985 Mettmen Gämspfad
985 Mettmen Gämspfad

Snowshoe trekking

Mettmen-Gämspfad

Mettmen-Gämspfad

Schwanden, Mettmen–Stausee–Mittelstafel–Käsekeller–Schwanden, Mettmen

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Mettmen-Gämspfad

Mettmen-Gämspfad

Experience winter on snowshoes in Europe's oldest wildlife conservation area: the Freiberg Kärpf. This easy tour across meadows and through forests takes you to the Mettmenalp pasture area (1,600 m.a.s.l.) with Lake Garichti.
The area round Mount Kärpf in the Glarnerland has been a protected wildlife reserve since 1548. It is the oldest in the whole of Europe and, at 106 square kilometers, is also one of the largest in Switzerland. Back then, Chief Magistrate Joachim Bäldi (1527-1571) persuaded his fellow-countrymen that it would be sensible to protect the wild animals in this area so as to ensure reserves of meat for adverse times. Nowadays, the Freiberg Kärpf is a wildlife reserve that also integrates nature conservation areas and forest reserves: a relaxing destination for nature-loving winter sports enthusiasts.

Considerate snowshoe trekkers who heed the rules as they follow the "Chamois Path" (Gämspfad) can spot chamois, ibex and sometimes even mountain hares along the way. The route begins at the mountain station of the Kies-Mettmen cable car. It starts out along cleared paths and takes you past the Mettmen Mountain Hotel. At Garichti reservoir (which the locals call Lake Mettmen), you then encounter natural deep snow conditions. The lake is open for ice fishing from mid-January until the end of February each year. The snowshoe trail leads over the dam wall at first, heading in a south-easterly direction.

Then at the end of the wall, it veers sharply north-eastwards. The trail climbs through a fir and pine forest to the central stretch of the Mettmenalp pastures. You cross the open plain, with its light covering of snow towards the "Cheese Store Hut" (Käselagerhütte). From here, the route climbs back to the starting point – there are only a few bends, but they are steep! When you reach your destination, the cable car will take you back into the valley (note the winter operating times).
Experience winter on snowshoes in Europe's oldest wildlife conservation area: the Freiberg Kärpf. This easy tour across meadows and through forests takes you to the Mettmenalp pasture area (1,600 m.a.s.l.) with Lake Garichti.
The area round Mount Kärpf in the Glarnerland has been a protected wildlife reserve since 1548. It is the oldest in the whole of Europe and, at 106 square kilometers, is also one of the largest in Switzerland. Back then, Chief Magistrate Joachim Bäldi (1527-1571) persuaded his fellow-countrymen that it would be sensible to protect the wild animals in this area so as to ensure reserves of meat for adverse times. Nowadays, the Freiberg Kärpf is a wildlife reserve that also integrates nature conservation areas and forest reserves: a relaxing destination for nature-loving winter sports enthusiasts.

Considerate snowshoe trekkers who heed the rules as they follow the "Chamois Path" (Gämspfad) can spot chamois, ibex and sometimes even mountain hares along the way. The route begins at the mountain station of the Kies-Mettmen cable car. It starts out along cleared paths and takes you past the Mettmen Mountain Hotel. At Garichti reservoir (which the locals call Lake Mettmen), you then encounter natural deep snow conditions. The lake is open for ice fishing from mid-January until the end of February each year. The snowshoe trail leads over the dam wall at first, heading in a south-easterly direction.

Then at the end of the wall, it veers sharply north-eastwards. The trail climbs through a fir and pine forest to the central stretch of the Mettmenalp pastures. You cross the open plain, with its light covering of snow towards the "Cheese Store Hut" (Käselagerhütte). From here, the route climbs back to the starting point – there are only a few bends, but they are steep! When you reach your destination, the cable car will take you back into the valley (note the winter operating times).
2 km | 1 Stage
90 m | 90 m
0 h 55 min
easy

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Mettmen
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Season

Winter season
The winter season is usually from 27th December to Easter Monday.

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Routing
Due to snow conditions, the locally signposted route may differ from that shown on the SwitzerlandMobility web map. If in doubt, follow the local signs.

Hints

Snowshoe rent
Snowshoes can be rented on site.
www.mettmen-alp.ch

Contact

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

Services

Places of interest

Mettmen-Alp climbing park
Mettmen-Alp climbing park
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Signalization

Signalization
For snow shoe trekking, follow the logo indicated on the pink signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your tour for safety's sake.
Signalization