587 Wildheupfad
587 Wildheupfad

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Wildheupfad

Wildheupfad

Flüelen (Eggberge)–Flüelen (Oberaxen)

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Wildheupfad

Wildheupfad

Hike through the "Wildi" on Mount Rophaien, where the ancient tradition of wild haymaking continues today. Alpine farmers scythe the steep pastures and send the hay hurtling down into the valley on ziplines. 15 panels offer interesting facts about this craft. Equally impressive: views of the valley floor and Lake Uri.
The making of hay by hand had, even as recently as at the start of the last century, meant a lot economically in Uri. Due to this, the rights of area usage for manual hay making were always documented in detail. According to a contemporary witness hay making was in those times one of the most lucrative additional incomes for farmers, and without it they probably could not have managed and got their stock through winter. A lot of very steep and exposed areas were used for hay making. In the past, the hay was carried down to the valley on sledges but nowadays, ziplines or even helicopters are generally used. Technological advances threatened to put an end to this tradition, which plays an important part in maintaining biodiversity. But many wild haymaking pastures have been preserved thanks to a cantonal support programme. About two dozen of them are located in Isenthal and on Mount Rophaien, along this hiking route.

Rophaien is the largest manual hay making area in the canton of Uri. In addition, the area stretches between several ridges of the mountain of Rophaien down to the original forest hills. You can gain first-hand knowledge of this traditional craft on the Wild Haymaking Trail. Along the route, there are 15 information points such as a "sniffing station" where you must identify various scents. The wild hay zipline whirs as you walk, a tall stack of hay or "Triste" stands on the slope, and the wild haymakers go about their work. On high mountain slopes, wild haymaking is prohibited until July so that the flowers can disperse their seeds. This results in enormous biodiversity: lilies and orchids grow on the dry grasslands along the path. Unique within all of Switzerland is the cut fir forest in the area of Franzen.

A short ride in the cable car takes you up to Eggbergen, the starting point of the hike. Enjoy the early morning at one of the mountain restaurants. After a short up-hill hike through a diverse and cooling forest you will reach Hüttenboden. From there the path follows the steep mountain flanks in a mostly straight or slightly up hill direction. On the alp Franzen you have reached the highest point of the hike. The outlook at Franzen offers you an unforgettable panaramic view of the valley of Uri, the surrounding mountains and the lake of Uri. From Franzen it will take you another hour to the cable car station of Oberaxen. On the sunny balcony of the mountain restaurant at Oberaxen you can enjoy a final breathtaking view. Then you can either choose to walk via Balzenrütti and Giebel down to the bottom station of the Oberaxen cable car (about 1 hour) or make use of the cable car Oberaxen-Gruonbach.
Hike through the "Wildi" on Mount Rophaien, where the ancient tradition of wild haymaking continues today. Alpine farmers scythe the steep pastures and send the hay hurtling down into the valley on ziplines. 15 panels offer interesting facts about this craft. Equally impressive: views of the valley floor and Lake Uri.
The making of hay by hand had, even as recently as at the start of the last century, meant a lot economically in Uri. Due to this, the rights of area usage for manual hay making were always documented in detail. According to a contemporary witness hay making was in those times one of the most lucrative additional incomes for farmers, and without it they probably could not have managed and got their stock through winter. A lot of very steep and exposed areas were used for hay making. In the past, the hay was carried down to the valley on sledges but nowadays, ziplines or even helicopters are generally used. Technological advances threatened to put an end to this tradition, which plays an important part in maintaining biodiversity. But many wild haymaking pastures have been preserved thanks to a cantonal support programme. About two dozen of them are located in Isenthal and on Mount Rophaien, along this hiking route.

Rophaien is the largest manual hay making area in the canton of Uri. In addition, the area stretches between several ridges of the mountain of Rophaien down to the original forest hills. You can gain first-hand knowledge of this traditional craft on the Wild Haymaking Trail. Along the route, there are 15 information points such as a "sniffing station" where you must identify various scents. The wild hay zipline whirs as you walk, a tall stack of hay or "Triste" stands on the slope, and the wild haymakers go about their work. On high mountain slopes, wild haymaking is prohibited until July so that the flowers can disperse their seeds. This results in enormous biodiversity: lilies and orchids grow on the dry grasslands along the path. Unique within all of Switzerland is the cut fir forest in the area of Franzen.

A short ride in the cable car takes you up to Eggbergen, the starting point of the hike. Enjoy the early morning at one of the mountain restaurants. After a short up-hill hike through a diverse and cooling forest you will reach Hüttenboden. From there the path follows the steep mountain flanks in a mostly straight or slightly up hill direction. On the alp Franzen you have reached the highest point of the hike. The outlook at Franzen offers you an unforgettable panaramic view of the valley of Uri, the surrounding mountains and the lake of Uri. From Franzen it will take you another hour to the cable car station of Oberaxen. On the sunny balcony of the mountain restaurant at Oberaxen you can enjoy a final breathtaking view. Then you can either choose to walk via Balzenrütti and Giebel down to the bottom station of the Oberaxen cable car (about 1 hour) or make use of the cable car Oberaxen-Gruonbach.
7 km | 1 Stage
380 m | 820 m
2 h 45 min
medium (mountain hiking trail) | medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Eggberge
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Season

Season
Due to the high altitude there is the possibility that, even towards summer months, parts of the track can be covered with snow.

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Connection to Oberaxen
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Connection to Oberaxen
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Flüelen, Hauptplatz–Oberaxen via Flüelen, Gruonbach
or
Oberaxen–Flüelen, Hauptplatz via Flüelen, Gruonbach
Reason: access to Route.
Timetable: Website mountain transport (Flüelen, Gruonbach–Oberaxen)
Details
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Precipitous area of risk
Please note: the trail is narrow and steep, on wild-haying slopes. The places with a risk of falling are well secured. The trail is easy to negotiate but requires a good level of surefootedness.

Hints

Hint
A free German guide booklet with the history, information and an overview map is available at the cable car stations of Eggbergen and Oberaxen.

Contact

Uri Tourismus AG
Schützengasse 11
6460 Altdorf
Tel. +41 (0)41 874 80 00
info@uri.swiss
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For hiking, follow the logo indicated on the yellow signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your hike for safety's sake.
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