«No chance to get up there», one thinks when one looks at the Zindlenspitz from the Wägital. For those with a good head for heights, however, this climb is not much more than a hard, but worthwhile walk.
The Zindlenspitz is like Jekyll and Hyde: from Rapperswil-Jona it appears to be a leaning hunchbacked cliff that at some point will drift into the Wägitalersee. Looked at from the Wägitalersee, it appears to be a stone needle resting on a broad base, and thus meant only for top climbers. From Glarus, on the other hand, one can see only steep meadows with a few cliffs.
Starting at the Wägitalersee, below the Blattenwald, one leaves the lake road and takes the hiking trail toward Aberli. After only a few minutes one is rewarded for rising early: the mirror-smooth lake now lies in the shade, while behind it Fluebrig and Aubrig are dazzling in the morning sun. Further attractions of this early stretch are knotty fir trees and very old sycamores.
Shortly before the Aberli, one branches off to the right in the Aberliboden direction. Here you can recuperate a bit before you start really going uphill. The stony and steep trail from the Aberliboden passes through the picturesque Bruchwald and finally through a rocky area. After ca. 1 3/4 hours one arrives at the first Zindlenalp. On Oberen Zindlen one can see into Glarus. At this point one has already mastered 900 of the total 1165 meters difference in altitude. The goal no longer seems threatening, for the trail passes through a steep pasture toward the peak. At the end are still three harmless crags, to be climbed on all fours. Far below lies the blue-green Wägitalersee, between Schiberg and Gross Aubrig one can see part of Lake Zurich, with Rapperswil-Jona and the Zurich Oberland in the background.
The first few meters of the descent lead one along the trail on which one has ascended, and then one turns left in the Rossalpelispitz direction. This trail is marked with the blue and white symbol that means there are a few especially steep passages ahead. They are outfitted with chains, however, and no problem for hikers with a good head for heights. If you wish, you can follow the ridge up to the Rossalpelistock peak. On the downhill journey one sees yet more sides of this mountain with many faces: craggy flanks and terraces and, from the Höhfläschen, an impressively large cliff.
How to get there: by car to Blattli, or by train to Siebnen and then postbus to Innerthal (plus 5 km).
Return trip: car from Blattli or postbus from Innerthal, train from Siebnen.
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Tour history (B01266)
First published: Donnerstag, 28. Februar 2008
Last updated: Mittwoch, 15. Januar 2014
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