Kärpf Hike - Mettmen to Elm via Wildmad
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Wandern auf Mettmen über WildmadPhoto: Maya Rhyner, VISIT Glarnerland
Well-known and popular mountain hike over the Wildmad with the opportunity to observe wildlife.
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.
Buy the Wildmad round trip ticket and leave the car comfortably in Schwanden. Included are the two mountain cable cars and the bus.
Tips and hints
Public-transport-friendlyTake 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 thereTake 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.
Free parking is available at the lower station of the cable car Kies-Mettmen.
Author’s map recommendations
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