29 Pragelpass-Weg
29 Pragelpass-Weg

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Pragelpass-Weg

Stage 3, Hinter Klöntal–Glarus

Route report
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Pragelpass-Weg

Firstly, along the Klöntalersee reservoir surrounded by steep rock faces. A decent to Glarus then follows - From the dam of the artificial lake through a narrow valley with steep rock faces and imposing boulders lapped by the bubbling Löntsch waters.
Hinter Klöntal, surrounded by mountains, is a delightful place at the upper end of Klöntal Lake. The natural lake at an altitude of 848 m is only three square kilometres in size and was formed by a landslide. The wetlands at the mouth of the River Klön are of national importance. A lovely path leads from Hinter Klöntal along the shore to Seerüti on the other side of the lake. Motorized traffic is not permitted on the first section of the road. The northern peaks of Mutteristock and Schijen, and Mürtschenstock to the east are mirrored in the smooth water. A variety of pleasant spots along the shore are perfect to grill your lunch and rest your feet.

Through the narrow rock passage near Bärentritt the path later leads to a group of rocks, which is called the Gessner memorial. It was created by nature and dedicated to Salomon Gessner (1730-1788), a poet and painter from Zurich, in 1788 by two admirers, although it is somewhat doubtful whether they really meant to honour Gessner or if they intended to immortalize themselves. Be that as it may – when the story was published in 1789, the Klöntal Valley gained instant fame.

The no-driving zone ends after the bridge and the path changes to a gravel road. Almost two hours have passed by the time you reach the small damn at the end of the lake. The damn has been used to generate electricity since 1908. Now the downhill section begins. The trail meanders along the Löntsch down to Chohlgrüebli. After a canyon-like passage the landscape opens up near Staldengarten. Cross the Allmend to get back to civilization in and around Glarus, the smallest capital of all Swiss cantons. This rather short leg ends a little while later at the railway station.
Firstly, along the Klöntalersee reservoir surrounded by steep rock faces. A decent to Glarus then follows - From the dam of the artificial lake through a narrow valley with steep rock faces and imposing boulders lapped by the bubbling Löntsch waters.
Hinter Klöntal, surrounded by mountains, is a delightful place at the upper end of Klöntal Lake. The natural lake at an altitude of 848 m is only three square kilometres in size and was formed by a landslide. The wetlands at the mouth of the River Klön are of national importance. A lovely path leads from Hinter Klöntal along the shore to Seerüti on the other side of the lake. Motorized traffic is not permitted on the first section of the road. The northern peaks of Mutteristock and Schijen, and Mürtschenstock to the east are mirrored in the smooth water. A variety of pleasant spots along the shore are perfect to grill your lunch and rest your feet.

Through the narrow rock passage near Bärentritt the path later leads to a group of rocks, which is called the Gessner memorial. It was created by nature and dedicated to Salomon Gessner (1730-1788), a poet and painter from Zurich, in 1788 by two admirers, although it is somewhat doubtful whether they really meant to honour Gessner or if they intended to immortalize themselves. Be that as it may – when the story was published in 1789, the Klöntal Valley gained instant fame.

The no-driving zone ends after the bridge and the path changes to a gravel road. Almost two hours have passed by the time you reach the small damn at the end of the lake. The damn has been used to generate electricity since 1908. Now the downhill section begins. The trail meanders along the Löntsch down to Chohlgrüebli. After a canyon-like passage the landscape opens up near Staldengarten. Cross the Allmend to get back to civilization in and around Glarus, the smallest capital of all Swiss cantons. This rather short leg ends a little while later at the railway station.
14 km
180 m | 560 m
3 h 35 min
easy (hiking trail) | medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Klöntal, Plätz
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Saving metres in altitude
There is a bus between Klöntal, Richisau and Glarus, Bahnhof that saves about 600 metres in altitude.

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Glarus
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Contact

Signpost management
Signposting is managed by the cantonal hiking trail organisation on behalf of the communities.
Glarner Wanderwege
Niederrüti 54
8762 Schwändi
daniel.zimmermann@nipo.ch
www.glarnerwanderwege.ch

Services

Accommodation

Glärnischhütte SAC
Glärnischhütte SAC
Klöntal
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Places

Hinter Klöntal
Hinter Klöntal
Glarus
Glarus
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Places of interest

Flowtrail Glarus
Flowtrail Glarus
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Signalization

Signalization
For hiking, follow the logo indicated on the yellow signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your hike for safety's sake.
Signalization