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Five Lakes Trail

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Five mountain lakes and amazing views of the Alps in Eastern Switzerland.


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6.2

Miles

9.9

KM

66%

Runnable

8,224' 2,507 m

High

6,107' 1,862 m

Low

1,786' 544 m

Up

2,956' 901 m

Down

15%

Avg Grade (8°)

79%

Max Grade (38°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Lake

Overview

One of the classic alpine trails in Switzerland, a chairlift first takes you high up into the alps for spectacular views of turquoise lakes fed by the Pizol glacier.

Runner Notes

Bring traction in late spring or fall. Be mindful of the chairlift schedule, as they shut down for the lunch break. Pizol chairlift tickets at the half card price can only be bought in person.

Description

To start this run, first arrive in the town of Wangs, then take a bus to the Pizol chairlift and then take the lift up to the trail. The journey can be taken from either direction and even made into a loop. However, for those that like a little less elevation gain, a more gradual slope initially, and to see the best lake first, start from the highest chairlift at Pizol Hutte. From there, you can then work your way back down to the lower chairlift, Gaffia. Along the way you'll see four lakes ranging in color from turquoise to brown. The trail condition is generally rocky, though not loose, so just watch your footing and you should be fine. If you run this on a hot day in summer, you can plan to swim in one of the lakes as you pass.

Grab lunch at one of the restaurants after you're done to celebrate your effort.

Shared By:

Taylor Epskamp with improvements by Kevin Heimbrook

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Photos

The first lake
Sep 22, 2018 near Bad Ragaz, CH
Cows near the start of the hike.
Aug 18, 2019 near Bad Ragaz, CH
Trail is well-blazed with white and red symbols on rocks.
Aug 18, 2019 near Bad Ragaz, CH
Lake Schottensee
Aug 18, 2019 near Bad Ragaz, CH
Rock formations at the start
Sep 22, 2018 near Bad Ragaz, CH
The third lake
Sep 22, 2018 near Bad Ragaz, CH

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