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Round route Guggeli

Winter Hiking
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Over torrents and through the forest

The round trip to the Guggeli Pass is the most popular winter hike in Muotathal. It runs along the sunny side of the valley. With monasteries, forests, torrents, pastures and vantage points, the trail offers plenty of variety.

moderate
Distance 5.5 km
2:00 h
191 m
191 m
We start in Wil, the oldest part of the village Muotathal. From the old monastery we go to the monastery St. Josef, where still today some Franciscan nuns live and work. In 1799 the Russian general Suworow moved into this monastery when he fought against the French in Schwyz. But this hike is not a fight, but a pleasure. The road leads to the Guggeli, where a break is worthwhile. The self-service broom-stand in the Gaden and its sunny seats invite you to linger with a view of the impressive Wasserberg. A small ascent over woods and torrents to the highest point of the hike, the Änzenenbänkli, follows. Your feet stay still and the view continues over the wide, flat valley floor: from Ried via Muotathal and in the direction of Bisisthal. The gentle descent leads through open pastureland back to the monastery and finally to the starting point. The trail is not signposted.

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Bäsäbeizli & viewpoint Guggeli
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Stoos-Muotatal Tourismus GmbH / Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
Update: July 06, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
801 m
Lowest point
610 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Gasthaus zum Hirschen
Restaurant Schützenhaus
Hotel Restaurant Alpenblick
Restaurant Hölloch

Safety information

The walking and winter hiking trails are not specially signposted. After heavy snowfall, the paths may not always be cleared.

Tips and hints

www.muotathal.ch/tourismus/angebote-winter

Start

Wil (610 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'700'338E 1'203'652N
DD
46.976350, 8.757367
DMS
46°58'34.9"N 8°45'26.5"E
UTM
32T 481545 5202564
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Destination

Wil

Turn-by-turn directions

Just follow the Wetterfroschwanderweg

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Bushaltestelle Muotathal Post

Getting there

Von der A4 Richtung Schwyz - Muotathal - Muotathal Post

Parking

Öffentlicher Parkplatz Muotathal

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'700'338E 1'203'652N
DD
46.976350, 8.757367
DMS
46°58'34.9"N 8°45'26.5"E
UTM
32T 481545 5202564
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Solid, winter shoes with good sole, warm clothing adapted to the weather (if necessary hat, gloves and trekking poles); possibly warm drinks.

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
  • 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 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.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
5.5 km
Duration
2:00 h
Ascent
191 m
Descent
191 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Way cleared

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