Zermatt - Trift - Zmutt Village Loop
ElevationAscent: 4,666' 1,422 m
Descent: -4,663' -1,421 m
High: 9,026' 2,751 m
Low: 5,293' 1,613 m
GradeAvg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 72% (36°)
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“A local favorite of Zermatt mountain runners!”— Victor Mariano
Longer switchbacks continue and finally level out on the trail that is cut into the side of a steep, grass-covered mountainside. It will be difficult to keep your eyes on the trail with the amazing 360-degree views.
The trail then starts a long descent towards an outpost called Trift. Once you come to the building at Trift, you cross an ice cold glacier-fed stream and begin the second climb on the opposite side of the valley. From there, you'll continue again on beautiful singletrack cut into the side of the hill. All along this section you'll have full view the Matterhorn and surrounding peaks.
A highlight of the trek down into the last valley is a 100 foot waterfall with the Matterhorn as the backdrop. The last two miles of trail winds down from the hillside and follows along the river back toward Zmutt Village to a wide doubletrack paved portion back into Zermatt.
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