48 Toggenburger Höhenweg
48 Toggenburger Höhenweg

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Toggenburger Höhenweg

Stage 5, Chrüzegg–Hulftegg

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Toggenburger Höhenweg

Chrüzegg offers spectacular views of the Zürichsee lake, the Glarus Aps and Alpstein as far as the Bodensee (Lake Constance). The Schnebelhorn, the highest mountain in Canton Zürich (1292m), has to be scaled before the stage ends at Hulftegg.
Chrüzegg at 1265 m is a small mountain pass with fantastic views of Lake Zurich, the mountains of Glarus, the Alpstein mountain range and all the way to Lake Constance. Chrüzegg can only be reached on foot, but there are more than twenty different routes starting at various places, such as Wattwil, Liechtensteig, Ricken, Atzmännig, Dietfurt, and Mühlrüti. The hiking time to the viewpoint depends on the route you choose. It is possible to spend the night at the mountain inn, which is connected to an alpine dairy.

From Chrüzegg the path leads to the peak of the same name. Further uphill and through the forest is the Habrütispitz with a summit cross and views of Upper Lake Zurich. Continue to Rossegg and about an hour later you get to the Alp Schindelberg mountain inn. Along the slope and a little further up, you reach Schindelberghöchi below Schindelegg. Follow the ridge to the highest mountain in the Canton Zurich, Schnebelhorn at 1292 m. Take some time there to enjoy the gorgeous views of Lake Greifen and Lake Zurich, across the Zurich Oberland and the Toggenburg region.

Then it’s downhill all the way across Hirzegg, Roten and Älpli to Hulftegg. The pass (953 m) connects the Toggenburg with the upper Tösstal Valley between Mühlrüti/Mosnang (Canton St. Gallen) and Steg/Fischenthal (Canton Zurich). Today’s destination is located entirely in the Canton St. Gallen. A road was built across Hulftegg in 1866, which was used long ago by the pilgrims of the Way of St. James. The restaurant there is popular with bike and motorcycle riders as well as with bus tours.
Chrüzegg offers spectacular views of the Zürichsee lake, the Glarus Aps and Alpstein as far as the Bodensee (Lake Constance). The Schnebelhorn, the highest mountain in Canton Zürich (1292m), has to be scaled before the stage ends at Hulftegg.
Chrüzegg at 1265 m is a small mountain pass with fantastic views of Lake Zurich, the mountains of Glarus, the Alpstein mountain range and all the way to Lake Constance. Chrüzegg can only be reached on foot, but there are more than twenty different routes starting at various places, such as Wattwil, Liechtensteig, Ricken, Atzmännig, Dietfurt, and Mühlrüti. The hiking time to the viewpoint depends on the route you choose. It is possible to spend the night at the mountain inn, which is connected to an alpine dairy.

From Chrüzegg the path leads to the peak of the same name. Further uphill and through the forest is the Habrütispitz with a summit cross and views of Upper Lake Zurich. Continue to Rossegg and about an hour later you get to the Alp Schindelberg mountain inn. Along the slope and a little further up, you reach Schindelberghöchi below Schindelegg. Follow the ridge to the highest mountain in the Canton Zurich, Schnebelhorn at 1292 m. Take some time there to enjoy the gorgeous views of Lake Greifen and Lake Zurich, across the Zurich Oberland and the Toggenburg region.

Then it’s downhill all the way across Hirzegg, Roten and Älpli to Hulftegg. The pass (953 m) connects the Toggenburg with the upper Tösstal Valley between Mühlrüti/Mosnang (Canton St. Gallen) and Steg/Fischenthal (Canton Zurich). Today’s destination is located entirely in the Canton St. Gallen. A road was built across Hulftegg in 1866, which was used long ago by the pilgrims of the Way of St. James. The restaurant there is popular with bike and motorcycle riders as well as with bus tours.
11 km
440 m | 760 m
3 h 35 min
easy (hiking trail) | medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Mühlrüti, Hulftegg
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