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St. Jost

St. Jost





Lake Zürich

Lake Zürich

Tour description

When we hike from the Dritte Altmatt (Third Altmatt) to Schindellegi, we find ourselves in three magically beautiful landscapes: a colorful moorland, a magnificent glade and a mountain that is actually an offshoot. In the 1980’s, towards the end of the Cold War, the Swiss army wanted to establish a military training ground in the moor of Rothenthurm. However, in 1987 the Swiss people adopted the Rothenthurm Initiative. Since then, the largest moorland and all the other upland moors of Switzerland have been under protection. That is a good thing since it is especially in the fall when a wonderful colorful landscape unfolds up here, which people prefer to enjoy without shooting noise and diesel smell. It is primarily in the mornings when the Bibäränäfel (fog named after the Biber river) offers special effects that are worth seeing. Starting from the Dritte Altmatt (previously Altun Matta, Latin for high-altitude meadow), you pass through the moor in a western direction. After crossing the Biber and the Canton boundary, the trail ascends in the direction of St. Jost. The glade that is approximately the size of five soccer fields and is 1150 meters above sea level is magnificent: it slopes down in a southern direction and provides an unobstructed view freely of the Alps. A small tavern and a chapel offer the opportunity to take a rest. On the remainder of the trail in the direction of Raten and Gottschalkenberg, you are in the company of countless hikers and walkers for just about one hour. Only on the wooded ridge of Höhronen you find yourself alone again. Where the forest is sparse, you get a view of the Lake Zurich and the Alps. At the Dreiländerstein Schwyz, Zug and Zurich, the trail steeply descends to another magically beautiful place. It is Rossberg, which is actually not a mountain but rather a saddle-shaped northern offshoot of the Höhronen. At the Rossberg Inn, you can sit down on the terrace that has a view to Lake Zurich and Säntis. From there, it descends again in the direction of Schindellegi, where you can take the train.


Variante A: Start in Sattel via Tänndlichrü to St. Jost (additional 2 hours)

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Places along the route: Dritte Altmatt - Bibersteg - St. Jost - Raten - Gottschalkenberg - Höhronen - Rossberg - Schindellegi


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Tour history (B04034)

First published: Montag, 8. November 2010

Last updated: Mittwoch, 15. Januar 2014

Tour published by: Presented by www.zuerich.com

Tour characteristics

Distance: 12 km | Time requirement: 4 h
Ascent: 576 m | Descent: 576 m
Highest point: 1163 m.a.s.l.

Difficulty T1 Hiking

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Zürichsee Tourismus
CH-8640 Rapperswil
Tel: +41 (0)55 220 57 57
E-Mail: zuerichsee@zuerich.com
Internet: www.zuerich.com