The ‘All Saints Day’ (Nov 1st) is a public holiday for some parts of Switzerland. And because I’m lucky to live in that part and because it could have been one of the last days with excellent hiking conditions, I wanted to hike a trail which has been on my bucket list for a very long time: the ‘Gratwanderweg’ (ridge hike) on the Stoos.
The trail features a permanent 360° stunning view to the mountains and lakes in the area. And features the highest restaurant in the Canton of Schwyz, on the peak of the Fronalpstock.
One way for that tour is to take the cable car (Stoosbahn) up to the car free village of Stoos (1272 m). Than after a short walk, use the chairlift up to the Fronalpstock (1920 m). From there hike the trail to the Huser Stock and then to the Chlingenstock, and from there it is possible to take the chairlift down back to the Stoos. Because it was late of the year and the chairlift to from the Chlingenstock was not running any more, we decided to hike directly down back to the Stoos after the Huser Stock. With time for pick-nick and resting it takes around 6-7 hours.
A new cable car track is now under construction:
Because it is not ready yet, we took the ‘old’ one. With a cable car it goes up from the Stoos base station up to the Stoos village:
After a short walk, we used the chairlift up to the Fronalpstock:
From the Fronalpstock, a stunning view to the Lake of the Four Cantons with Lucerne in the background:
The goal is to go up to the Huser Stuck:
View down to the Lake:
It was a sunny day, but part of the trails were still snow covered, frozen or muddy if not frozen any more.
The snow has been meltet away on the sunny side. The trail requires good hiking equipment plus better your are free of giddiness and you are not scared of heights:
The trail goes down to the Fureggen and then up to the Huser Stock:
‘Gratwanderweg’ means ‘ridge walk’, and indeed, this is what it is: a ridge walk with stunning views:
With probably one of the of the most scenic pick-nick place I know:
Then we reached the top of the Huser Stock (1904 m):
After a break, we started our descend.
The areas which do not get much sun are still snow covered and frozen:
After one more hour, we returned back to the village Stoos.
And with the cable car, we returned back to our starting point.
I hope you enjoyed that ridge walk.
Happy Gratwandering 🙂