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Eiger Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.7 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Run amongst Swiss giants on this classic Jungfrau Region route.


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3.7

Miles

5.9

KM

62%

Runnable

7,680' 2,341 m

High

5,312' 1,619 m

Low

2,501' 762 m

Up

200' 61 m

Down

14%

Avg Grade (8°)

45%

Max Grade (24°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Closed during winter months due to snow.

Overview

This route works its way from the back of natures auditorium all the way to the front - with the views and wonder increasing along the way.

Expect steep going, crowds, and breathtaking views. The Ogre (Eiger), Monk (Mönch), and Maiden (Jungfrau) await.

Need to Know

There are restaurants at Alpiglen and Eigergletscher - bring your wallet AND an appetite. The portions are large!

Runner Notes

If you're looking to complete a very difficult hill workout in some of the World's best scenery, this route is for you.

Description

Get up close and personal with some of Switzerland's most picturesque mountains - The Eiger (13,020'), Mönch (13,474'), and the Jungfrau (13,642'). Those looking to get to know these three mountains just a little bit better will revel in the beauty on offer along this route.

Starting from the train station at Alpiglen, the Eiger Trail works its way southeast through an open meadow, be on the lookout for wildflowers, which shouldn't be hard to spot! Shortly after this very steep uphill pitch you'll find yourself starting face-to-face with the Ogre itself.

After ~1.4 miles, the trail only gradually ascends, providing a little respite before it spikes upwards again. If you were smart enough to bring your binoculars you might have the opportunity to crane your neck and see some of the brave souls attempting this mighty climb. If you look closely, you might even see the ladders climbers use to gain access to the rock face itself.

After 2.1 miles the trail heads towards the North Face and pitches steeply again. Clearly the Ogre is punishing you for getting too close... From here the route traverses quite steeply along multiple loose talus fields. To ease the Ogre's grasp a little, the route is dotted with secured ropes, allowing for easier access. Additionally, be sure to check the Trail Run Project mobile app along these sections as route finding can be difficult in spring months after the snow has melted.

After finally descending, then ascending along the final pitch of the route you'll finally drop down to Eigergletscher. Once at Eigergletscher, stop, have a drink and behold the stunning views. You've earned it all!

History & Background

The first ascent of the Eiger was made by Swiss guides Christian Almer and Peter Bohren and Irishman Charles Barrington, who climbed the west flank on August 11, 1858. The north face, considered amongst the most challenging and dangerous ascents, was first climbed in 1938 by an Austrian-German expedition. This team was spurred by a "space race" like battle to ascend this previously thought unclimbable wall just prior to WWII.

Since 1935, at least sixty-four climbers have died attempting the north face, earning it the German nickname Mordwand, literally "murder(ous) wall"a pun on its correct title of Nordwand (North Wall).

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Tom Robson

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  4.7 from 3 votes

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Photos

The imposing swiss mountains.
Mar 6, 2015 near Lauterb…, CH
The view down the valley from Eigergletscher.
Mar 25, 2015 near Lauterb…, CH
From glacier to river.
Sep 4, 2015 near Grindel…, CH
Cows brought to high pasture above Grindelwald.
Mar 6, 2015 near Grindel…, CH
Oh, little town of Grindelwald...
Mar 6, 2015 near Grindel…, CH
Nearing the Eiger's talus field.
Mar 6, 2015 near Lauterb…, CH

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