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Cobbles and limestone -  foto: Martin Mühlegg

Cobbles and limestone - foto: Martin Mühlegg

Waterfall - foto: Martin Mühlegg

Waterfall - foto: Martin Mühlegg

Silberenseeli -  foto: Martin Mühlegg

Silberenseeli - foto: Martin Mühlegg

Bathing in Klöntalersee -  foto: Martin Mühlegg

Bathing in Klöntalersee - foto: Martin Mühlegg

Tour description

The trails up to the Silberen are as unusual as the sights offered by the large karst field between Muo-tathal and Klöntal. The film “Treasure of Silver Lake” comes to mind when one glimpses the many white cliffs shortly after reaching the top of the Pragelpass. One sees Winnetou, in the saddle on his horse Iltschi, searching for a place to do good works. The shepherds coming along the path and the jingling of the cowbells reminds one that one is not in Croatia (where the Winnetou films were made) or in Arizona (actual home of the Apaches), but at the east end of the down-to-earth Muotathal.
After an hour’s hike, you’ll get an idea of what awaits you further up. You’ll traverse limestone cut into by furrows gouged out by water and with sharp edges, such as are usually found on the ocean shores and you’ll need good shoes and steady footing for walking here. The gigantic fields of karst offer al-pine hikers unusual views. From the mountaintop you’ll start down to the Hintere Silberenalp, where there are numerous little lakes and ponds on this plateau, all in the most varied colors. Next comes the Dräckloch, surrounded by high cliffs. From the Rossmatt you’ll see how the melted water from the Glärnisch firn falls over the cliffs, and on the Chäseren you’ll go by a group of little wooden houses that resemble a gold-prospecting village. No one looked for gold here, however, rather this is a popu-lar base camp for mountain climbers who want to climb the Glärnisch or other nearby peaks. When you’ve been underway a good five hours, you’ll reach the gravel beach of the Vorauen. The water of the Klöntalersee is surprisingly warm, ca. 19 degrees, and swimming along, dazzled by reflected light, you can look up to the summit of the Silberen.


altitude difference downwards: 1576 hm

Journey: With the train to Glarus, the Bus to Richisau and the Pragelbus to Pragel Kapelle (Reservation obligatory, Tel: +41 (0)41 817 75 00 )

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Places along the route: Pragel Kapelle - Chalberloch - Oberist - Silberen - Hinter Silberenalp - Dräckloch - Chäseren - Vorauen/Klöntal


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Tour history (B01994)

First published: Donnerstag, 16. September 2010

Last updated: Mittwoch, 15. Januar 2014

Tour published by: Presented by www.zuerich.com

Tour characteristics

Distance: 19.7 km | Time requirement: 6 h
Ascent: 910 m | Descent: 910 m
Highest point: 2319 m.a.s.l.

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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