1 Via Alpina
1 Via Alpina

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Via Alpina

Stage 3, Weisstannen–Elm

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Milk from neighbouring alps is piped to Alp Siez. On Alpine pastures are followed by a narrow ridge of black slate. The terraced alp huts on the other side of the Foopass are an architectural rarity.
From Weisstannen at 1000 m the path climbs up along the Seez River. Initially it follows the Ibex Educational Trail. The first Alpine ibexes were reintroduced to this area in 1911. Did you know that the age of most of these animals can be determined based on the growth rings on their horns? Facts and figures about the magnificent creatures are provided on the information panels on the way. The next station is Alp Vorsiez. The products made at the Alpine dairy can be purchased and tasted right there. An interesting snippet of information is that the milk is funnelled via pipelines from the adjacent alps to the dairy.

Now the path no longer follows the Seez River directly. Walabütz, a seasonal tavern in Untersäss, is another cool place to stop. The view of the 230 m Isengrindfall waterfall is fantastic. The first steep uphill section to Stich follows after the Foowäldli forest. For about the next 30 minutes the route between the green hillsides and the Seez in the middle of the valley is pure pleasure. Look carefully and listen: ibexes, chamois, red deer, marmots and golden eagles are all native here. In Enggi the path to the Foo mountain hut becomes steeper again and some challenging hiking follows. The Foo Pass, the highest point of this long stage, is reached by crossing the Foobach creek and along Heidelchöpf Mountain. The reward for this effort is the awesome sight of the mountains of Glarus.

And then the long descent begins: across Raminer Matt, where a gravel road leads all the way down to Elm you reach Mittelstafel. On the way to the day’s destination you keep seeing the two waterfalls on the opposite side. Elm is the last village in the Sernftal valley of Glarus. Because of its famous timber houses, the village was awarded the Wakker Prize by the Swiss Heritage Society. You should also turn around and look at the Tschingelhörner and Martin’s Hole. Twice a year, the sun falls directly through this rock window onto the church tower of Elm and makes it glow.
Milk from neighbouring alps is piped to Alp Siez. On Alpine pastures are followed by a narrow ridge of black slate. The terraced alp huts on the other side of the Foopass are an architectural rarity.
From Weisstannen at 1000 m the path climbs up along the Seez River. Initially it follows the Ibex Educational Trail. The first Alpine ibexes were reintroduced to this area in 1911. Did you know that the age of most of these animals can be determined based on the growth rings on their horns? Facts and figures about the magnificent creatures are provided on the information panels on the way. The next station is Alp Vorsiez. The products made at the Alpine dairy can be purchased and tasted right there. An interesting snippet of information is that the milk is funnelled via pipelines from the adjacent alps to the dairy.

Now the path no longer follows the Seez River directly. Walabütz, a seasonal tavern in Untersäss, is another cool place to stop. The view of the 230 m Isengrindfall waterfall is fantastic. The first steep uphill section to Stich follows after the Foowäldli forest. For about the next 30 minutes the route between the green hillsides and the Seez in the middle of the valley is pure pleasure. Look carefully and listen: ibexes, chamois, red deer, marmots and golden eagles are all native here. In Enggi the path to the Foo mountain hut becomes steeper again and some challenging hiking follows. The Foo Pass, the highest point of this long stage, is reached by crossing the Foobach creek and along Heidelchöpf Mountain. The reward for this effort is the awesome sight of the mountains of Glarus.

And then the long descent begins: across Raminer Matt, where a gravel road leads all the way down to Elm you reach Mittelstafel. On the way to the day’s destination you keep seeing the two waterfalls on the opposite side. Elm is the last village in the Sernftal valley of Glarus. Because of its famous timber houses, the village was awarded the Wakker Prize by the Swiss Heritage Society. You should also turn around and look at the Tschingelhörner and Martin’s Hole. Twice a year, the sun falls directly through this rock window onto the church tower of Elm and makes it glow.
23 km
1400 m | 1450 m
8 h 00 min
medium (mountain hiking trail) | difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Weisstannen, Oberdorf
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Via Alpina hiking pass
With the Via Alpina hiking passbook, you collect 38 stamps with memories to cherish. The stamp stations are located at each stage start and finish. More information about the hiking passbook.
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Elm, Dorf
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Services

Accommodation

Alp Siez
Alp Siez
Weisstannen
Hotel Restaurant Gemse
Hotel Restaurant Gemse
Weisstannen
Gasthaus Segnes
Gasthaus Segnes
Elm
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1 Via Alpina Eastern Switzerland
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Places

Weisstannen
Weisstannen
Elm / Sernftal
Elm / Sernftal
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Places of interest

Slate factory
Slate factory
Tectonic Arena Sardona (UNESCO site)
Tectonic Arena Sardona (UNESCO site)
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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.
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