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Schneeschuhtrail Rothwald

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    Photo: Silvio Burgener, Brig Simplon Tourismus AG
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Experience the fascination of snowshoeing in the beautiful winter world of the Rothwald. Where you can glide through snow-covered and untouched winter landscapes.
difficult
Distance 6.4 km
3:00 h
469 m
501 m
2,222 m
1,721 m

This snowshoe trail leads from the valley station of the Rothwald ski lifts via the marked trail into the upper Rothwald forest, up the Jochtwald forest to the panorama restaurant Mäderlicka. From there it descends into the imposing "Durstbachschlucht" gorge to the "Durstbachbrücke" bridge (branch). Then it goes over the groomed Wasmerstrasse/Piste to the mountain restaurant Wasenalp. Behind the restaurant we follow the marked trail over the "Hackber" down to "d'Obru Egge" and from there back to the Hotel Ganterwald and over the pavement of the national road back to the starting point.

The "Extreme Variant": go the hike in the opposite direction. Attention: steep ascent in the gorge!

More winter hiking trails can be found here

Author’s recommendation

Ganterwald, Schutzhaus, Wasenalp and Mäderlicka in these restaurants you can have a meal and enjoy the view.
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Silvio Burgener 
Update: December 23, 2021
Difficulty
difficult
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,222 m
Lowest point
1,721 m
Best time of year
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Track types

Forested/wild trail 53.29%Path 17.61%Road 29.08%
Forested/wild trail
3.4 km
Path
1.1 km
Road
1.9 km
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Rest stops

Hotel Ganterwald
Restaurant Mäderlicka

Safety information

This route is only accessible when the lake is open (danger of avalanches)!

The trails are marked with wooden poles with a purple coating. In addition, reflective light bands are attached. We kindly ask you to follow the marked routes in the interest of our forest and wildlife. Waste should be put back in your rucksack.

Tips and hints

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Start

Rothwald, Post (1,752 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'646'197E 1'125'492N
DD
46.279264, 8.038005
DMS
46°16'45.4"N 8°02'16.8"E
UTM
32T 425886 5125526
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Destination

Ganterwald, Post

Turn-by-turn directions

This snowshoe trail leads from the valley station of the Rothwald ski lifts via the marked trail into the upper Rothwald forest, up the Jochtwald forest to the panorama restaurant Mäderlicka. From there it descends into the imposing "Durstbachschlucht" gorge to the "Durstbachbrücke" bridge (branch). Then it goes over the groomed Wasmerstrasse/Piste to the mountain restaurant Wasenalp. Behind the restaurant we follow the marked trail over the "Hackber" down to "d'Obru Egge" and from there back to the Hotel Ganterwald and over the pavement of the national road back to the starting point.

The "Extreme Variant": go the hike in the opposite direction. Attention: steep ascent in the gorge!

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

From Brig the Rothwald can be easily reached by post bus.

Getting there

Post bus stops are available in both Ganterwald and Rothwald.

Parking

Free parking is available in Ganterwald and Rothwald.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'646'197E 1'125'492N
DD
46.279264, 8.038005
DMS
46°16'45.4"N 8°02'16.8"E
UTM
32T 425886 5125526
w3w 
///objecting.falters.monkey
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Hiking maps are available from the Brig and Simplon Tourist Offices.

Equipment

Clothing adapted to the weather conditions is indispensable.

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
6.4 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
469 m
Descent
501 m
Highest point
2,222 m
Lowest point
1,721 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Forest
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Morning
1600 m 1800 m
Afternoon

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