Hiking trail

Nature Trail (Nr. 19)

The Nature Trail is a treat for body and soul. At first it leads through a forest with ancient Swiss stone pine trees, before entering the bare landscape left by the retreating Findel Glacier. Here, the sweeping views extend all the way to the Matterhorn.

360° Panorama
  • Type Hiking trail
  • Difficulty medium
  • Duration 1,40 h
  • Distance 6,2 km
  • Ascent 331 m
  • Descent 267 m
  • Lowest point 2124 m
  • Highest point 2286 m


Gnarled trees of Swiss stone pine frame the path, larches rustle in the wind. The trail initially follows the treeline before plunging into a mysterious landscape, home to all kinds of pioneers. Ever since the retreat of the Findel Glacier more than 100 years ago, new plant species have arrived, one after the other, and struggled to establish a stronghold.

  • View of many 4,000-metre peaks including the Matterhorn
  • Appropriate for children from age 6
  • Leisee lake recommended for families: swimming, play raft on lake, playground, barbecue sites

Riffelalp - Grünsee - Moosjisee - Leisee - Sunnegga

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 1h 50)

This hike is marked on the signposts as “Naturweg”.

We recommend:

  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
The Grünsee lake is worth a visit (with swimming possible).
  • Plan every mountain tour carefully and adapt to participants’ fitness level as well as the weather and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible avoid going alone.
  • Do not leave the marked routes; do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.
  • Take note of the warning signs drawing attention to the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs.

Map and arrival