The so called Sardona Tectonic Arena mountain range in the Glarus/Grisons alps being an Unesco world heritage site is what gives this particular snowshoe trail its particular name (“Unesco Circuit”).
What makes this area special, or worthy of being a world heritage site, is how clearly the line between older Permo-Triassic and newer Jurassic rock layers can be seen in the Glarus Thrust.
In winter, though, for example during a snowshoe hike, well… it’s mostly white. So I might have reserved that name for a summer tour. Still a beautiful region and tour though.
- The cable car tickets are about 40 CHF per person.
This winter had been unusually warm, which meant most snowshoe trails were not covered in deep enough (or any) snow, including all the ones I should photograph for Schweizmobil.
One exception is the Unesco Rundweg trail, being located at an altitude of over 2000 meters.
The perfect choice then, for this supposedly sunny Monday off.
Well, the weather did not keep the promise the forecast made, but while the shade made the wind chill bite a bit harder, the overcast alps rising above the fog, clouds pierced by the occasional ray of sunlight, made for absolutely stunning views along the way.
The clouds did eventually dissolve, granting us some brief moments in the sun, here and there.
The trail following and crisscrossing prepared ski pistes in this busy winter sport area was as technically easy as you would expect, while the incline and height difference does pose some requirements to the hiker’s constitution. It’s a short tour though, with plenty of opportunities to abort along the way, so definitely nothing to shy away from.
Probably one of the best options for warm winters, if you don’t mind hiking in a busy ski area. To be fair, that will be the case for all high altitude trails, at least the official and “safe” ones.
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:||2023-01-23|
|Technical Difficulty:||T1: Easy|
|Net Hours (Est.)||3.3|
|Net Hours (Act.)||2.5|
|Max. Alt. (m)||2444|