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Hiking the Swiss Alps

North Face Trail

Today’s photo comes from three weeks ago today. It was our last full day in the Swiss Alps so we tried to make the most of it by doing not one but two hikes. The first was the Mountain View Trail–awesome hike, be sure to start at the top of the Allmendhubel (Standseilbahn) funicular and end at the Grütschalp station. Those going the other way (Grütschalp to Allmendhubel) didn’t look too happy (as it’s mostly uphill in that direction).

We were beat after that but thought we’d be good to go on another hike if we rested in the Alpine Spa (Alpines Sportzentrum Mürren). After a soak we went to Gimmelwald on the gondola to hike to the Sprutz Waterfall, supposedly an “easy” 30-minute walk. Maybe it wouldn’t have been so bad if it was our first hike of the day, but it’s straight up for more than 30 minutes followed by another 15 of up and down to get to the waterfall.

Everyone we passed along the way were coming in the opposite direction from the North Face Trail and recommended the North Face Trail. After the waterfall we took the North Face Trail back to Mürren from which this photo was taken. The North Face Trail (like the Mountain View Trail and Bluemental Panaroma Trail) was excellent and not to be missed. Be careful if you plan to eat at the restaurant along the way (Pension Spielbodenalp) as it may not be open. For us, Pension Spielbodenalp was closed, even before 5 p.m. on a Tuesday.

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