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Gerschnialp-Untertrübsee Trail

Snowshoeing · Engelberg
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The Gerschnialp Snowshoe Trail is a wonderful way to explore nature as you wander through the Gerschniwald forest at the foot of the Titlis, leaving your tracks in the fresh powder snow.
Distance 3.8 km
1:20 h
138 m
138 m

The Titlis funicular quickly takes snowshoe hikers from the Titlis valley station up to the start of the snowshoe trail. From the mountain station, the route briefly follows the funicular as far as the well signposted start of the Gerschnialp Trail.

You soon reach the first highpoint on the tour – the Gerschniwald forest, a fairy-tale landscape of snow-bedecked pines and tree stumps. When you reach the edge of the forest at Schlegi, you continue across open ground alongside the Bitzistock. Soon you will see the Untertrübsee restaurant in the distance and know that you are halfway through.

You can take a welcome break in the restaurant, whose meringue with whipped cream is generally regarded a sensation. Once you have warmed up and eaten your fill, you can embark on the return journey. First, the route takes you across a wide meadow with an open view of the surrounding mountains before passing alongside the edge of the forest and heading to the Gerschnialp mountain station, where the funicular will take you back down to the valley.

Please ensure you only hike on the signposted snowshoe trail and not the cross-country ski trails alongside it.

Author’s recommendation

With the mountain railway "Älplerseil" this trail can also be connected with the Obertrübseetrail. This guarantees even more snowshoe fun.
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Update: March 24, 2021
Highest point
1,267 m
Lowest point
1,187 m
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Safety information

Please walk along the marked and secured snowshoe paths. The user is responsible for the proposed routes. If you are planning a different route, please refer to the avalanche bulletin, maps and weather forecast.

Tips and hints

Gastronomy: Mountain Restaurant Untertrübsee

Overview map

Snow report

Tickets and Prices

Start

Gerschnialp mountain station (1,267 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'672'782E 1'185'034N
DD
46.812485, 8.392271
DMS
46°48'44.9"N 8°23'32.2"E
UTM
32T 453635 5184505
w3w 
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Destination

Gerschnialp mountain station

Note

Wildlife refuge Trüebsee 1: November 01 - May 15
all notes on protected areas

Public transport

National and international connections (from Zurich airport connections every half hour with approx. 1h travel time) to Lucerne. Afterwards with the Zentralbahn in 43 minutes through varied landscape and gorges up to Engelberg.

From Engelberg station take the free sports bus to the Titlis valley station and from there take the funicular to the starting point of the tour on Gerschnialp.

Getting there

By car you drive on the A2 (Basel-Gotthard) to Stans Süd, then on the main road 20 km to Engelberg. Engelberg is 30 minutes from Lucerne, 1 hour and 15 minutes from Basel, Zurich or Bern.

Parking

Parking spaces are available in Engelberg for a fee.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'672'782E 1'185'034N
DD
46.812485, 8.392271
DMS
46°48'44.9"N 8°23'32.2"E
UTM
32T 453635 5184505
w3w 
///misted.radiates.memory
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Rent your equipment in the local sports shops.

Basic Equipment for Snow Shoe Walking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Snow Shoe Walking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Snowshoes  
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Distance
3.8 km
Duration
1:20 h
Ascent
138 m
Descent
138 m
Circular route Refreshment stops available

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