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Snowshoeing recommended route

Circular trail St. Karl - Sternegg - St. Karl

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    Photo: Ali Cinek, Stoos-Muotatal Tourismus
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    Photo: Stoos-Muotatal Tourismus GmbH, Geschäftsstelle Schwyzer Wanderwege
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Recharge one's batteries

The area around the mountain village of Illgau radiates power and tranquillity. Therefore it is appreciated by nature lovers and snowshoe hikers. Thanks to its southern orientation and altitude, the area often lies above the fog line.

The signposted snowshoe routes are permitted in the Ibergeregg nature reserve.

moderate
Distance 7.1 km
3:00 h
367 m
367 m
Before you start, enjoy a short ride with the small cable car from the village of Illgau up to St. Karl. Once you reach the top, you can take a deep breath and open your senses to the power town of St. Karl. The trail climbs evenly at the beginning, but not steeply. It reflects the gentle landscape, away from the lively ski business. A few metres of altitude difference have to be climbed to Sternenegg. A short break is worthwhile to appreciate the wonderful view over the Mythen, the Muotathaler mountains and the Urner Alps. It continues comfortably, slightly downhill, via Alp Oberer Altberg to Oberberg. On the terrace of the cosy inn you can extend your stay in the fairytale-like winter landscape. In just ten minutes you are back at your starting point and the aerial cableway inevitably takes you back to everyday life.

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Mythen Region / Schwyzer Wanderwege
Update: July 06, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,517 m
Lowest point
1,174 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

For your safety - stay on the route!

SVS snow shoe routes are marked, signposted, safe from avalanches and nature-friendly.

Order snowshoe maps from the Swiss Snowshoe Association (www.s-v-s.ch) 

Attention:
Leave the route forbidden in the nature reserve and hunting ban area!

Tips and hints

For the sake of the wildlife:   

  • Attention: Please respect the recommended game rest zone.   
  • In winter, wild animals need quiet retreats to survive.   
  • Please stay on the route so that the wildlife is not disturbed.   
  • Please keep your dog on a leash.

Start

St. Karl (1,179 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'697'451E 1'206'236N
DD
47.000025, 8.719979
DMS
47°00'00.1"N 8°43'11.9"E
UTM
32T 478711 5205205
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Destination

St. Karl

Note

Nature protection area Ibergeregg: December 01 - March 31
all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Take the SBB to Schwyz railway station. From there by bus line 1 direction Muotathal. You have to get off at the stop Seilbahn Illgau. The cable car Illgau Ried (stop Illgau KIRI) takes you directly to the cosy mountain village.

Getting there

In Seewen-Schwyz you leave the motorway. From there follow the road towards Schwyz Muotathal. After the parking lot of the Stoosbahn valley station (8km) turn left towards Illgau. After another 3.4 km you will reach the village of Illgau. Parking is available at the beginning of the village or in the middle of the village at the cable car Vorderoberberg or on the sports field.

Parking

Valley station cable car Illgau

Illgau village

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'697'451E 1'206'236N
DD
47.000025, 8.719979
DMS
47°00'00.1"N 8°43'11.9"E
UTM
32T 478711 5205205
w3w 
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Recommended equipment for snowshoe sportsmen:   

  • Snowshoes, winter shoes (good hiking boots), depending on weather conditions wind jacket, sweater, gloves, cap, sunglasses, gaiters and walking sticks.   
  • For longer tours rucksack with drink and catering   
  • We recommend map 1:25000, compass, if available GPS   
  • Pocket pharmacy and any required medication

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
7.1 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
367 m
Descent
367 m
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