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.
Safety informationThe 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.
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.
Basic Equipment for Winter Hiking
- 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
- moisture wicking skull / knit cap
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Kit para bolhas
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
Technical Equipment for Winter Hiking
- Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
- Trail ‘spike’ crampons at minimum and a basic ice axe are recommended when covering steeper terrain
- 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.