The Challenge (early escape possible) - 38 km 2300 m elevation
This is a hike to challenge yourself, and see what is left of last years hiking stamina. We will go at a quick pace, and minimize the amount and duration of breaks. Yes there is likely to be some snow, yes there is likely to be some muscle aches the next days, but isn't it true that without pain there's no gain? However, if the challenge en-route is too big, escapes are possible.
We will start from Arth-Goldau train station (±500 m) and climb towards Wildspitz, which will be our highest point of the day at Protected content . We will then decent to Sattel (±770 m) at which we will have finished the first 12 km. A rehydration point and a few kilometre flat route is given to rest a bit :-), after which we ascent quickly to Herrenboden (± Protected content from which we will continue at a more relaxed incline to Hagenegg Protected content our second peak of the day Näbekenfirst at Protected content . By then we have covered 25 km. From there our route will follow slowly down until Biberbrugg, with the exception of a steep ±180 m climb to Samstagern ( Protected content ) as a final challenge.
A good hike in the mountains treats you to nice views. We will have a view on the Rigi area from multiple sides, and will be able to overlook the south-eastern part of Vierwaldstättersee towards the Gotthardmassiv. The last part of the hike the path is more enclosed in the forest, but we will have occasional views of the Alp valley and Einsiedeln and the Sihlsee.
Snow conditions on Wildspitz seem to be pretty okay. Sunday I was at Rigi and inspected Wildspitz from the distance. On the south face, where we will mostly be, there was barely snow. With current weather, in two days there will be less. Also the webcam at the Wildspitz restaurant shows there are large patches without any snow.
The path from Hagenegg northwards to Biberbrugg is mostly on the east face or on the ridge, where the sunshine is less intense. So I do expect there to be some snow. Large parts are however in the forest, where I expect limited snow due to the heat transfer by the trees. If the snow situation is too bad for hiking without snow shoes, we will use one of the escapes below.
Challenges are good, but escapes for when challenges are too big are even better. So here is a (non-exhaustive) list of places where you could potentially escape.
Protected content @Sattel you can take a train
Protected content and onwards there a multiple routes to descent east towards the Alp valley and catch a bus (1x hour) or west towards Steiner Aa and Biber valleys to catch bus and train
07:20 Meet under the Blue Angel @ Zürich HB
07:32 IC2 from Zürich HB platform 6 to Arth-Goldau
08:15 Arrival in Arth-Goldau and start of the hike
11:30 Arrival at Sattel Protected content
15:00 Arival at Hagenegg Protected content
18:30 Arrival at Biberbrugg train station Protected content
18:32 S13 to Wädenswil and from there S25 to Zürich HB
9 to 18 degrees Celsius in the valley, that translate to ± Protected content Celsius on the mountain.
6 hours of sunshine
A few drops of rain possible
- Your normal gear to go on a long hike
- Gaiters for when the snow deeper than your shoe.
- Packed lunch
- One-way train ticket to Arth-Goldau
- Cash, for any escapes by Post bus
- Sufficient drinking water (refill @Sattel possible)
Hiking involves certain risks, by taking part in this event you acknowledge that these risks exist and are on your own account. This is a meeting of fellow hikers, not a guided tour.
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