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Winter hiking from Rigi Staffel to First

Winter hiking · Central Switzerland
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  • Rigi Staffel
    / Rigi Staffel
    Photo: RIGI BAHNEN AG, Gäste-Service Rigi
  • / Winterwanderweg
    Photo: RIGI BAHNEN AG, Gäste-Service Rigi
  • / Richtung Rotstock
    Photo: RIGI BAHNEN AG, Gäste-Service Rigi
  • / Weg Richtung Rigi First
    Photo: RIGI BAHNEN AG, Gäste-Service Rigi
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Rigi Staffel - Rotstock - Rigi First

This new trail leads from Rigi Staffel via Rotstock to Rigi First with great panoramic views.

moderate
Distance 2.2 km
0:50 h
37 m
206 m
1,633 m
1,454 m

From the Rigi Staffel station, the winter hiking trail leads uphill until you reach the summit of the Rotstock. From this magnificent vista point you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Alps and the Kreuztrichter of Lake Lucerne. The trail continues steadily downhill to Rigi First, from where numerous hikes continue. The Rigi Bahn station First-Wölfertschen can also be reached in a few minutes, from where you can comfortably return to Arth-Goldau. A few minutes walk from Rigi First is Rigi Kaltbad. From Rigi Kaltbad you can reach Vitznau by the Rigi Railway or Weggis by cable car.

For your information 

You can find the current operating status of the railways and hiking trails here .

In order to let our next generation also be inspired from the Queen of the Mountains, may we ask you to dispose of your own waste at Rigi Stations. Thank you.

 

Author’s recommendation

Take a refreshment in the cosy restaurant BärgGnuss at the beginning of your hike and enjoy the fantastic wide view up to the Black Forest.
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Author
Gäste-Service Rigi / Schwyzer Wanderwege
Update: January 18, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,633 m
Lowest point
1,454 m
Best time of year
Jan
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Rest Stop

Restaurant Bahnhöfli
Restaurant BärgGnuss
Klanghotel Bergsonne
Hotel Rigi-First
Gasthaus Rigi-Bärenstube
Chalet Schild

Safety information

Please always follow the marked winter hiking routes.

Start

Rigi Staffel (1,595 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'678'678E 1'211'906N
DD
47.053517, 8.474156
DMS
47°03'12.7"N 8°28'27.0"E
UTM
32T 460062 5211245
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Destination

Rigi First

Turn-by-turn directions

Rigi Staffel (1604 m) - Rotstock (1658 m) - Rigi First (1443 m)

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

You can reach Rigi Staffel, the starting point of the hike,  by cogwheel train from Vitznau or aerial cable car from Weggis.

Click here to timetable

Getting there

A4 highway - exit Küssnacht am Rigi - direction Weggis - Vitznau 

A4 highway - exit Goldau - direction A4 Parkplatz (Parkplatz A4) of Rigi Mountain Railways

Parking

Parking spaces are avaliable at Rigi valley stations in Vitznau and Goldau A4. Fees apply.

Further information about arrival and parking

However, we recommend you to arrive by public transportations instead of cars: just lean back, enjoy and do something good for the environment.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'678'678E 1'211'906N
DD
47.053517, 8.474156
DMS
47°03'12.7"N 8°28'27.0"E
UTM
32T 460062 5211245
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

High profiled winter equipment: hiking boots, rain coat, drinks, food and walking stocks when possible. 

Basic Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Trail ‘spike’ crampons at minimum and a basic ice axe are recommended when covering steeper terrain
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
2.2 km
Duration
0:50 h
Ascent
37 m
Descent
206 m
Highest point
1,633 m
Lowest point
1,454 m
Public-transport-friendly Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cableway ascent/descent Way cleared Groomed snow Linear route
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Morning
1600 m 1800 m
Afternoon

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