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Kärpf Hike - Mettmen to Elm via Wildmad

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  • Stausee Garichti
    / Stausee Garichti
    Photo: Elm Ferienregion, Freiberg Kärpf, Maya Rhyner
  • / Wandern auf der Mettmen-Alp
    Photo: Elm Ferienregion, Freiberg Kärpf, Maya Rhyner
  • / Chüebodensee
    Photo: Elm Ferienregion, Sportbahnen Elm
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Well-known and popular mountain hike over the Wildmad with the opportunity to observe wildlife.

moderate
9.6 km
3:44 h
693 m
811 m

Starting from Kies, take the cable car up to Mettmen and start the hike on the Mettmen Alp (1608m). A short ascent leads to the Garichtisee.

First, you will walk along the lake shore, where various fire-pits invite you to linger. Then, there is an easy ascent to the Alp Ober Stafel. At about 1926 m above sea level you leave the path to the Leglerhütte and follow the stream and continue to the highest point of the hike, the Wildmadfurggeli. A magnificent panorama opens up to you to the Piz Sardona, Tschingelhörner and many more.

Finally you start the descent: after a short time you will see the Chüebodensee. You follow the alpine path down to the Obere Ämpächli Alp. From here you walk on a beautiful path to Unter Ämpächli. If the visibility is good, you can even catch a glimpse of the famous Martinsloch in the Sardona World Heritage Site opposite.

The Sportbahnen Elm gondola lift finally carries you down to Elm.

Author’s recommendation

Buy the Wildmad round trip ticket and leave the car comfortably in Schwanden. Included are the two mountain cable cars and the bus.

Profile picture of Jasmin Schläpfer (Elm Ferienregion)
Author
Jasmin Schläpfer (Elm Ferienregion) 
Updated: May 10, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,293 m
Lowest point
1,482 m
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Tips, hints and links

Luftseilbahn Kies-Mettmen

Sportbahnen Elm

Sernftalbus

Start

Mettmen Mountain Station (1,600 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'726'148E 1'202'151N
DD
46.958447, 9.096079
DMS
46°57'30.4"N 9°05'45.9"E
UTM
32T 507310 5200551
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Destination

Ämpächli Mountain Station

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Take the train to Schwanden station. Take the bus to Kies (Attention: Please note the timetable, the bus only runs during the summer months). The bus will take you directly to the lower station of the cable car. At the end of the hike you can get on the bus at the Sportbahnen Elm in the direction of Schwanden and change trains again in Schwanden.

Getting there

Take the A3 Niederurnen exit and follow the connecting road in the direction of Näfels. At the traffic light Näfels enter towards Elm. Continue via Glarus to Schwanden. At Schwanden turn left towards Elm. Then turn right towards Mettmen and follow the road to the lower station.

Parking

Free parking is available at the lower station of the cable car Kies-Mettmen.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'726'148E 1'202'151N
DD
46.958447, 9.096079
DMS
46°57'30.4"N 9°05'45.9"E
UTM
32T 507310 5200551
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Hiking map of Elm Ferienregion 1:25‘000

Hiking map of Tektonikarena Sardona 1:50‘000

Online-Shop Elm Ferienregion

Equipment

Proper hiking equipment is necessary. Binoculars are recommended for observing wildlife.

Questions and answers

Question from Olaf Marciniak · January 10, 2021 · Community
Guten Abend, wir haben vor den Wanderweg im Sommer zu erkunden. Ist dieser ausreichend gekennzeichnet - Richtung Elm? Danke schön.
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Guten Tag Herr Marciniak, diese Route ist eine gut frequentierte Route und somit sehr gut gekennzeichnet. Ich wünsche Ihnen eine gute Wanderung

Reviews

5.0
(1)
Wolfgang Gleirscher 
June 12, 2018 · Outdooractive Editors
Super schöne Tour. Geht auch als 2 Tagestour von Schwanden mit Übernachtung in Mettmen (Hotel oder Naturfreundehaus). Bei der Gondelbahn in Elm angekommen kann man mit Mountainkarts ins Tal brausen. Die etwas Adrenalingeladenere Variante als die Gondel zu nehmen.
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Completed this Route on June 10, 2018

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
9.6 km
Duration
3:44 h
Ascent
693 m
Descent
811 m
Public-transport-friendly Refreshment stops available Geological highlights Cableway ascent/descent

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