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Hiking in Switzerland

A friend of mine is coming to visit May 12-18. I am trying to figure out where we should go for the long weekend (so many places to choose from).

Does anyone have any recommendations for hikes in May? I am worried that the mountains might still be snowy. One thing that might be fun to do is hike, stay somewhere for the night and continue hiking again.

I am also looking into the Wilhelm Tell Express.
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Re: Hiking in Switzerland

Since you're interested in overnight stays, these threads might help you find some options as well as maps:

Overnight Hiking in Switzerland

Multiday hiking in Switzerland

This thread is a bit old, but there are loads of links that might help you narrow down your options:

Hiking in Switzerland

I'm not sure about snow levels right now. Some areas got loads of snow in April, and now they are getting loads of rain. At the very least I'd think many trails are pretty muddy right now. Have fun!
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Re: Hiking in Switzerland

I was recently recommended a hike in/near Stoos. It is labelled a medium hike and takes approximatly 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

http://www.stoos.ch/en/summer/hiking...ils/ridge-hike
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Does anyone have any recommendations for hikes in May? I am worried that the mountains might still be snowy. One thing that might be fun to do is hike, stay somewhere for the night and continue hiking again.
You could do some or all of this in mid-May (the whole thing is four days but you could just do part of it):
http://isitmuchfurther.blogspot.ch/2...bourg-pre.html

Alternatively, have a look at national routes Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 5 on http://www.wanderland.ch/en/routes/national-routes.html - these do not go very high and bits picked out of them would be suitable for May. The same site also has loads of regional routes that can be done over two or three days.
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Re: Hiking in Switzerland

I highly recommend a Triftbridge hike. I did it last Friday and it was great.
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Trift bridge is definitely on my to do list!
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There is a gondola going from the parking at the bottom making it accessible even for less fit/experienced hikers. Nevertheless, I recommend the hike from the very bottom, since it is a very nice one and you cross the bridge over the very deep and impressive canyon.
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Re: Hiking in Switzerland

Awesome! Thanks for the info! I am guessing it might be getting a bit late this season for hiking, but I am looking forward to it for next spring!
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Awesome! Thanks for the info! I am guessing it might be getting a bit late this season for hiking, but I am looking forward to it for next spring!
Actually, now is the 'official' Swiss hiking season.

The problem with the spring is some places are snow and ice-bound and not so easy to get to until early summer at least.
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Re: Hiking in Switzerland

Good luck and enjoy! Trift bridge was listed by Tripadvisor between the 10 most amazing bridges in the world.
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Awesome! Thanks for the info! I am guessing it might be getting a bit late this season for hiking, but I am looking forward to it for next spring!
The Trift cable car is open until mid-October and, as mentioned above, the hike up from the valley (without the cable car) is worth doing if you don't mind an additional 2 hours' walking. Not sure when the Windegghütte closes, if you are looking at the overnight option.
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Re: Hiking in Switzerland

This is definitely still the season. Lot of the SAC huts are open until end September/Mid October and thanks to cooler weather the mountain views are so much better than in July. Also the worst crowds are gone so off chance you might get some solitude on the mountains as well.

Definitely worth of going now Many Swiss consider this as the best time to go.
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Re: Hiking in Switzerland

And I agree with the locals, as long as you have proper equipment. I walked from Engelberg to Meiringen last week, slept at Engstlenalp, it was great. But I need to buy warmer hiking pants as it can get a bit chilly when the wind blows or when you want to sit down for a break. I have a bit more clothes with me in my backpack and layer up as needed.

That said, the paths are definitely less crowded, the air is fresh and the temperature was much more comfortable then when I walked in Unterengadine in July.
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And I agree with the locals, as long as you have proper equipment. I walked from Engelberg to Meiringen last week, slept at Engstlenalp, it was great. But I need to buy warmer hiking pants as it can get a bit chilly when the wind blows or when you want to sit down for a break. I have a bit more clothes with me in my backpack and layer up as needed.
Slightly off-topic, but does anybody know where to find bright red hiking socks?
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Re: Hiking in Switzerland

I bought a pair of red socks with grey accents in Zermatt this summer. Not the easier place to reach in order to buy socks, but they are made by Falke, you should find them pretty much everywhere.

To be precise, they're not bright red, but a rather a darker shade btw cherry and burgundy. And they aren't knee socks, but long enough for hiking boots.
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Re: Hiking in Switzerland

Try Zalando.ch (free shipping and returns), i just searched for 'socken rot', there were some options including:

https://www.zalando.ch/nike-performa...4d012-g11.html

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