The Hummel tour offers a wealth of fine views. Much of the route follows that of the Einsiedeln Iron Bike Race held every September.
From the railway station we ride to the abbey and then along the main road in the direction of Gross. At the Steinbach restaurant we bear right of the small viaduct over Lake Sihl and follow the side road across the Ahorenweid pasture to Rütirank. From here, it is less than one kilometre before the ascent through Schräwald forest. After climbing the first three kilometres on asphalt, there is an interesting, relatively flat stretch of about five kilometres to Unterer Hummel.
From here you can enjoy magnificent views of Lakes Sihl, Zurich, Pfäffikon and Greifen. On a clear day, you can even see as far as the Black Forest. After the long ascent to Hummel, there is a rapid descent towards Gross. At the crossroads (bridge) before the Steinauer sawmill, we turn left and arrive, after one kilometre, at Chälen.
Here we bear left and leave the road, then after a good ten minutes we reach Chüeboden. This is followed by the final descent to Eigen; the gentle descent back to Einsiedeln is via Trachslau and the Au Convent. As an alternative, it is possible to return directly to Einsiedeln from Chälen via Wäni.
Einsiedeln – Unteriberg – Unter Hummel – Trachslau – Einsiedeln
The route is waymarked in one direction only: Einsiedeln - Unteriberg - Unter Hummel - Trachslau - Einsiedeln.
The Swiss Federal Railways and Südostbahn railway company (SOB) run a half-hourly service between to Einsiedeln from Zurich. An hourly service to Einsiedeln is provided by the Voralpen Express railway company, which runs between Romanshorn in eastern Switzerland and the Lucerne conurbation.