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On the Muota valley's local mountain

Route
Mountain Hike
Length
14.1 km
Travel time
8 h
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This strenuous hike features plenty of climbing as it follows wonderful paths to the summit. The Wasserberg is visible from afar as it keeps watch, monarch-like, over its subjects.
It's best to start the ascent at the hamlet of Schwarzenbach in the Bisis valley as early as possible in the morning. A few metres above the inn, leave the road and follow the alp road towards Galtenäbnet. At point 1262, take the path to Gigenalp: the Gigen mountain refuge is already above the tree line. You ascend in a little valley towards a small lake, the Träsmerenseeli. The bizarre and almost threatening rock bastions of the Wasserberg's east ridge are to your right. The Träsmerenseeli offers a fantastic view of the Chaiserstock chain. The descent to the Liplis is via the Ober Träsmeren. Passing the Zingel alp you reach a simple restaurant, a good place to pause for something to eat and drink. There's another such eatery 10 minutes further down at the Liplisbüel. On the way to the Muota valley, you follow in the footsteps of the Russian general Suvorov, who in 1799 moved with his soldiers over the Chinzig Chulm to the Muota valley.

Technical details

Tour type
Mountain Hike
Starting point
Schwarzenbach, Bisis valley
Point of arrival
Muota velley
Difficulty
Difficult
Condition
5 / 6
Ascent
1426 m
Descent
1755 m
Best Time of Year
April, May, June, July, August, September
Directions
Schwarzenbach (Bisis valley) - Gigen - Träsmerenseeli - Wasserbergfirst - Liplisbüel - Muota valley
Equipment
Sturdy footwear with good soles.
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Good to know

Arrival / Return journey
The Muota valley is in the middle of of Central Switzerland and easy to reach by car.

Coming from Basel/Lucerne:

From Lucerne, take the A14 motorway towards Zug. After 20 km you come to the Rütihof junction: take the A4 towards Schwyz. Exit at "Schwyz" and follow the signs for "Muotathal".

 

Coming from Lake Constance and Rapperswil:

At Rapperswil head towards Pfäffikon / Gotthard. At Pfäffikon briefly join the A3 motorway towards the Gotthard. Take the first exit (Gotthard / Schwyz). Follow the main road via Rothenthurm and Sattel to Schwyz. Then follow the signs for "Muotathal".

 

Coming from Gotthard/Altdorf:

Assuming you're on the motorway, at Flüelen take the bypass (tunnel) towards Schwyz. After the Mosi tunnel, leave the motorway at junction 40 (Brunnen), which is the exit for Weggis/Gersau/Schwyz/Brunnen. Head towards Ibach/Schwyz, then in Ibach take the first exit of the second roundabout (at "Dany's Familienrestaurant") to Muotathal.

Accessible by bus and train
No
Public transport
The Muota valley lies in the heart of Central Switzerland. Muota can be reached by public transport, e.g. train to Schwyz then bus. no 1 (service provided by Auto AG Schwyz).

 

Minibus no. 6 connects "Muotathal Post" and "Sahli/Talstation Glattalpbahn" for the aerial cableway. For times and information click here.