Where We Be
|Allmendhubel Hike, Switzerland
We did something we rarely do -- repeated the
same hike twice. We hiked from Allmendhubel
to Grutschalp on two consecutive days. But the
weather conditions were so wildly varying that
it felt like two completely different hikes. The
first day was a mix of fog, mist, and rain, so
even though the trail was called "Mountain
View Trail" we couldn't see more than 50 feet in
front of us.
The second day was sunny and mostly clear,
and we learned that "Mountain View Trail"
really does live up to its name. In fact, these
were some of the best views we had of Eiger,
Monk, and Jungfrau during our time here. It’s
amazing how different these two hikes were --
and yes, we preferred the second sunnier day!
To get to the trailhead we took the funicular
from Murren to Allmendhubel. At the end of the
1½-hour, one-way hike, we took the train from
Grutschalp back to Murren.
|From Allmendhubel you get great views of
Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau across the valley
|Let's start with three photos from our first Allmendhubel hike.
It felt like we were walking through wild Scottish moors!
|This photo just goes to show that even on a rotten weather
day you can occasionally snap a surprisingly good picture
|The lovely town of Wengen is visible across Lauterbrunnen Valley
|Snowclad mountains rise up behind a silhouette of hills
|Now this is more like it!
|Swiss-flag-colored splashes of paint mark the trail
|"Cows in the Mist" -- a movie just waiting to be made
|We took the cable car from Gimmelwald to Murren (shown here)
then the funicular from Murren to Allmendhubel to reach the trailhead
|Two hikes in one day? No problem! (We did Kilchbalm in the a.m.)
|Hiking in June means wildflowers aplenty