One must climb ten mountains when one hikes along one of the most beautiful routes in the pre-alpine region. The high points of the tour from Atzmännig to Steg are Tweralpspitz, Chümibarren and the highest Zurich mountain, the Schnebelhorn.
Corresponding to a tour including several mountains of 4000 m height in the Valais, we have the route from Atzmännig to Steg in the Töss valley. To be sure, they are at an altitude 3000 meters lower, and one does not need crampons or a rope. But the peaks called Schwammegg (1282 m), Rotstein (1285 m), Tweralpspitz (1332 m), Chrüzegg-Chümibarren (1314 m), Habrütispitz (1275 m), Rossegg (1254 m), Schindelberghöchi (1234 m), Schnebelhorn (1292 m), Hirzegg (1088 m) and Roten (1148 m) are also demanding. There are many drop-offs, and the commemorative crosses along the way remind one that fatal accidents are also possible here. The hike begins in Obere Atzmännig after a pleasant ride on the chairlift. Shortly after leaving the mountain terminus comes the first steep climb. Then one follows the ridge in the Rotstein direction. From there, one has a splendid view of the Toggenburg, Säntis and Churfirsten. One continues to the highest point on the route, the Tweralpspitz, and 20 minutes later one arrives at the Chrüzegg. The next descent passes through the mossy, dark fir forest to the Habrütispitz. From the Schindelberghöchi on one follows the border between St. Gallen and Zurich, and then comes the steep climb to the highest Zurich mountain. In the Restaurant Tierhag below the Schnebelhorn one can enjoy some well-earned nourishment, and then there are only two peaks more. An autumn hike in the beech woods around the Hirzegg and the Roten is delightful. From Roten it is only a short distance to the Hulftegg «motorcycle pass». Gravel paths and tarred roads bring one to Steg, where the train takes one back to the lowlands.
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First published: Donnerstag, 28. Februar 2008
Last updated: Mittwoch, 2. April 2014
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