Chärpfbrugg-Rundweg
Chärpfbrugg-Rundweg

Hiking

Kärpfbrugg-Rundweg

Kärpfbrugg-Rundweg

Schwanden (Mettmen)–Schwanden (Mettmen)

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Kärpfbrugg-Rundweg

Kärpfbrugg-Rundweg

This scenic walk through Freiberg Kärpf, Europe's oldest wildlife reserve, leads across the 50 meter wide Kärpf bridge and along the Garichti lake back to Mettmen.
The top layer of the Kärpf bridge consists of Lochseiten limestone with softer, slaty flysch rock underneath. The Niederenbach brook has carved its underground path through the rock, thereby forming the Kärpf bridge. The natural bridge is one of the most spectacular outcrops of the Glarus thrust.

At low water level, it is possible to walk through the approx. 50 meter long, 3 to 4 meter high underground streambed (at your own risk!). Guided hikes through Freiberg Kärpf are also offered.

Tip: The trail can be extended to the Legler hut, a cozy and modern Swiss Alpine Club hut, managed with excellent care and serving delicious home-cooked food. Overnight accommodations are also available.
This scenic walk through Freiberg Kärpf, Europe's oldest wildlife reserve, leads across the 50 meter wide Kärpf bridge and along the Garichti lake back to Mettmen.
The top layer of the Kärpf bridge consists of Lochseiten limestone with softer, slaty flysch rock underneath. The Niederenbach brook has carved its underground path through the rock, thereby forming the Kärpf bridge. The natural bridge is one of the most spectacular outcrops of the Glarus thrust.

At low water level, it is possible to walk through the approx. 50 meter long, 3 to 4 meter high underground streambed (at your own risk!). Guided hikes through Freiberg Kärpf are also offered.

Tip: The trail can be extended to the Legler hut, a cozy and modern Swiss Alpine Club hut, managed with excellent care and serving delicious home-cooked food. Overnight accommodations are also available.
7 km | 1 Stage
420 m | 420 m
2 h 25 min
medium (mountain hiking trail) | medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Kies (Niederental)
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Season
Please note: Snow fields are possible on the upper sections right through to the summer months.

Signalization

Signalization
From the mountain station of the Kies - Mettmen aerial tramway, follow the hiking trail/information board signs to the Garichtisee reservoir, then follow the signposts to «Chärpfbrugg». After the bridge, continue in the direction of «Legler Hut SAC». When you reach a fork in the path, take the turnoff to “Chärpfstäfeli”, and from there continue in the direction of «Matzlenfurggelen». Return to the starting point via «Oberes Börtli» and «Unteres Börtli».

Contact

Elm Ferienregion
Obmoos
8767 Elm
Tel. +41 (0)55 642 52 52
info@elm.ch
www.elm.ch

Services

Accommodation

Leglerhütte SAC
Leglerhütte SAC
Elm
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Bookable offers

Four-lake-hike
Four-lake-hike
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Places of interest

Mettmen-Alp climbing park
Mettmen-Alp climbing park
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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