Happy New Year! Hope you had relaxing holidays. May you and your family have a wonderful, adventurous, and healthy year.
As I’m trying to catch up on writing about our Switzerland trip, hiking in the Alps is probably on top of the activities I want to write about most. There are many wonderful things about hiking in Switzerland—the mountains, the lakes, the air, the cows, the sound of cow bells. The best is probably the opportunity to bypass gruesome ascent and descent with the help of mountain trains or gondolas.
Our friend, Susan, suggested a day hike in the Lake Lucerne area started at Urmiberg and ended at Hinterbergen. Although the weather forecast said it was supposed to be a mostly sunny day, it was still cloudy down at the lake that morning. To get to Urmiberg, we took a bus from Weggis to Brunnen. The bus ride took about thirty minutes. From the gondola station, a quick ride (6 minutes or so) took us up to Urmiberg. Just as we reached Urmiberg, we came out above the cloud in the nick of time. After paying for the ride, we began our hike.
After the initial climb, this hike, as I remember, is pretty much gradually up and down with a long stretch of a not-too-steep descent at the end. Hiking poles are recommended.
- Date hiked: September 14, 2019
- Hiking time: 4h 50m with lots of breaks for photographing
- Distance: Approx. 5.5 mi one-way from Urmiberg to Hinterbergen
- Elevation change: Approx. 1600 ft ascent and 1900 ft descent