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Old 22.04.2019, 11:02
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hiking route tip in the alps needed

As a typical 'day hike' we've usually gone up in a cable car and then walked down.

Can anyone recommend a route, 3/4 hours, where you cable car up.. walk around in a big circle.. then take the same cable car down ?

Starting point should be 2 to 3 hour drive from Basel

And/or best web site to answer this type of question...
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Old 22.04.2019, 11:52
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Re: hiking route tip in the alps needed

How about Adelboden? In the summer you can take the lift up and use a mega-scooter to come down ... Couple of nice restaurants at altitude
open in the summer too.
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Old 22.04.2019, 11:57
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Re: hiking route tip in the alps needed

When do you want to go? And if you are thinking of hiking in the mountains now, are you comfortable with snow fields and the like?

Rigi has a broad enough top that it should be reasonable to take the train up, hike for a few hours, and come back down, though I usually hike up and take the lift down. Other famous "tourist" mountains with lifts and a bit of hiking include Pilatus and Santis but those two are less flat, which makes it harder to hike for hours without changing altitude and makes it more important to be unfazed by the possibility of snow.

Perhaps the most famous of the sort you describe is Pizol's 5-lake hike, but one of the lifts that you use is a chair lift for the Pizol ski resort, and the recommended season is July-August.

Moving out to more general resources, Wanderland has a pretty comprehensive collection of the non-technical stuff, including a list of routes and a decent map. If you were interested in trickier terrain, there is a point at which you should be looking at SAC guidebooks, recent posts on Hikr, and the official Swiss topological maps, available in outdoor bookstores and online.
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Old 22.04.2019, 12:00
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Re: hiking route tip in the alps needed

oh.. thanks.. the question was 'in general' ... but was thinking of maybe sometime this week

nothing too strenuous in terms of climbs... sore knee at the moment.. hence the question
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Re: hiking route tip in the alps needed

It is so sunny, it is hard to believe, but there will still be snow patches at the altitudes that cable cars tend to reach.

Maybe something lower? The Jura is nice and any snow would probably be superficial at this point. I'm a fan of the Creux du Van. The usual hike from the Noiraigue train station is maybe a bit more elevation gain than what you want, but if you are driving there is a restaurant with a parking lot right next to it, and they claim they'll re-open for spring on May 1.
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Old 22.04.2019, 17:01
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Re: hiking route tip in the alps needed

What's the point in driving for 2-3 hours for a less-than-an-hour hike? The Jura to your south/soutwest, the Alsace to your northwest, and the Südschwarzwald to your northeast provide lots of short trips. And if you're open to using public transport you can savour the landscape on the way there and back. That would also remove the neccessity of roundtrips.

As a general rule follow a rivers (preferably downstream) or walk by a lake to avoid big changes in altitude.
You have a river at your doorstep
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Re: hiking route tip in the alps needed

A very nice one IMO is above Stoos - Klingenstock to Fronalpstock ridge hike, with lovely views above V-W-See.
You can take the ("steepest in the world") cable/rail car up to Stoos (Stoosbahn), then another one to one of the peaks, and walk towards the other, then get down to Stoos.
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What's the point in driving for 2-3 hours for a less-than-an-hour hike? The Jura to your south/soutwest, the Alsace to your northwest, and the Südschwarzwald to your northeast provide lots of short trips. And if you're open to using public transport you can savour the landscape on the way there and back. That would also remove the neccessity of roundtrips.

As a general rule follow a rivers (preferably downstream) or walk by a lake to avoid big changes in altitude.
You have a river at your doorstep
[grits teeth, assumes good intentions] Where did I say I wanted a 'less than an hour hike' ? And.. I do know where I live... and I understand the difference between a car and a train... and I know why I asked for tips in the Alps

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Old 22.04.2019, 21:31
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Re: hiking route tip in the alps needed

Go to Wasserfallen (BL). Plan your own route: https://map.wanderland.ch/?lang=en&b...ers=Wanderland

Fantastic views to be had.
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Where did I say I wanted a 'less than an hour hike' ?
Last time I checked 3/4 hour is less than one.
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A very nice one IMO is above Stoos - Klingenstock to Fronalpstock ridge hike, with lovely views above V-W-See.
You can take the ("steepest in the world") cable/rail car up to Stoos (Stoosbahn), then another one to one of the peaks, and walk towards the other, then get down to Stoos.
Agreed. Probably this is the 'best' hike in CH considering how easy it is to execute, it's also very, very popular.
https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-gb/...nalpstock.html

Just to put some meat on the bones, there's a big pay car park past the funicular.
Funicular up to Stoos, then walk up through the village, (there is a shop) to the left, and take the chairlift up to Klingenstock, then walk the undulating ridge ( NOT suitable for dogs ) to the (decent) restaurant and viewing platform at Fronalpstock.
There is a short but steepish climb up to Fronalpstock.
Views are magnificent all the way.
Chairlift down. Allow 3 hours inc photos and rests on the ridge.
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Old 23.04.2019, 09:34
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Re: hiking route tip in the alps needed

Now is not the time to take to the mountains, too much snow, many restaurants closed and cable cars not operating.

A very pleasant and open walk is this.
https://muerren.swiss/en/summer/trac...in-view-trail/

Drive to Lauterbrunnen, park at the trainstation ( or at the other end of the village). Take the cablecar up to Grütschalp, amble along to Murren, walk or train back to Grütschalp. There is a restaurant half way along at Winteregg which may be open.
Walk is doggable.
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Re: hiking route tip in the alps needed

Not totally in the spirit of your request (no cable car) but the Grand Ballon in the Vosges is often overlooked. Approx 400km of walks - all relatively easy and with stunning views over the Vosges/Alsace. Approx 75 mins from Basel.

https://www.rando-grandballon.fr

There was still snow a couple of weeks ago so probably best leaving it a little longer...
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Re: hiking route tip in the alps needed

If you're based in Basel then it might be worth exploring hiking trails in Baselland and Solothurn. For starting points you could have a look at https://www.viasurprise.ch/ and then expand by drawing your own routes with https://map.schweizmobil.ch (one of my absolute favorite sites/apps for hiking and trail running).
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It is so sunny, it is hard to believe, but there will still be snow patches at the altitudes that cable cars tend to reach.
Ha ha. There's so much snow up there now you'd need skis or snowshoes in most places. And they've shut the lifts down for ski season but not yet open for summer hiking. Lots of late snow this year with up and down temps, so it's all still there ready to ski. My usual place had still enough snow to ski all the way to the valley in late April, very unusual. Not to mention the piles at the top. Putting on the skins is the way to go.
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