Pragelpass Hike

I was reading one of my favorite blogs for hiking inspiration when I came across this blog post and instantly like the photos of the area. After a bit of research, I found a hike in the area that would take me across Pragelpass- from one valley (Muotathal, Canton Schwyz) to the next (Klöntal, Canton Glarus). Hiking time was set at 6.5 hours. I have no idea how that was calculated as it only took me a little under five hours and that was including photo stops and a break at lunch.

I got an early start in Muotathal, somewhere I had only been once before while on a company outing, and the trail quickly started gaining in elevation. The views back over the valley were beautiful. It was one of the few sunny days we’ve had this summer.

There was never a dull moment on the trail. I hiked through fields, forests, across scree and along creeks.

I reached the pass at lunchtime and sat down to eat. While enjoying my lentil salad, I heard a bunch of goat bells but for the life of me couldn’t see them. I continued eating when suddenly they were there. They walked right up to me, very curious as they are, and one started nibbling on my sunglasses and then on my backpack. That was when I decided it was time to heard them on over the to grass next to the chapel so I could eat the rest of my lunch in peace!

From Pragelpass (1548 m/5079 ft) I then headed down the other side into the valley on the other side. Klöntal has a beautiful lake which I have visited several times, the last time in early fall a few years ago.

In what felt like no time at all, I was down in the valley and enjoying the views of the lake. Despite the sunny weather I had on the way up, at around noon the clouds started rolling in and by the time I had reached the lake, the first rain drops were falling. Luckily, I was on the bus to the train station before it really started raining.

 

3 Replies to “Pragelpass Hike”

  1. What a beautiful hike. You are so lucky to have so many places not far from home to walk through the mountains on a nice summer day. I like all your photos, especially the ones of the naughty goats!

  2. I LOVED this hike, or at least the photos of it. You inspire me to get out—then I remember it’s 108 degrees. Sunny, ye, but….

    You’re taking advantage of the beautiful country you live in. I admire your energy and planning.

  3. Aunt Gail says: Reply

    Another wonderful hike, really beautiful. Every photo is stunning and I sure would have liked to be there with you.

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