57 Obwaldner Höhenweg
57 Obwaldner Höhenweg

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Obwaldner Höhenweg

Stage 5, Melchsee-Frutt–Storeggpass

Route report
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Obwaldner Höhenweg

The hiking trail along the Obwalden mountain flank of Huetstock, Nünalphorn and Widderfeldstock leads past alpine huts, over pastures and through small forests towards the Storegg pass. It offers beautiful views of the wild landscape of the Melchtal valley. After crossing the pass, you can take the Eggen cable car back down.
The family-friendly village of Melchsee-Frutt is situated in a breathtakingly scenic mountain valley. A popular ski resort in the winter, car-free Frutt is known for day trips or hikes from Hasliberg or Engelberg in the summer. Today’s stage begins at an altitude of 1900 m near Melchsee Lake where the fishermen congregate. With the lake behind us, we continue alternating between road and hiking path until the beautiful Bettenalp.

Encompassed by the nearby rocks, Bettenalp Creek flows right through the middle of the alp. Through forest and about two hours further down, you cross Wolfisalp Creek on the alp Unterboden. Its source is at Rotsandnollen and it flows through Wolfisalp, from which it takes its name, into the Grosse Melchaa. On the alpine road you reach the Fomatt alp with its chapel worth seeing.

The route continues up and down to Sattelegg. It takes another 2 ½ hours through Stocklaui forest and the charming woodland section Above Schwandholz to get to Gummli Hut on the Denalp, followed immediately by Lai Hut. Shortly thereafter you reach the ridge of Storeggpass, today’s destination. The gorgeous views ranging from the Walenstöcke above the Engelberg Valley to Gross Spannort and back to Mt. Haupt near Melchsee make you quickly forget the last strenuous climb.
The hiking trail along the Obwalden mountain flank of Huetstock, Nünalphorn and Widderfeldstock leads past alpine huts, over pastures and through small forests towards the Storegg pass. It offers beautiful views of the wild landscape of the Melchtal valley. After crossing the pass, you can take the Eggen cable car back down.
The family-friendly village of Melchsee-Frutt is situated in a breathtakingly scenic mountain valley. A popular ski resort in the winter, car-free Frutt is known for day trips or hikes from Hasliberg or Engelberg in the summer. Today’s stage begins at an altitude of 1900 m near Melchsee Lake where the fishermen congregate. With the lake behind us, we continue alternating between road and hiking path until the beautiful Bettenalp.

Encompassed by the nearby rocks, Bettenalp Creek flows right through the middle of the alp. Through forest and about two hours further down, you cross Wolfisalp Creek on the alp Unterboden. Its source is at Rotsandnollen and it flows through Wolfisalp, from which it takes its name, into the Grosse Melchaa. On the alpine road you reach the Fomatt alp with its chapel worth seeing.

The route continues up and down to Sattelegg. It takes another 2 ½ hours through Stocklaui forest and the charming woodland section Above Schwandholz to get to Gummli Hut on the Denalp, followed immediately by Lai Hut. Shortly thereafter you reach the ridge of Storeggpass, today’s destination. The gorgeous views ranging from the Walenstöcke above the Engelberg Valley to Gross Spannort and back to Mt. Haupt near Melchsee make you quickly forget the last strenuous climb.
13 km
780 m | 950 m
4 h 30 min
medium (mountain hiking trail) | difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Melchsee-Frutt
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Season

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Beware: snowfields possible into summer months on high-level sections

Contact

Signpost management
Signposting is managed by the cantonal hiking trail organisation on behalf of the communities.
Obwaldner Wanderwege
6061 Sarnen
info@ow-wanderwege.ch
www.ow-wanderwege.ch

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Frutt Resort AG
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Melchsee-Frutt
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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.
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