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Rigi Dossen Trail

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Rigi Kloesterli – Heiterenboden – Unterstetten – Dossen – Hinder Dossen – Rigi Scheidegg

Up and down all the way is the best description for the trail from Rigi Kloesterli to Unterstetten. The subsequent climb up Dossen is more challenging and requires a good level of fitness. After the descent to Hinder Dossen, the trail then slopes gently upwards to the final destination at Rigi Scheidegg.

moderate
Distance 4.9 km
2:00 h
469 m
139 m

A richly diverse high-altitude hike topped off by an exhilarating climb to Dossen's peak! From Rigi Klösterli, there's a gentle incline as you walk up through the mountain forest and lush meadows via Heiterenboden on the way to Unterstetten. Here, you'll see the former Scheidegg railway line with it's impressive bridge and there's also a large picnic area where you can take a well-earned rest. Afterwards you have to face to Dossen's steep slopes, but once you reach the summit, the breathtaking view of Lake Lucerne an Bürgenstock peninsula will make whole trip more than it worth. This is literally the apex of the trail. It's followed by a gradual descent into Hinterdossen and a mostly flat path from there to Scheidegg for a relaxing conclusion to the hike. An aerial cable car connects Scheidegg with Kraebel, where there's also a Rigi cogwheel train station.

For your information

In order to let our next generation also could enjoy the beauty of the Rigi, we would like to ask you to dispose of your own waste in the waste bins which are located at all of the stations of RIGI BAHNEN AG. Thank you.

Author’s recommendation

Dossen is my favarioute place of this hike. From there you have the wonderful view over the lake lucerne.
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Update: April 24, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
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Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
1,685 m
Lowest point
1,318 m
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Rest Stop

Berghaus Unterstetten
Berggasthaus Rigi Scheidegg
Alpencafè Rigi Maison

Start

Rigi Klösterli (1,317 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'679'669E 1'210'717N
DD
47.042705, 8.486987
DMS
47°02'33.7"N 8°29'13.2"E
UTM
32T 461028 5210037
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Destination

Rigi Scheidegg

Turn-by-turn directions

Rigi Klösterli (1373 m) – Heiterenboden (1331 m) – Unterstetten (1499 m) – Dossen (1684 m) – Hinder Dossen (1546 m) – Rigi Scheidegg (1658 m)

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Arrive comfortably by cogwheel train from Arth-Goldau

Getting there

A4 highway - exit Goldau - Rigi mountai railway station Arth-Goldau 

Further information of getting there and parking

Parking

There are plenty parking spaces avaliable at the valley stations. Fees apply.

However, we recommend public transport instead of cars: lean back, be stress-free and do something good for the environment.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'679'669E 1'210'717N
DD
47.042705, 8.486987
DMS
47°02'33.7"N 8°29'13.2"E
UTM
32T 461028 5210037
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Sturdy shoewears and weather-adjusted clothing are recommended.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
4.9 km
Duration
2:00 h
Ascent
469 m
Descent
139 m
Public-transport-friendly Scenic Linear route Refreshment stops available

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