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Gfellen-Schimbrig round walk

Route
Hiking Trail
Length
14.2 km
Travel time
5 ½ h
Gipfelkreuz des Schimbrigs
Photo: UNESCO Biosphäre Entlebuch, CC BY, UNESCO Biosphäre Entlebuch
Links den markanten Schimbrig, in der Mitte den Rickhubel und rechts davon die Äbnistetteflue
Photo: UNESCO Biosphäre Entlebuch
Schwefelquelle Schimbrigbad
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Ausblick auf dem Schimbrig nach Westen, mit der Schafmatt als Verlängerung der Flue, link den Fürstein und in der mitte die Schrattenfluh
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Enjoy an ever-changing walk around the Schimbrig. Your reward for tackling the steep climb, which demands surefootedness and concentration, are amazing views from the summit of the Entlebuch mountains, the Pilatus with Lake Lucerne, and the Bernese Alps.
 From Gfellen follow the Grosse Entlen to the Stilaubbrücke bridge. Cross the river and follow the path on the right towards the Schimbrig. At the beginning, your goal - the Schimbrig - is well in sight, before the path zigzags up the steep meadow slope. After about 30 minutes you reach the Understettili alp. From there follow the agricultural road, which, barely climbing, passes the Stettili alp. Stay on the road. Shortly before Schimbrigbad you may smell something rather curious: a sulphurous spring. Be brave and take a sip of the healing spring water!

 

From Schimbrigbad you walk up a meadow path to the edge of the forest, which you zigzag through. You're starting to catch wonderful glimpses of the Entlebuch between the trees. Now follows the most spectacular part of the outing. The last 160 metres up to the summit are mostly on the ridge. To start with, saplings line the ridge, but the last metres consist of bare, grass-covered terrain. From here you have great views of the Titlis and the Bernese Alps. Lake Lucerne is also visible on the right-hand side of the ridge. Shortly before the summit, a pasture fence crosses the ridge. A gate allows you free passage to the nearby summit cross. Enjoy the panoramic view!

 

After a breather, walk back the same way along the ridge. Shortly before the path enters the forest, climb over the fence on the left with a small ladder. From here you descend in a quarter of an hour to the Loegg alp. The bench you encounter on the way down is a good place to pause and enjoy the view. From the Loegg alp you walk down more than 200 altitude metres through the pasture for 20 minutes to reach the Chätterech alp. You then follow the agricultural road and descend steadily to the bottom of the alp. The road takes you about two kilometres along the Grosse Entlen, the last three hundred metres of which are on asphalt. You cross the river over an old timber pedestrian bridge and follow an ascending forest path. At the top you pass the Brüderen alp with its little chapel. From here the Eremitenweg (hermit's way) leads you through a holiday home zone down to the starting point of Gfellen.

Technical details

Tour type
Hiking Trail
Starting point
Gfellen near Finsterwald (Entlebuch)
Point of arrival
Gfellen near Finsterwald (Entlebuch)
Difficulty
Medium
Condition
4 / 6
Ascent
862 m
Descent
861 m
Best Time of Year
June, July, August, September, October
Directions
Starting and end point:  Gfellen near Finsterwald.

Gfellen - Stillaub - Understettili - Alp Stettili - Schimbrigbad-Schimbrig - Alp Loegg -  Alp Chätterech - Grund - Brüederealp - Gfellen

Safety information
The walk calls for surefootedness in parts.
Literature

Die Broschüre "Wandern" mit vielen interessanten Wandervorschläge in der UNESCO Biosphäre Entlebuch erhalten Sie unter: UNESCO Biosphäre Entlebuch

Equipment
Sturdy footwear.
Author’s advice
Try the sulphurous spring water at Schimbrigbad.
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Good to know

Parking
Free parking at Gfellen.
Arrival / Return journey
At Entlebuch follow the turn-off towards Glaubenberg. In Finsterwald stay on the Glaubenberg road until you see the Restaurant Gfellen on your left.
Accessible by bus and train
Yes
Public transport
Buses for Gfellen (Finsterwald) leave from Entlebuch village (on the Lucerne-Bern railway line).
Further information & links
A white-blue alpine path (suitable for experienced walkers) also leads over the hang.