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Long hike to largest Limestone Pavement and oldest Virgin Forest

Hosted by the Consul of the Zurich Hiking Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Sun 12 Aug 06:30 - 21:30

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This hike is technically moderately difficult, but it is very long and with a lot of ascent. Since we need to make the last bus from Muotathal, Hölloch busstop we need to keep a steady pace.

25 km, Protected content ascent, Protected content

This hike will take us up to the karstic plateau Silberen Protected content , which contains the largest limestone pavement of its kind in Switzerland. Limestone pavement is a erosion caused landform that looks like pavement.
The climb towards Silberen is a bit steep in the beginning, but the plateau is, obviously, pretty flat. From Silberen you have a good view on the Glärnisch massif and the glacier. If the weather is clear, many other main peaks of the Alps will be visible.
After a short lunch break we will gradually descent towards Muotathal. The route will take us through the Bödmerenwald, which is the largest Virgin forest within the Alps. There are trees to be found more than Protected content old. We can make a short stop at Alpwirtshaft Roggenloch for a coffee, which is located within these woods. But quickly we will have to continue our journey downwards to catch the last bus from Hölloch.

The exact route you find here:Protected content
Since this is quite a long walk and we are keeping a swift pace, and have quite an ascent, you need to be fit. The technical difficulty is moderate at a T2 level.

THE PLANNINGProtected content
06:43 Platf. 6 S25 to Glarus
08:35 Arrival at Klöntal, Richisau and start of the hike
12:45 Reaching Silberen and 30 minute lunch
15:15 Short coffee break at Alp Roggenloch
19:00 Arrival at Muotathal, Hölloch
19:14 Last bus opportunity to Schwyz rail station
21:14 Arrival at Zürich HB

The prediction is now (Thursday Eve) for sunny weather some thin clouds in the afternoon. Temperature at the start will be approximately 15 degrees, at the top of Silberen I expect it to be maximum 17 degrees.

If there are changes. this hike will continue in any weather except thunderstorm.

- Single ticket to "Klöntal, Richisau"
- Cash for coffee, maybe a beer, and the bus..
- Sturdy hiking boots
- Packed lunch
- Suitable clothing for the weather, and for unexpected weather
- Sufficient drinking water for the whole day
NB: although there is supposed to be drinking water along the hike (see map link), because of the dry weather for ages I would not depend on it.

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.

Event photo Vodimivado ( Protected content ), „Silberen2“, Protected content