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Hiking towards beautiful Klontalersee and get a swim

  • Jul 25, 2013 · 7:00 AM

Dear All,

Are you also suffering from the heat? Suggest to do a hike around the beautiful Klontalersee and go for a swim.

Glarus - Oberdorf- Bleiche - Unter Sack- Vorder Saggberg - Schwammhöchi - Klöntalersee - Naggeler- Weiden-Rhodannenberg - Haseleufe -Lötschtobel - Bleiche - Glarus. Approx. 15 kilometers- 600 meters up, 600 meters down and about 4,5 to 5 hours.

Suggest to take the 7.12 am train in zurich hb, arriving ziegelbrucke at 7.57, departing here at 8.05 and arriving in glares at 8.19 am.

From Glarus train station, we follow the signposts to "Klöntalersee" along the main road into town. Follow this road as it bends round to the right, and then take the left into Kirchstrasse to go round the left-hand side of the church. Jink through the expanding residential area following the yellow signposts through Feld and Oberdorf to Bleiche.

From Bleiche the signposts lead upwards through the trees and fields, emerging onto another road. Turn left here, following the paved road downhill a short way to the bend, before turning right up the track, past the cows and starting to climb in earnest. The gravel track ascends fairly steeply in parts, before flattening out where it emerges at the alp of Vorder Saggberg, an idyllic meadow with the dramatic snowy peaks of the Glärnisch range peeking out above the trees.

The path now curves round to the left, still climbing, and crosses a track and a road before jinking back through the trees. Shortly the path pops out onto another road, and climbs the last short stretch to Schwammhöchi, where you get the great panorama looking out over the Klöntlaersee a surprisingly long way down, and the Glärnisch range stretching out to the left. The Bergrestaurant Schwammhöhe sits here at 1100m with the perfect vantage point from the terrasse.

After having gazed at the view and refreshed oneself from the climb, it's eventually time to tear oneself away and begin the descent. Initially following the road down to the left, the signposted path takes a few shortcuts to skip the hairpins, descending quite steeply through the trees to the lakeshore at Weiden. This lake being dammed for hydroelectric power, the level of the water can vary quite dramatically and so it can be that the shore is rather bare - however the water is a magical blue-green and the contrast with the massive sheer cliffs beyond is super. Turn right here and walk along the edge of the lake to reach Rhodannenberg where the Hotel Rhodannenberg and the post bus stop await you.


* The organizer is not responsible for any bodily injury or other accidents that might happen during the hike. By signing up on this activity, the participants agree that the organizer will not be held responsible in any way. Although the hike is not complicated, it is each individual responsibility to ensure that they can do the hike and check out the trail.

* To bring along : hiking boots, rain gear, water, snack, lunch ( I suggest we take lunch on the trails), smile, positive attitude, suncream, towel, swimming gear

* In case there is lots of rain, storm etc. then of course this hike does not take place


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  • Marlon

    great hiking, the swim wasn't that necessary anymore, the heavy rain paid off for it....

    July 25, 2013

  • Patrick

    Apart from the torrent rain for 20min, the hike was great. Thanks Marlon.

    July 25, 2013

  • Marlon

    I will hike, no matter how eraly or late, lake full or empty, sunny or not, get your buds out of beds and go hiking...!

    1 · July 24, 2013

  • Mateusz

    Got some urgent work :/
    Maybe we could go on Friday?

    July 24, 2013

  • Britta S.

    might be kanuing up there tomorrow ;-)

    July 24, 2013

  • Guillaume

    I would come, but Thursday is not convenient for me. Just one remark, meeting at 7AM is a bit early, and might discourage some people

    July 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks nice. May I bring along a 12 year old boy? (my son)

    July 24, 2013

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  • Patrick
    Assistant Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Marlon
    Assistant Organizer

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