Trail Conditions

Trail conditions 7 November 2022

The Hohe Kasten is the ideal starting point for hikes in the impressive Alpstein.

From approx. 1,800 m a.s.l. there is snow on the mountain trails. Therefore, the mountain trails can be partly slippery and frozen.

ATTENTION: On the mountain trails (marked white-red-white) the ropes in difficult passages are partly dismantled.
Good equipment including mountain boots with non-slip soles and the necessary attention are indispensable at the moment.

The summer season is coming to an end. Many mountain inns are already closed.
To find out which cable cars and mountain inns are open in Alpstein, visit www.alpstein.ch.

To note: Walking on the hiking trails is at all times at your own risk.

Checklist for a successful hike

Well prepared you can react appropriately to changing conditions. For you to be able to enjoy your hike without worries, please note the following:

  • Follow the signs and stay on marked trails
  • Close fences and pasture gates.
  • Take plenty of drinking water and take regular breaks.
  • In case of bad weather: Turn around or seek shelter
  • Know your limits and pay attention to how you are feeling when on the trail. If you feel unwell or get into difficulties turn around; do not take any risks and do not force anything.
  • Be courteous and observe trail etiquette. Communicate with others and step aside to yield, if possible, when others approach you on a trail. Alert those in front if you wish to pass.
  • Observe the regulations in nature reserves.
  • Take care when lighting a fire. If droughts persist, avoid lighting fires entirely.
  • Grazing livestock: Dogs should be kept on a leash. Walk around herds of cattle calmly and at a distance of 20 to 50 metres.
  • For the sake of nature and the environment: Hike according to the motto “Take nothing with you but your impressions – leave nothing but your footprints”.

Signalling

The signpost shows you the difficulty ...

Hiking trail: yellow
Usually trails without any major challenges. The yellow marked trails are well developed, signposted and marked. Somewhat exposed places are well secured. Apart from the usual attention and caution, the yellow marked hiking trails do not place any special demands on the users. Wearing sturdy shoes with non – slip soles, weather – appropriate equipment and bringing topographic maps are recommended.

Hiking trail: white – red – white
A footpath is usually available; they can be steep, narrow, and partially exposed. Difficult passages are secured with ropes or chains. Users must be sure – footed, not afraid of heights and in good physical shape and must be aware of the dangers in the mountains (falling rocks, risk of slipping and falling, sudden changes in the weather). Steady footing and good trekking shoes recommended as well as basic navigation skills.

Alpine hiking trail: white – blue – white
Often without a path and can include individual, simple climbing sections. Alpine hikings trails leads partly over e.g. snow fields, snow covered glacier passages, gravel plains and slopes and through rocky slopes with short climbing sections. Mostly exposed. Tricky grass heaps. Hikers must be sure – footed, not afraid of heights, and in very good physical shape, as well as being familiar with the dangers of the mountains. In addition to the equipment for mountain hiking trails, a compass, rope, ice axe, and crampons may be necessary.

Winter hiking trail: pink
Winter hiking trails are only signposted during the winter months. They do not place any special demand on the users, but there is a risk of slipping if snow – covered.

Bivouacking in the Alpstein region

A night under the stars

We refer to the official information of de SAC (Swiss Alpine Club).

Spending the night outdoors in the mountains is a special experience in nature. The stars above you twinkle in the clear night air. In order for you wake up as peacefully as you fall asleep, it is important to pay attention to a few points.

Behave considerately, avoid sensitive habitats, and comply with the relevant legal regulations. You can find more information in the leaflet.

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