Map

Thumbnail for the map of the 'Alp- und Kulturweg Schrina' trail, opens link to interactive web map.
Source: Bundesamt für Landestopografie; Drawn with schweizmobilplus.ch

Elevation Profile

Elevation Profile for the map of the 'Alp- und Kulturweg Schrina' trail
Source: Bundesamt für Landestopografie; Drawn with schweizmobilplus.ch

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Short Description

The round tour “Alp- und Kulturweg Schrina” (“Cultural- and Alp Route Schrina”) partially follows the info-sign bearing one way route of the same name, but its main feature is the gorgeous view along the top whereas on one side you get to see the “Churfirsten” group of mountain peaks up close and on the other Walensee (lake) and the beautiful Seeztal (valley), not to mention the mystically peaceful highlands at the top of the route.

This is the second time I’ve done this route, though it’s the first time I’ve done the official version. For my earlier variant including the T4 via ferrata tour marked in blue in the middle of the map, see this post.

Notes

  • The steepest part of the ascent (east) used to be a T4 (blue) route, as you can still see on some old signage that has been partially painted over. There are definitely a couple of exposed and less than perfectly signed areas that could be called dangerous. The rest of the route is mostly around T2 level difficulty.

Impressions

Image of a lizard poking its head out of its stone wall hifing place
A curious tenant

The beginning of the hike was relaxed enough, with wholesome alp views and multiple encounters with shy but curious (and cute) lizards along the way.

“Fallen Tree” – I’m terrible at titles.

The forested portion of the ascent is very steep, as you might guess from the height profile. We like forest roads, so we enjoyed ourselves.

As mentioned in the notes, parts of the ascent can be dangerous, so be careful. Especially during exposed bits where you would get an easy grip on rocks, had they not been polished by millions of boots by now, making them slippery not just when wet.

The top portion and highlight of the route was rather engulfed in fog (or clouds) so we didn’t get the usual views of Walensee and Seeztal, but that took nothing away from the beauty and atmosphere of the path and highland area themselves. It also let me take some (imho) great pictures of the shrouded Churfirsten peaks:

Part of Frümsel(?) poking out from the clouds
Part of Frümsel(?) poking out from the clouds

Jenny, meanwhile was following her own muse and was intermittently playing her Kalimba, adding to the mystical atmosphere of the misty highlands. It was wonderful 🙂

The descent and walk back to the starting point crosses alpine cultural land again, which has its own charm.

All in all a diverse, interesting, and beautiful hike that I’d recommend to anyone feeling up to the slightly technical ascent.

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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  • Image of Kapelle Walenstadtberg
  • Image of a dry stone wall teeming with lizards
  • Image of a lizard poking its head out of its stone wall hifing place
  • Image of a lizard poking its head out of its stone wall hifing place
  • Part of Frümsel(?) poking out from the clouds
  • Part of Frümsel(?) poking out from the clouds
  • Part of Frümsel(?) poking out from the clouds
  • Obersäss

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Basic Data

Date of Hike:2021-09-12
Participants:Roman, Jenny
Technical Difficulty:T3+ (Partially)

Stats

Km11
Net Hours (Est.)4.5
Net Hours (Act.)4.75
Ascent (m)1000
Descent (m)1000
Max. Alt. (m)1718
Loop?Yes
Cable Car?No
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