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Hiking Trail recommended route Stage 4

Tell Trail stage 4: Lucerne-Pilatus-Stans

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  • Aussicht vom Pilatus
    Aussicht vom Pilatus
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The fourth stage of the Tell Trail starts in Lucerne and leads via Fräkmünt up the Pilatus. The descent to Alpnachstad is by cogwheel railway then a walk to Stans.
difficult
Distance 27.4 km
8:00 h
1,650 m
362 m
2,099 m
432 m
Important: Due to construction traffic, the hiking trail section on the Waldstätterweg in the Eichiried/Unterberg forest along the Uferstrasse to pt. 435 (and vice versa) is closed until further notice. A diversion via the embankment is signalled. Reason: Construction & maintenance work.

 

You start in the city of Lucerne. Take the bus to Kriens, where an idyllic hike through the Chrienser Hohwald forest awaits you. From Fräkmünt the paths become rougher. You circle the Klimsenhorn and hike up countless hairpins to Lucerne's local mountain, the Pilatus. The world's steepest cogwheel railway takes you back down to the valley and Alpnachstad. Finally, you walk to Stans village.

Walking time: approx. 5 hours | Distance: 10 km (not including bus, cog railway) | Total elevation gain: 1,650 m | Total elevation loss: 120 m (including cog railway: 1984 m)

Author’s recommendation

If you want to go more easy on your legs for the rest of the tour, you can shorten the distance from Alpnachstad to Stans by public transport. More information here
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Laila Bosco
Update: July 06, 2022
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Highest point
2,099 m
Lowest point
432 m
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Track types

Asphalt 14.86%Nature trail 24.08%Path 26.46%Road 11.82%Lift 22.75%
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4.1 km
Nature trail
6.6 km
Path
7.3 km
Road
3.2 km
Lift
6.2 km
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Rest stops

Restaurant Bellevue
Restaurant Pilatus-Kulm
Berghotel Pilatus-Kulm
Landgasthof Schlüssel
Bellevue
Restaurant Chalet

Safety information

T3: demanding mountain hiking. 

 

• Good surefootedness

• Average navigation skills

• Elementary alpine experience

Tips and hints

This stage is part of the long-distance Tell Trail, which runs through the whole of Central Switzerland in eight stages.

 

Further information on the Tell Trail: www.luzern.com/telltrail

Start

Lucerne (435 m)
Coordinates:
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2'666'229E 1'211'481N
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47.051052, 8.310268
DMS
47°03'03.8"N 8°18'37.0"E
UTM
32T 447612 5211068
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Destination

Stans

Turn-by-turn directions

You start in the city of Lucerne. Take the bus to Kriens, where an idyllic hike through the Chrienser Hohwald forest awaits you. From Fräkmünt the paths become rougher. You circle the Klimsenhorn and hike up countless hairpins to Lucerne's local mountain, the Pilatus. The world's steepest cogwheel railway takes you back down to the valley and Alpnachstad. Finally, you walk to Stans village.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Dank der zentralen Lage ist Luzern mit allen öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln hervorragend erreichbar. 

Parking

In Luzern gibt es verschiedene Parkhäuser. In Kriens sind ebenfalls Parkplätze neben der Seilbahnstation vorhanden. 

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'666'229E 1'211'481N
DD
47.051052, 8.310268
DMS
47°03'03.8"N 8°18'37.0"E
UTM
32T 447612 5211068
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Sturdy footwear.

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Mary Begré
June 19, 2021 · Community
When did you do this route? June 18, 2021
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
27.4 km
Duration
8:00 h
Ascent
1,650 m
Descent
362 m
Highest point
2,099 m
Lowest point
432 m
Public-transport-friendly Multi-stage route Refreshment stops available Cableway ascent/descent Summit route

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