Where We Be
Kilchbalm Hike, Switzerland
We got our best weather of the day during our
return hike, with unobstructed views of Jungfrau Peak
Jungfrau towered above us as we made our final climb to Gimmelwald
We eventually arrived at this huge glacial cirque
Maybe a little too friendly! This cow took a particular
interest in Robin, stalking her through the meadow.
Falls near the start of the hike
It rained heavily the day before, so we were glad to see the sun on our last day in Gimmelwald
At the head of the cirque we saw two more cows eying us -- and decided we'd gone far enough!
Our last day in Gimmelwald was a sunny and
satisfying one. We started it off with a morning
hike to Kilchbalm. We were able to walk to the
trailhead right from our door. The hike was
about 1½ hours each way. Listed in our Rick
Steves book as very easy, it still involved about
800 feet of elevation gain so we thought it was
closer to moderate. We arrived at a gorgeous
glacial cirque -- a huge meadow with towering
circular walls. Three waterfalls rushed down its
walls, and rivers and streams crisscrossed the
valley floor. The perfect spot for a picnic.

On the way back the skies cleared and we had
unobstructed views of Jungfrau Peak at the far
end of the valley. This was a treat, especially
with the roaring river beside us. After regroup-
ing for a few minutes back at our guesthouse,
we headed off for another hike.
Looking back at Jungfrau Peak from the far end of the Kilchbalm hike
Early morning was wet from all the rain
We passed through this meadow with friendly cows
What a glorious spot for a picnic
The scenery certainly didn't disappoint on the way back