Hüttchopf Trail is an easy one-way hike from Steg to Wald, via Hüttchopf hill (or vice versa).
Along the way it promises great views of the Zurich Oberland Region, the origin area of the river Töss, and a portion of the alps in the distance.
- This being a one way route, you will either have to backtrack, follow a different path back, or take the train.
While nothing spectacular, the trail did offer nice views of Lake Zurich and the hilly countryside surrounding it.
The highlights of the day were once again the cows we met along the way. For one, there was a group of curious cows that decided to follow another hiker (or his dog, but they were definitely not interested in his wife) across the pasture, the poor guy quickening his step incrementally to no avail.
For another, there were these maginificent Wooly Bullies:
Aren’t they just the wooliest?
As soon as we reached Wald train station, the illusion of the quaint small swiss village was shattered, as the station was full of people sitting/lying on the floor and drinking canned beer at three in the afternoon, accompanied by some lovely drug addicts asking not just for “two franks for a train ticket” as usual in Zurich, but for “some coins or bills (so 10.- plus)” without pretense as to what they were gonna use it for.
I wondered for a second what was special about this small village train station as opposed to all the others I’d seen while hiking until I realized I was in the Canton of Zurich, after which everything made sense.
So because I was starting to feel eyed and nervous about it (another unique feature of being in Zurich) I packed away my camera lest it be stolen for drug money, paid a few bucks extra to upgrade our train ticket to first class (fewer people), and we made our way back to the car parked in Steg.
The hike was nice, but I will choose a round tour again next time, especially if in Zurich (but I prefer loops anyway.)
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
Don’t miss a hike 🙂
|Date of Hike:||2022-05-27|
|Technical Difficulty:||T1: Easy|
|Net Hours (Est.)||4|
|Net Hours (Act.)||4|
|Max. Alt. (m)||1232|