Walk to Urnerboden
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Cow in the cloudsFoto: Jack Cunliffe, Macs Adventure
The weather can change rapidly in the Alps, always check the forecast before you start the days hiking and pack appropriately. If the weather is too rough, do not begin the trek.
There can be left over snow drifts early in the season, they have sometimes melted underneath - particularly if it covers moving water. Just because it looks solid, it doesn't mean it is. Exercise extreme caution when crossing such snow drifts and if possible walk around them to where you can see the solidity of the ground clearly.
Some of the ground can be uneven, with rocky/pebbly paths and even ice. Ensure you have suitable footwear with ankle support, and step cautiously when needed.
Much of the path is on clifftops and there has been some erosion, for this reason, the path is sometimes unclear, be careful of the drop and of loose rocks and edges to the cliffs.
Some of the gates are cattle deterrents and are electrified, be sure to use the plastic handles and reattach the cable to the housing when you pass through, they are 12 volts, so not dangerous but very unpleasant.
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Food and Drink
Braunwald has plenty of spots for food and drink, but after that, there are no stops until Urnerboden so do make sure you have water and snacks.
Points of Interest
A quaint little vehicle free hamlet, perched on the clifftops with beautiful views of the surrounding mountain ranges and a selection of quality shops and cafes.
This river runs through the valley, winding through meadows, pine forest and stony paths it is unbelievably clear. The water is crystalline, and you can see all of the underwater life from river trout to interesting flora. The temptation for a dip is strong, but be warned - the water is cold!
This huge valley, framed with towering cliff faces that fall steeply to a wide flat bottom, is visually inspiring. The wide grassy plane at the bottom is home to a few villages and some farm animals, and in the winter the population drops to 24 with snowfall of up to 3 metres.
0.00 km - From the funicular station, come to the junction ignore the left and right turns and BEAR RIGHT slightly to ascend the trail, signed Urnerboden
0.70 km - BEAR LEFT as the path forks, keep following the signage which is very clear on this route
1.60 km - BEAR LEFT as the path forks
3.50 km - BEAR RIGHT as the path forks in the woods, take the ascending path
4.60 km - BEAR RIGHT as the path forks in the woods, take the ascending path
6.50 km - As you come out of the woods, the trail meets a road, TURN LEFT descending
7.40 km - At the second hairpin, BEAR RIGHT to ascend and leave the road, joining a clear path where you TURN RIGHT
9.50 km - TURN LEFT off the road onto a path, this path passes through a small quarry and then continues to follow the river, clearly signed, up the valley
10.50 km - Cross the bridge and continue on the trail on the other side of the river
11.10 km - Cross the bridge and continue on the trail
12.80 km - TURN RIGHT off the trail, you will see the gondola station above you, you have finished the days walking.
Take the funicular from Linthal to Braunwald. Make your way to the Linthal-Braunwaldbahn funicular station, and take it up to Braunwald. The funicular takes about 10 mins and runs from early morning. Check www.sbb.ch/en for timetables.
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