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Hiking Trail

Gfellen-Schimbrig round walk

· 2 reviews · Hiking Trail · UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch
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  • Gipfelkreuz des Schimbrigs
    / Gipfelkreuz des Schimbrigs
    Photo: UNESCO Biosphäre Entlebuch
  • / Schwefelquelle Schimbrigbad
    Photo: UNESCO Biosphäre Entlebuch, UNESCO Biosphäre Entlebuch
  • / Ausblick auf dem Schimbrig nach Westen, mit der Schafmatt als Verlängerung der Flue, link den Fürstein und in der mitte die Schrattenfluh
    Photo: UNESCO Biosphäre Entlebuch, UNESCO Biosphäre Entlebuch
  • / Ein Sonnenuntergang auf dem Schimbrig geniessen
    Photo: UNESCO Biosphäre Entlebuch
  • / Schimbrig Bad
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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.
moderate
14.2 km
5:04 h
862 m
861 m
 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.

Author’s recommendation

Try the sulphurous spring water at Schimbrigbad.
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Updated: May 05, 2020

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1815 m
Lowest point
989 m
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Safety information

The walk calls for surefootedness in parts.

Tips, hints and links

A white-blue alpine path (suitable for experienced walkers) also leads over the hang.

Start

Gfellen near Finsterwald (Entlebuch) (1015 m)
Coordinates:
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46.955997, 8.127152
DMS
46°57'21.6"N 8°07'37.7"E
UTM
32T 433586 5200644
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Destination

Gfellen near Finsterwald (Entlebuch)

Turn-by-turn directions

Starting and end point:  Gfellen near Finsterwald.

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

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Buses for Gfellen (Finsterwald) leave from Entlebuch village (on the Lucerne-Bern railway line).

Getting there

At Entlebuch follow the turn-off towards Glaubenberg. In Finsterwald stay on the Glaubenberg road until you see the Restaurant Gfellen on your left.

Parking

Free parking at Gfellen.

Coordinates

DD
46.955997, 8.127152
DMS
46°57'21.6"N 8°07'37.7"E
UTM
32T 433586 5200644
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Die Broschüre «Wandern - Wandervorschläge in der UNESCO Biosphäre Entlebuch» erhalten Sie im Biosphärenzentrum oder im Broschüren-Shop auf www.biosphaere.ch

Equipment

Sturdy footwear.

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Reviews

4.5
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Maren Stauber
June 26, 2020 · Community
Tolle Tour! Nur Essen sollte man dabei haben, die Einkehrmöglichkeiten sind eher rar gesäht.
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Done at June 21, 2020
Blickauf den Vierwaldstätter See
Photo: Maren Stauber, Community
Robert Wellinger 
June 26, 2018 · Community
Wirklich eine schöne Wanderung. Achtung, wer Angst vor Kühen hat sollte vielleicht davon absehen. Der grösste Teil der Wanderung ist im Kuh - Gehege. Aber wenn man etwas acht gibt ist es kein Problem.
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Das Ziel bei Ankunft
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Auf dem Gipfel. Einige Brenesseln...
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Blickauf den Vierwaldstätter See
Das Ziel bei Ankunft
Auf dem Gipfel. Einige Brenesseln...

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
14.2 km
Duration
5:04h
Ascent
862 m
Descent
861 m
Public transport friendly Loop Scenic Summit route

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