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Elevation Profile

Elevation Profile of the Schweizmobil 'Ahornen-Rundweg' (823) hiking trail.
Source1: Bundesamt für Landestopografie; Drawn with schweizmobilplus.ch

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Bus
Free Parking
Weather

Short Description

From Obersee, a family favorite spot for spending a day at the lake to the vacation village of Vorder-Ahornen, this round tour offers great views of the Oberseetal (valley) and the mountains surrounding it, as well as the hundred year old Rauti-Troos nature reserve.

Most of the trail leads across meadows, mountain farms and through forests, respectively, with a short, narrow gravel mountainside section.

Notes

  • There is lots of free parking, but road leading up to the lake is very narrow with lots of blind bends. Experience with Swiss mountain roads and dealing with oncoming traffic on one lane roads recommended.
  • There are only a few small places along the lake shore that allow for BBQing or sunbathing.
  • There is a bus from Näfels, but it has to be chartered. See link.

Impressions

As a short warm-up hike for the impending summer hiking season, and with an alternative to hiking if a) the uncertain weather decided to shift to the wetter side in the afternoon and/or b) Jenny’s knee did not feel well enough for a hike, the Ahornen-Rundweg seemed ideal for this hopefully dry Saturday after a rainy week.

Mount Bärensoolspitz, as seen from the Ahornen-Rundweg hiking Trail in Glarus, Switzerland
Bärensoolspitz (mountain), probably.

Well, the weather held but Jenny’s knee did not, so I went for my first summer hike of the year alone while she enjoyed a nice day at the lake below.

Image of a hill full of ramsons, bear's garlic
Ramsons. Lots of ramsons. Too late to collect though, ready to flower.

After a steep, but short ascent, the trail fulfilled its promise of offering lovely views of the Obersee valley and surrounding mountains.

View of Obersee lake and Oberseetal valley from the Ahornen-Rundweg hiking trail in Glarus, Switzerland
Oberseetal

It does seem this modest altitude was a bit premature for mid May, even after a mild winter and warm spring, as there were still snow fields on some slopes, and part of the path had been destroyed by a landslide or avalanche. Mental note made to be more patient next year.

Special perspective of Rautispitz mountain. And yes, that’s the destroyed path.

Nevertheless a nice route and definitely recommended as an easy hike for a mild day, especially if combined with a picnic at the lake (which may or may not contain a large number of screaming children).

View of Obersee during the descent

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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  • Mount Bärensoolspitz, as seen from the Ahornen-Rundweg hiking Trail in Glarus, Switzerland
  • Image of a hill full of ramsons, bear's garlic
  • Image of a hill full of ramsons, bear's garlic
  • View of Obersee lake and Oberseetal valley from the Ahornen-Rundweg hiking trail in Glarus, Switzerland
  • Snow field covering a summer hiking trail in Switzerland, mountains in the background.
  • View of Rautispitz mountain, Obersee lake and Oberseetal valley from the Ahornen-Rundweg hiking trail in Glarus, Switzerland
  • Oberseealp

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Basic Data

Date of Hike:2022-05-14
Participants:Roman (Solo)
Technical Difficulty:T2: Mountain Trail

Stats

Km10.6
Net Hours (Est.)3.75
Net Hours (Act.)3
Ascent (m)660
Descent (m)660
Max. Alt. (m)1469
Loop?Yes
Cable Car?No
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