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Lake Wichel winter walk

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The path from Sarnen station to Alpnachstad station can be walked winter and summer.
easy
Distance 9.5 km
2:19 h
3 m
41 m
From Sarnen railway station, a few steps lead to the village square with the town hall, witness to the centuries-old federal independence of Canton Obwalden. After crossing the Rathausbrücke, the path follows the Sarneraa river northwards, sometimes on the left and sometimes on the right, to the Aa bridge by former Kägiswil railway station, over which Kernserstrasse leads. Crossing this and the railway track, the path branches off to the northeast and, after passing under the motorway, reaches Lake Wichel nature reserve.

The area around the lake, which was dammed in 1957, was declared a nature conservation area in 2005 as a habitat for rare animal and plant species and as a valuable landscape and recreational amenity. A variety of bird species cavort and breed here, supplemented by rare migratory birds and winter visitors. In 2007 a fish ladder was built at the Sarneraa power plant dam, in whose excess water the fish are able to ascend along a natural migration route into the lake and upper reaches of the Sarneraa.

From the weir, the path switches northwards onto the dam that borders the collection pool of the Grosse Schliere. At the end of the dam, a footbridge crosses the Grosse Schliere and the path passes the southern end of the military airfield and over the motorway bridge to Alpnach railway station. Here the walk can be continued east of the railway line to the Kleine Schliere and on its left embankment to the delta of the Kleine Schliere. Passing the shipyard and through an alley, you reach Alpnachstad railway station.

Author’s recommendation

The walk to Alpnach also corresponds for the most part to the signposted Lake Wichel route 583, which is free of obstacles.
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Update: January 13, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Technique
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Landscape
Highest point
473 m
Lowest point
432 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

The route leads through a nature reserve. Please observe the rules of conduct at the signposts. The path is not signposted or groomed for winter use.

Start

Sarnen station (472 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'661'619E 1'194'051N
DD
46.894718, 8.247236
DMS
46°53'41.0"N 8°14'50.0"E
UTM
32T 442658 5193739
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Destination

Alpnachstad station

Note


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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Ab Luzern oder Interlaken mit dem Luzern-Interlaken-Express nach Sarnen. Ab Alpnachstad reisen Sie mit der S5 zurück nach Luzern oder zurück zum Ausgangspunkt nach Sarnen.

Getting there

Auf der A2 von Luzern her im Tunnel auf die A8 Richtung Interlaken, Sarnen wechseln und dann die Ausfahrt Sarnen Nord nehmen.

Von Interlaken via Brünig auf der A8 bis zur Ausfahrt Sarnen Nord.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'661'619E 1'194'051N
DD
46.894718, 8.247236
DMS
46°53'41.0"N 8°14'50.0"E
UTM
32T 442658 5193739
w3w 
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
9.5 km
Duration
2:19 h
Ascent
3 m
Descent
41 m
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