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Mixed difficulty level hiking suggestions, October

We will have visitors arriving the first week of October who want to do some mountain hiking. But the catch is, they expect me to join them (family... ) and I am still far too wobbly to walk much, let alone tackle a mountain hike.

So I am looking for suggestions of places within a reasonable distance (couple hours?) of Ausserschwyz where I could wait for them at a Gasthaus while they hike for a few hours. Bonus points for places where there might be a very good restaurant worth stopping at. The visitors are foodies.

Pilatus is out, as it has always played havoc with my head (Is it the dragon? There is something weird in the atmosphere up there. )

I was thinking of Stoos, simply because the new Standseilbahn is supposed to be cool, but I have not hiked up there. Is it worthwhile? Any good restuarants?

Another possibility is Ebenalp, I think I could make it as far as Wildkirchli/Aesher. I see the cliff restaurant is open again, have any of you been? Reviews? I could then let the visitors continue down to Wasserauen, meet them there. IIRC the trail to Aescher is easy in good weather - or is that my younger, fitter memory?

It has been many years since I did any traveling around Switzerland, so I am kind of at a loss as to where to go that would accommodate keen hikers/foodies and wobbly me.

Any and all suggestions much appreciated.
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Old 12.09.2019, 13:53
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Re: Mixed difficulty level hiking suggestions, October

Klöntal: train to Glarus, bus up to the lake, a nice guest house to chill in at either end of the lake, and plenty of spectacular views for hikers.
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Re: Mixed difficulty level hiking suggestions, October

Also: Mettmenalp

Train to Schwanden, bus to Kies, cable car to the Alp. Nice modern hotel at the bergstation, plenty of walks of varying levels of difficulty around the lake.
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Re: Mixed difficulty level hiking suggestions, October

We'll put the kettle on.
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Re: Mixed difficulty level hiking suggestions, October

Close to you: Grosser Mythen. Take the Seilbahn from Brunni to Holzegg. There is a nice restaurant there and you could walk for a couple of minutes if you head left. They should head right and head up the Grosse Mythen. 47 bends up. The view is spectacular and it's steep, but it won't take forever but they will feel as if they have been "to the alps". Careful, if it is not completly dry it is slippery, so they need sturdy shoes and should be careful. But it's a good excercise.

https://wegwandern.ch/listing/grosse...ungen-wandern/

Afterwards you could head to Einsiedeln and have a look at the monestary. A nice day out.
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Re: Mixed difficulty level hiking suggestions, October

I have done both the Stoos and the Ebenalp hike and I preferred Stoos and would happily do it again. I am glad I did the Ebenalp hike as the caves were interesting and the Aescher restaurant was good, but I have no desire to repeat that hike/trip.

Stoos is longer but I found Ebenalp steeper - albeit shorter. We were lucky to "time" the Stoos hike well as the weather was gorgeous the day we hiked and the visibility was very good. The only change I would make is that I would bring hiking sticks next time.

Hope this helps
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Re: Mixed difficulty level hiking suggestions, October

Should note that we did Stoos last October and recently went to Ebenalp in mid June. The weather was not the best for the Ebenalp hike but the restaurant was quite good (under new ownership). Stoos also has restaurants but we did not eat on that hike so I cannot comment. The views re: Stoos were breathtaking the day we hiked.
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Re: Mixed difficulty level hiking suggestions, October

Have a look around Unterägeri.
great view and it's easy to select how long or hard the walk will be.
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Re: Mixed difficulty level hiking suggestions, October

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We will have visitors arriving the first week of October who want to do some mountain hiking. But the catch is, they expect me to join them (family... ) and I am still far too wobbly to walk much, let alone tackle a mountain hike.
My family would understand if I was too wobbly to hike. So, perhaps you can change your family's expectations in view of your condition? (Or get a different family that does take such things into consideration? )
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M(Or get a different family that does take such things into consideration? )
Ja, aber... blood is thicker than Henniez. Or some such.

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Re: Mixed difficulty level hiking suggestions, October

Unterwasser or Wildhaus - Gamplüt

Last weekend I went up to Säntis. If your visitors hike only to Gamplüt, the hike up is easy, especially if walking on the main road meant for (the one or two) cars and bikes vs the hiking path, whose "added difficulty" is that it's gravelly. They could start either from Wildhaus or Unterwasser. Both villages have a couple of restaurants "downtown" where you could wait for them.

If your guests want a longer hike, they could go even higher, to Schafboden, where there's a chalet offering coffee, beer, and a small bite to eat. There's no water along the way, including at the chalet, so bring enough and maybe a snack of their own. The host is gracious enough to boil water and give it to those of us who haven't planned well enough.

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The one I had a small lunch in (Grosi Walts Steak Huus & Wy Stube) has the standard decent Swiss menu, including a couple different kinds of steak, and I suspect special wines, plus a nice, clean bathroom which can be accessed from the street level via a sliding door, for those with reduced immobility (I judge good restaurants by this, too.). Down the street from this place there's a restaurant offering game as well. I don't know its quality and accessibility.
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Re: Mixed difficulty level hiking suggestions, October

Looking at the weather prognosis for M-TH next week I think I have to revise my plans. Central Switzerland will likely be grey and rainy, not the kind weather one wants to, or should, hike in. (Or in my case, sit on the mountain reading a book, waiting for the hikers.)

Looks like Tessin, Engadine, and Valais will be sunny. Farther than I had hoped to go for day hikes, but if Mother Nature won't cooperate I need a plan B.

So any suggestions for Tessin, Valais, Engadine, or elsewhere going south, with interesting hikes for the visitors and a nice Gasthaus where I can park myself? Again bonus points for a 'foody' restaurant.

Many thanks.
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