Just nearby where I live I have a mountain peak with a beautiful panorama view. So I’ll take you on virtual tour with high-resolution pictures to the Rigi Hochflue (1998 m).
The tour starts from the Gätterli summit (1699 m) in the morning:
At the summit there is a small restaurant which is not open that time in the morning. But from there the peak and the cross on it is visible already:
From here the height difference is about 500 meters. It is rather steep hike up there. The signage at the restaurant informs about a hiking time of 1 hour and 20 minutes which is pretty accurate:
15 minutes later there is another signage, still 1 hour and 5 minutes to go:
That signage warns about that 25 meter mountain ladder at the end of the trail. Plus there is another warning about that hike: So be prepared!
On the way up friendly treeface greets everyone passing by:
You might meet some friendly ‘critters’ (maybe escaped of “Pokemon Go”?) on the way up:
No worries, if you respect them they will respect you :-). Below a view back to the Vitznauer Stock:
Below a view through the trees North-East with the Lake Lowerz. My home town is in the middle of that picture:
After one hour on a very steep trail, the summit cross comes in sight:
The last piece is a 25 meter mountain ladder:
After that it opens up to a beautiful mountain meadow:
The peak is accessible from three sides. The way back to the Gätterli is about 45 minutes:
But first to enjoy the beautiful panorama:
The north face falls down to the area around Lake Lauerz.
Three lakes are around the Hochflue: Lake Zug (left), Lake Lauerz (middle) and the Lake of Four Cantons (right):
But it is not only about the view: the alpine meadow hosts many beautiful flowers (see “Rigi Hochflue Alpine Flowers” for more):
Finally, time to get back down again:
And the friendly ‘critters’ might be still waiting for you:
And finally back to the Gätterli summit were we started:
Definitely not the most easy hike, but it was wonderful. I hope you have enjoyed that virtual tour. And if you are in the area and want to get up there too, let me know!
Happy Hiking 🙂