites? A windy trail from the Lauterbrunnen Valley to high-altitude Klein Scheidegg.
The hike climbs over 1200 meters (4000ish feet) in altitude, crosses over the very pretty Trümmelbach Falle, and winds so steeply at parts that cables have been screwed into the rock for your safety.
In other words, it totally rocks.
And today I’m going to tell you how to find the trailhead and kick the mountain’s ass.
First, you’ll need to leave Lauterbrunnen and head toward Stechelbeurg on the main valley floor pathway (one portion shown above). When you come to a red bench and a bunch of signs, turn left toward the signs that point to Trummelbach Falls.
Keep following signs for Trummelbach and, once you reach the main entrance to the falls (shown below), pass it by.
Instead, turn left where you see the signs for Brech, Wengernalp, and Wengen.
The turn will take you onto someone’s property. Cross their little driveway bridge and go left around the barn/garage.
A stake in the ground will let you know you’re on the right track.
And so will a lovely little bergweg (mountain path) sign.
Before you hit the trailhead, walk a little to the left and check out the bottom of Trummelbach Falls, which is free and gorgeous.
Then head back up the banks, where you’ll see the trailhead marked by a red warning sign. The sign (and now I) remind(s) you to wear proper footwear and not hike the trail unless you are an experienced hiker.
Hike straight up the mountain for forever and you’ll run into a danger sign. Note that if part of the glacier breaks off while you are hiking (unlikely, though possible), the little valley could flood. The sign encourages you to go through quickly.
Here’s the pretty valley.
After that excitement, it’s more uphill until you reach the triumphant signpost that points to Wengen on one side of the mountain and Klein Scheidegg on the other. If you’re exhausted, head to Wengen and catch the train back down the mountain. If you’re feeling great, keep heading upward to Klein Scheidegg.
Keep following signs for Klein Scheidegg until you come to this one. After this signpost, the road splits rather confusingly. A wide road goes straight from where the sign points and a narrower path juts off it to the right. Take the narrow road, which is only labeled as a wanderweg or bergweg.
Before you know it, you’ll be in the shadow of the region’s most famous peaks.
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