Map

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Elevation Profile

Elevation Profile of the modified Schweizmobil 'Amdener Hoehenweg' (930) hiking trail.
Source1: Bundesamt für Landestopografie; Drawn with schweizmobilplus.ch

Useful Links

Original Route
Bus Stop
Paid Parking
Weather
Cable Car

Short Description

Amdener Höhenweg (“Amden High Trail”) in St Gall, Switzerland, features a highland moor, alpine foothill forests, as well as views of the Glarus Alps, Alpstein, Walensee, and the Toggenburg region.

The original route is horseshoe shaped, includes a cable car ride, and ends in a different village than it started.

My version skips the cable car and closes the loop, so we don’t have to take the bus back to the start.


Impressions

Seemingly ideal for a warm spring day, we chose this elongated version of the Amdener Höhenweg for our hike of the day. Elongated, because two hours is just too short to still call it a hike in good conscience, and because we prefer walking back to the car to taking the bus back.

The optional ascent was marked by the usual alps (dairy farms and grazing lands) and livestock, a very cute kitten that we almost considered trying to adopt, if we had the space at home, and people coming down from the cable car station where the official named route starts. (YMMV)

The high moor of the 'Amdener Hoehenweg' hike.
The high moor.

Not too crowded apart from the areas near the two villages and the cable car station, we got to enjoy our walk through the high moor and forests in peace and took in the views of the Glarus alps and lake Walen during lunch.

View during the descent during the 'Amdener Hoehenweg' hike.
View during the descent.

The optional descent was a bit on the steep side, but manageable for us novices.

The whole region had a very pleasant and calming atmosphere. We enjoyed our day 🙂

Would you like to share your own experiences with this hike? Do you have any questions? Something to add? Feel free to leave a comment below 🙂


Route Report / Gallery

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  • View during the ascent during the 'Amdener Hoehenweg' hike.
  • View during the ascent during the 'Amdener Hoehenweg' hike.
  • View during the ascent during the 'Amdener Hoehenweg' hike.
  • Chickens, as seen during the 'Amdener Hoehenweg' hike.
  • Kitten, as seen during the 'Amdener Hoehenweg' hike.
  • Kitten, as seen during the 'Amdener Hoehenweg' hike.
  • Kitten, as seen during the 'Amdener Hoehenweg' hike.
  • Kitten, as seen during the 'Amdener Hoehenweg' hike.
  • Chickens, as seen during the 'Amdener Hoehenweg' hike.
  • View during the ascent during the 'Amdener Hoehenweg' hike.
  • Cows, seeking refuge from the sun under a tree as seen during the 'Amdener Hoehenweg' hike.
  • View during the ascent during the 'Amdener Hoehenweg' hike.
  • View during the ascent during the 'Amdener Hoehenweg' hike.
  • View during the ascent during the 'Amdener Hoehenweg' hike.
  • View along the "official" trail during the 'Amdener Hoehenweg' hike.
  • View of the Glarus Alps during the 'Amdener Hoehenweg' hike.
  • The high moor of the 'Amdener Hoehenweg' hike.
  • View along the way during the 'Amdener Hoehenweg' hike.
  • View along the way during the 'Amdener Hoehenweg' hike.
  • Flowers seen during the 'Amdener Hoehenweg' hike.
  • View along the way during the 'Amdener Hoehenweg' hike.
  • View along the way during the 'Amdener Hoehenweg' hike.
  • View of the Glarus Alps during the 'Amdener Hoehenweg' hike.
  • View of the Glarus Alps during the 'Amdener Hoehenweg' hike.
  • View along the way during the 'Amdener Hoehenweg' hike.
  • View during the descent during the 'Amdener Hoehenweg' hike.
  • View of Walensee during the descent during the 'Amdener Hoehenweg' hike.
  • View during the descent during the 'Amdener Hoehenweg' hike.
  • View of Walensee during the descent during the 'Amdener Hoehenweg' hike.
  • View during the descent during the 'Amdener Hoehenweg' hike.
  • View of Walensee during the descent during the 'Amdener Hoehenweg' hike.
  • View during the descent during the 'Amdener Hoehenweg' hike.
  • View on the way back to Amden during the 'Amdener Hoehenweg' hike.
  • View on the way back to Amden during the 'Amdener Hoehenweg' hike.

NEWSLETTER

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Basic Data

Date of Hike:2020-05-17
Participants:Roman, Jenny
Technical Difficulty:T2: Mountain Trail (Partially)

Stats

Roman’s Version

Km14.25
Net Hours (Est.)5
Net Hours (Act.)5
Ascent (m)839
Descent (m)839
Max. Alt. (m)1510
Loop?Yes
Cable Car?No

“Official” Version

Km9
Net Hours (Est.)2
Ascent (m)340
Descent (m)360
Max. Alt. (m)1510
Loop?No
Cable Car?Yes
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