Grindelwald - Kleine Scheidegg
ElevationAscent: 3,649' 1,112 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 6,751' 2,058 m
Low: 3,103' 946 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)
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“Work your way from valley to summit in the shadow of the mighty Eiger.”— Jennifer Robson
This route can be done in either direction, depending on the type of workout you're looking for. It intersects the Wengneralpbhan train line at 2 mid-mountain stations, allowing you to hop on the train should your legs give out, of if you're late for a luncheon date.
Grindelwald is a bustling mountain town, that provides plenty of places to stay, eat and shop. As you travel up the hill you'll encounter train stops at Brandegg and Alpiglen -- both of which have restaurants, in addition to the several restaurants at Kleine Scheidegg. There's also a hotel at Kleine Scheidegg, and trains can be caught there up to the Jungfraujoch, the so-called "Top of Europe," coming in at over 11,000 feet.
Getting a hiking book for the area is a smart plan, so you can learn the meaning of all the trail markings & signs -- there are many, many of them, and some mark winter trails, in addition to noting levels of difficulty.
Generally, heading uphill is the right way to go. In winter, once you intersect with the sledding path, you can follow the signs for it in reverse. Just beware the sledders coming down fast! It is pretty steep and can be icy, particularly once you enter the shadow of the Eiger, which you'll be travelling in for some time if you're doing this mid-day.
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