Hiking around the Fallenflue

With a heat wave rolling over Europe, a hike these days needs some careful planning. With outside temperatures in the 36-39°C range, I prefer something inside a forest. And for this, the hike around the Fallenflue was perfect.

Fallenflue Chänzeli

Fallenflue Chänzeli

The hike is on the rim of the ‘Fallenflue’. I’m not sure the exact origin of the name, but ‘Fallen’ can mean ‘Traps’ or ‘falling’. And ‘Flue’ means an outer edge or rim of a mountain. So maybe this indeed means ‘a rim where you can fall down’ or ‘a rim where they were hunting with some traps.

The map below shows the details:

Hike around Fallenflue (adopted from http://www.seilbahn.illgau.ch)

  1. Start the cable car station St. Karl, featuring a big playground and barbecue area and
  2. Follow the ‘Chäferliweg’ down to Wart with the beautiful chapel
  3. Then follow the #4 to the  look out down to the valley
  4. Proceed to the lookout at the Chänzeli
  5. At the intersection with the Bruder Klaus memorial, follow #7/#4 to Gründel and return to the starting point

Duration: around 3.5 hours. Most of the trails are inside the forest, so perfect for a hot summer day. The trail is very beautiful and pictures can hardly capture this.

Starting point at the cable station of Illgau-St.Karl:

Luftseilbahn Illgau St. Karl

Luftseilbahn Illgau St. Karl

Following the ‘Chäferli’ (Ladybug) hiking trail signs:

Chäferliweg

Chäferliweg

The Ladybugs are a good guidance:

Guiding Chäferli

Guiding Chäferli

And they are hiding in the trees too:

Felix

Felix

Old tree on a rock:

old tree

old tree

The small chapel at Wart:

Kapelle Wart

Kapelle Wart

Door Wart Chapel

Kässeli

Kässeli

Following the trail through Wart:

Wart

Wart

Wartberg

Wartberg

Lookout on the Rim down to the Muotathal valley:

Lookout

Lookout

View to the valley Muotathal

View to the valley Muotathal (click to enlarge)

Forest Trail

Forest Trail

The highlight of this hike is the view from the ‘Chänzeli’. The arrow below shows the location:

Chänzeli Location

Chänzeli Location

The air had a lot of humidity, but still it is a stunning view:

Chänzeli

Chänzeli

Mythen

Mythen

View from the Chänzeli

View from the Chänzeli

At the intersection to trail #7 a Bruder Klaus Memorial.

1991

1991

Tree forest road

Tree forest road

Hiking Carst Forest

Hiking Karst Forest

The last piece, going up:

Stairs on the trail

Stairs on the trail

Returning back at the starting point:

Luftseilbahn Illgau St. Karl

Luftseilbahn Illgau St. Karl

Happy Flueing:-)

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