The Rothwald Trail is a snowshoe hike through the dreamlike winter landscape of the Brig-Simplon region on which snow-capped larch trees accompany you for much of the way.
For a small ski area, Rothwald am Brigerberg punches well above its weight. The region is an insider tip among winter-wonderland fans. You’ll see why soon after you start the Rothwald Trail: once you reach the valley station of the Rothwald ski lift, you head into the upper Rothwald, the highest larch forest in Europe, and the Jochtwald forest. With a little luck, you’ll be able to observe some of the native animals there without disturbing them. Once you’ve made the climb to the Mäderlicka panoramic restaurant, it’s worth taking a break to admire Valais’s powdery-white mountain landscape. You’ll be just as amazed by the Durstbachschlucht gorge, which is your next stop on the way down. Later on in the trail you’ll come to the Wasenalp mountain hut, which was completely renovated in 2008 and impresses with its modern infrastructure and abundance of cosiness and charm. You can treat yourself to a break here, too, and enjoy the wonderful view of the Valais and Bernese Alps, as well as the Rhône Valley.
Hotel Ganterwald, Schutzhaus Napoleon, the Wasenalp mountain hut and Mäderlicka restaurant: all these places offer the chance to grab a bite and enjoy the view, which sometimes stretches as far as Italy. By the way: ambitious sports fans can also tackle the Rothwald Trail in the opposite direction; the climb through the gorge is a real test of physical fitness.
Use of the trails and the information on this website is at hikers’ own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes. Valais/Wallis Promotion accepts no liability for the accuracy and completeness of information on this website.
More information about the destination:
Motorway A9 direction Brig. Halfway between Brig and the Simplon is the Rothwald.
There are enough free parking spaces available at the Rothwald valley station.