Four-Lake-Hike: Engelberg – Melchsee-Frutt

Switzerland has many lakes, the “4-Lake Hike” in the Jochpass region is probably one of the most beautiful hikes in the central part of Switzerland: beautiful flora, stunning mountain and lake views in the mighty Mt. Titlis area.

Trüebsee

Trüebsee

The tour can be combined with public transportation (train, bus, cable car, gondola) and even extended to a two-day tour. We took the train from Stans to Engelberg, then the cable car up to the Jochpass, hiking to Melchsee-Frutt, taking the cable car down to Stöckalp and then taking the bus back to Stans:

Overview 4-Lake Tour

Overview 4-Lake Tour

Trüebsee - Engstlensee - Tannensee - Melchsee

Trüebsee – Engstlensee – Tannensee – Melchsee (click to enlarge)

All in all, this is a full day trip. Hiking time is around 4-5 hours (around 17 km hiking distance), heavily depending how many picture stops you will take :-).

A short walk from the train station in Engelberg:

Engelberg with view to Nünalphorn

Engelberg with view to Nünalphorn

Many tourists from India/Asia are taking the cable car up to the Mt. Titlis.

Talstation Titlisbahn

Talstation Titlisbahn

Taking the gondola, on the right side the railway up to the Gerschnialp:

Funicular Railway up to Gerschnialp

Funicular Railway up to Gerschnialp

‘Flying’ over the Gerschnialp:

Gerschnialp

Gerschnialp

While all the tourists go up the Mt. Titlis, we exit the gondola at the Trüebsee station. From here we see our next station up there: the Jochpass.

Trüebsee with view to Jochpass

Trüebsee with view up to the Jochpass

But first visit is the Trüebsee, the first lake on our hike:

Trüebsee

Trüebsee (Lake Trüeb)

Passing by the Trüebsee:

Trüebsee

Trüebsee

To save time, we are taking the cable chair lift up to the Jochpass:

Lift up to the Jochpass

Lift up to the Jochpass

Wild Geissberg

Wild Geissberg

View back to Trüebsee

View back to Trüebsee

At Jochpass a sign post points helps us finding the right trail:

sign post at Jochpass

sign post at Jochpass

One way is to go down to Engstlenalp and Engstlensee. Instead we are taking the rim way high above the lake with the Wendenstücke in sight:

Wendenstöcke

Wendenstöcke

The higher we get, the better the views, with a first view to the Engstlensee:

Engstlensee

Engstlensee (Lake Engstlen)

The hike goes through the Oberi Gumm:

Oberi Gumm

Oberi Gumm

View back to the Jochpass and Mt. Titlis station in the back:

View back to Mt. Titlis

View back to Mt. Titlis

Engstlensee

Engstlensee

Going  up to 2323 meters, hiking over Karst, with view to the Tannensee:

View to Tannensee

View to Tannensee

Schaftal

Schaftal

The beautiful flora (and fauna) is always worth a short break:

Brennnesselraupe

Brennnesselraupe

Heading down a bit towards Engstlenalp (1974 m), but we will go directly to the right and up again:

Engstlen

Engstlenalp

The trail will take us over to the Tannalp (1974 m):

Way to Tannalp

Towards Tannalp

Following the path high above Engstlenalp down on the left:

Way up to the Tannalp

On the say to the Tannalp

Small Beauties

Small Beauties

Encounter traditional not-so-wildlife:

Rinderli

Rinderli

Towards Tannalp

Towards Tannalp

Hengliwang

Hengliwang

Passing the lake at Vogelbüel (this one does not count to the four lakes):

Lake at Vogelbüel

Lake at Vogelbüel

Then approaching Tannalp:

Tannalp

Tannalp

Hungry and time for a break at the Berggasthaus Tannalp :-):

Pommes

Pommes

Approaching Tannalpsee:

Tannalpsee

Tannalpsee (Lake Tannalp)

Tannalpsee

Tannalpsee

Everything looks different compared to April this year where still lots of snow was present (see “Winter Wonderland Melchseefrutt“).

Reaching the dam of the lake:

Tannensee Damm

Tannensee Damm

Then heading towards the next lake: Melchsee.

Melchsee

Melchsee (Lake Melchsee)

Passing by the Melchsee Chapel:

Melchsee Kapelle

Melchsee Kapelle

Melchsee Kapelle

Melchsee Kapelle

View from the elevator tower at the lake:

Melchsee Panorama

Melchsee Panorama

Melchsee Kapelle

Melchsee Kapelle

Tired, but very happy about this hike, we took the gondola down to Stöckalp.

Melchsee-Frutt Bahn

Melchsee-Frutt Bahn

With the Postauto (public bus) we arrived back at our starting point in Stans.

Happy 4-Laking 🙂

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7 thoughts on “Four-Lake-Hike: Engelberg – Melchsee-Frutt

  1. Erich, as always fantastic photos. I live on the edge on the mountains but nothing that can compare to your beautiful area.

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    • Thanks! The views could have been better, the clouds started to add up and the air was filled with moisture making it harder to get shots at the end of day. And there are many other beautiful places in the world too.

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