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Hike to Muttsee

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  • Muttsee
    / Muttsee
    Photo: AXPO, VISIT Glarnerland AG
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    Photo: Gabriela Heer, VISIT Glarnerland AG
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    Photo: Gabriela Heer, VISIT Glarnerland AG
  • / Sicht Richtung Limmernsee
    Photo: Fridolin Hösli, VISIT Glarnerland AG
  • / Muttseehütte
    Photo: Fridolin Hösli, VISIT Glarnerland AG
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    Photo: Gabriela Heer, VISIT Glarnerland AG
  • / Bänkli oberhalb Limmernsee
    Photo: Fridolin Hösli, VISIT Glarnerland AG
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    Photo: Gabriela Heer, VISIT Glarnerland AG
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Hike to the highest reservoir in Europe, the dam wall is the highest in Switzerland at 1050 meters. Plenty of game to observe along the way and the Muttseehütte SAC invites you to stop for a bite to eat.
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difficult
Distance 10 km
4:30 h
906 m
908 m

A beautiful and varied hike to the Muttsee, the highest reservoir in Europe. The hike starts in Tierfehd, where the first 1000 meters of altitude can be conquered with the KLL Tierfehd-Kalktrittli cable car.

Hike via Muttenwändli:

From the mountain station, the marked hiking trail leads via Chalchtrittli, Nüschen, Muttenwändli to the hut. This trail has been extended and widened, exposed areas are adequately equipped with chains - appox. 2.5 hrs. from the mountain station / T3.

Hike through the gallery:

From the mountain station, a marked hiking trail leads through the power plant tunnel (approx. 3 km) to Lake Limmeren. From there on the renovated and widened hiking trail ascends over mortar to the hut. This trail dries quickly after precipitation due to its south-facing location - 2.5 hrs. from the mountain station / T2 (a short passage secured with chains T3). Sturdy shoes are indispensable here.

Access from Linthal:

Via Auengüter / Obbort: If you want to start from Linthal without the cable car, walk via Auengüter to Obbort and through the "Tritt" to Baumgartenalp. From there via Tor, Nutzenbrunnen, Gälb Chopf, Nüschenalp, Muttenwändli to the hut. The "Tritt" is tricky in wet conditions, especially on the descent. (6 to 7 hours from Linthal SBB / T4)

Via Pantenbrugg: From Linthal west along the Linth to Tierfehd and further via Pantenbrugg, Üeli, Schwamm to Baumgartenalp. From there via Geisstritt, Ober Baumgarten, Chalchtrittli, Nüschenalp, Muttenwändli to the hut. 6 to 7 hours from Linthal SBB / T3

Author’s recommendation

A visit to the Muttseehütte and the dam wall is worthwhile! The tunnel has also been accessible since summer 2018.
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Author
Gabriela Heer 
Update: June 23, 2021
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Highest point
2,570 m
Lowest point
1,871 m
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Safety information

Muttenwändli is dangerous when snow and ice are present.

Tips and hints

Current:

Due to the Axpo Solar Project "the largest alpine solar plant in Switzerland", the dam wall is not accessible in the summer of 2021! The hike to the Muttseehütte is not affected by this, the Muttseehütte SAC welcomes your visit! Access to the Kistenpasshütte SAC is still guaranteed via detour.

Further information about the pioneering project

 

The Linth-Limmern hydroelectric power station can be viewed with a guided tour!

Information and registration

Start

Tierfehd, Linthal (1,877 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'718'677E 1'191'974N
DD
46.868298, 8.995297
DMS
46°52'05.9"N 8°59'43.1"E
UTM
32T 499641 5190528
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Destination

Muttsee

Turn-by-turn directions

The tour starts in Glarnerland - in Tierfehd at the cable car in Tierfehd-Kalktrittli. The cable car climbs about 1000 meters in a few minutes. From Kalktrittli it continues to Muttsee in about 2.5 hours.

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all notes on protected areas

Getting there

From Zurich or Churs / Sargans about 80 minutes on the highway (A3) to exit Niederurnen (No. 44). Follow the main road in the direction of Glarus / Klausen. In the village of Linthal drive in the direction of Tierfehd.

If you travel by public transport, the walk to Tierfehd takes about 1.5 hours.

Parking

Ample parking available at the cable car at KLL Tierfehd Kalktrittli.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'718'677E 1'191'974N
DD
46.868298, 8.995297
DMS
46°52'05.9"N 8°59'43.1"E
UTM
32T 499641 5190528
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Only suitable for mountain walkers with a head for heights! Partly exposed in the lower section. Children should not be left unattended! Sturdy shoes are essential.

Basic Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • Climbing helmet as required
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

Questions and answers

Question from Urs Würgler  · September 12, 2020 · Community
Muss man Licht mitnehmen
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Answered by Gabriela Heer  · September 16, 2020 · VISIT Glarnerland AG
Grüäzi Herr Würgler Besten Dank für Ihre Nachricht. Es freut uns natürlich sehr, dass Sie die Muttseewanderung begehen möchten. Falls Sie die Route durch den Stollen wählen, kann man eine Stirnlampe mitnehmen ist jedoch kein Muss. Der Stollen verfügt über Licht an den Seitenwänden. Beste Grüsse Ihr Braunwald-Klausenpass Tourismus

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Difficulty
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Distance
10 km
Duration
4:30 h
Ascent
906 m
Descent
908 m
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