Hiking trail

Zermatt Forest Trail (Nr. 12)

The path traces a leisurely zig-zag through the mixed larch forest. The trees provide shade but also offer frequent views to the horizon. Around Ried, the vista opens up dramatically to reveal the resplendent Matterhorn.

360° Panorama
  • Type Hiking trail
  • Difficulty medium
  • Duration 1,50 h
  • Distance 6,4 km
  • Ascent 3 m
  • Descent 619 m
  • Lowest point 1602 m
  • Highest point 2216 m


When the sun shines on the forest, the resin of the larch and Swiss stone pines gives off a lovely scent. Take a deep breath and enjoy its soothing effect. All along this well-made gravel trail, there’s rustling in the foilage. Who will be the first to spot a squirrel gnawing at a pine cone? And who can identify the chattering call of the nutcracker, one of the local resident birds?

  • Appropriate for children from age 4
  • For pushchairs with large wheels
  • Clear view of the Matterhorn
  • Commanding view of Zermatt village
  • Place of departure: Sunnegga - Tufteren (30 min.)

Tufteren - Patrullarve - Ried - Zermatt (station)

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 2h 25)

Place of departure: Sunnegga - Tufteren (30 min.)

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

We recommend:

  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)
An upgraded forest path, which is suitable for prams and baby carriages with large wheels. In addition, the path is lined with blossoming Alpine roses.
  • 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