Southwards along the ridge

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
16.6 km
Duration
5:15h
Ascent
700 m
Descent
2029 m
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Stanserhorn - Ächerli - Arvigrat - Gummen - Wirzweli - Dallenwil

Ridge walk with view on all sides towards Lake Lucerne, Brünig Pass and Engelberg valley.

After a thrilling ride on the CabriO double-deck cableway to the Stanserhorn, a cup of coffee on the panoramic terrace is a must. The Geo Trail towards Wirzweli has info panels explaining the geology and botany. The climb from the Ächerli to the Arvigrat is very steep.
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Highest point
2013 m
Lowest point
485 m
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Start

Stanserhorn upper terminus (1853 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.930272, 8.342471
DMS
46°55'49.0"N 8°20'32.9"E
UTM
32T 449946 5197625
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Destination

Gummenalp (upper terminus)

Turn-by-turn directions

From Adlerhorst (Stanserhorn), the well-secured descent follows the Geo Trail towards Chrinnen with views of the striking rock formations at the Chli Horn. At the Holzwang, it is worth making a detour to the chapel of the same name. Proceed via the Ächerli to arrive at the climb heading for the Arvigrat. The climb from Chüenerenegg is steep: negotiating the tree roots calls for great care, especially in wet weather. The last few metres to the summit are somewhat exposed, the flanks of the Arvigrat are steep. The descent first takes you southwards on the ridge, then down to the Schellenflue refuge and on the unmade road to the Gummenalp (restaurant). The variant that bypasses the Ronengrat on the east side is also particularly lovely at the end. Aerial cableways descend to Wirzweli then Dallenwil. The time calculation assumes the cableways are taken (pure walking time).

Coordinates

DD
46.930272, 8.342471
DMS
46°55'49.0"N 8°20'32.9"E
UTM
32T 449946 5197625
w3w 
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Updated: August 25, 2020

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