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Snowshoeing

Circular path Illgau - Oberberg - St. Karl

Snowshoeing · Switzerland
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  • / Schneeschuhtour Illgau
    Photo: Simona Rickenbacher (Stoos-Muotatal Tourismus GmbH), Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Schneeschuhtour Illgau
    Photo: Simona Rickenbacher (Stoos-Muotatal Tourismus GmbH), Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
ft 5000 4500 4000 3500 3000 2500 3,0 2,5 2,0 1,5 1,0 0,5 mi Restaurant Sigristenhaus Luftseilbahn IIIgau-Vorderoberberg Oberberg St. Karl

Let yourself be animated by the tranquillity

The tour begins on a natural sun terrace above the Muota Valley. Instead of a ski circus, a tranquillity and a lovely landscape await you. In this seclusion, the Alpine panorama appears even more powerful.

The signposted snowshoe routes are permitted in the Hasentobel - Ruch game rest zone.

moderate
5.4 km
3:00 h
529 m
224 m
The starting point is the 790-people village of Illgau. After a few steps you have already left the village and a wonderful ascent through a quiet, untouched landscape follows. On the other side of the valley, on the Stoos, lives the Pisten-Gaudi. On this side of the valley nature lovers are among themselves. In the rear Oberberg we reach the highest point of the tour and the magnificent Alpine panorama rewards the effort of the ascent. The path leads slightly downhill to the Alp Unterer Altberg and on to the cosy mountain inn Oberberg, where you can have a bite to eat. The top station of the Illgau-Vorderoberberg aerial cableway is only 700 metres away. The nostalgic aerial cableway takes you back to the starting point in the village of Illgau. For less strenuous hikers, the route takes the opposite direction: first the cable car ride, then the hike from Vorderoberberg via Oberberg back to Illgau.
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Stoos-Muotatal Tourismus GmbH / Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
Updated: December 13, 2019

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1404 m
Lowest point
875 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Restaurant Sigristenhaus

Safety information

For your safety - stay on the route!

SVS snow shoe routes are marked, signposted, safe from avalanches and nature-friendly.

Order snowshoe maps from the Swiss Snowshoe Association (www.s-v-s.ch) 

Attention:
Leave the route forbidden in the nature reserve and hunting ban area!

Tips, hints and links

For the sake of the wildlife:   

  • Attention: Please respect the recommended game rest zone.   
  • In winter, wild animals need quiet retreats to survive.   
  • Please stay on the route so that the wildlife is not disturbed.   
  • Please keep your dog on a leash.

http://www.mythenregion.ch/fileadmin/Files/Documents/Ibergeregg/Schneeschuhkarte.pdf

Start

Illgau village (875 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.990581, 8.729525
DMS
46°59'26.1"N 8°43'46.3"E
UTM
32T 479433 5204152
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Destination

St. Karl

Note

Wildlife refuge Hasentobel-Ruch Strit: December 01 - March 31
all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Take the SBB to Schwyz railway station. From there by bus line 1 direction Muotathal. You have to get off at the stop Seilbahn Illgau. The cable car Illgau Ried (stop Illgau KIRI) takes you directly to the cosy mountain village.

Getting there

In Seewen-Schwyz you leave the motorway. From there follow the road towards Schwyz Muotathal. After the parking lot of the Stoosbahn valley station (8km) turn left towards Illgau. After another 3.4 km you will reach the village of Illgau.

Parking

Parking is available at the beginning of the village or in the middle of the village by the cable car Vorderoberberg or on the sports field.

Coordinates

DD
46.990581, 8.729525
DMS
46°59'26.1"N 8°43'46.3"E
UTM
32T 479433 5204152
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Recommended equipment for snowshoe sportsmen:   

  • Snowshoes, winter shoes (good hiking boots), depending on weather conditions wind jacket, sweater, gloves, cap, sunglasses, gaiters and walking sticks.   
  • For longer tours rucksack with drink and catering   
  • We recommend map 1:25000, compass, if available GPS   
  • Pocket pharmacy and any required medication

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
5.4 km
Duration
3:00h
Ascent
529 m
Descent
224 m
Round trip Scenic Refreshment stops available Cableway ascent/descent
1600 m 1800 m
Morning
1600 m 1800 m
afternoon

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