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Bärgmandli Dwarf Trail around the Giswilerstock

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Obwalden Tourismus Explorers Choice 
  • Auf dem Bärgmanndlipfad mit Sicht auf den Sarnersee
    Auf dem Bärgmanndlipfad mit Sicht auf den Sarnersee
    Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Obwalden Tourismus
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The Giswilerstock is at the centre of this circular hike. The Bärgmandli Trail takes you around this huge limestone massif, leading from alp to alp via ancient connecting tracks.
moderate
Distance 13.2 km
4:53 h
841 m
817 m
1,950 m
1,194 m
This round hike abounds in views and insights: the Hasli valley to the south and the Bernese Alps with the Wetterhorn group behind it, the Marien valley with the imposing Schrattenfluh to the west, the high moorland Alps flanked by the Pilatus to the north and finally the delightful Sarneraa valley to the east. In between, alp restaurants offer wholesome local food. Fit walkers will find the short detour to the summit cross of the Giswilerstock well worth the effort.

The area is rich in legends about the Bärgmandli dwarf and other stories. These, the interesting geology and the flora and fauna of the area are described in the Bärgmandli Trail brochure. Large parts of the trail lead through a wildlife protection zone where hunting is prohibited. Chamois, roe and red deer and golden eagles can be spotted here. During spring, this round hike offers a magnificent cross-section of the glorious alpine flora.

Author’s recommendation

Alp cheese dairy and Fluonalp restaurant, Mörlialp mountain restaurant
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Obwalden Tourismus 
Update: October 11, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,950 m
Lowest point
1,194 m
Best time of year
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Track types

Forested/wild trail 37.13%Path 54.73%Road 8.13%
Forested/wild trail
4.9 km
Path
7.2 km
Road
1.1 km
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Start

Mörlialp car park (1,348 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'651'523E 1'186'303N
DD
46.825883, 8.113877
DMS
46°49'33.2"N 8°06'50.0"E
UTM
32T 432413 5186196
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Destination

Mörlialp car park

Turn-by-turn directions

Hiking route: Mörlialp - Sandboden - Vorder Brosmatt - Hinter Brosmatt - Fluonalp - Rückenegg - Chringe - Fontanen - Alpoglen - Mörlialp

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

A PostBus service operates mid-June to end-October three times a day from Giswil railway station. See www.postauto.ch

Getting there

By car: from Giswil via the panorama road to Mörlialp.

Parking

Mörlialp car park

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'651'523E 1'186'303N
DD
46.825883, 8.113877
DMS
46°49'33.2"N 8°06'50.0"E
UTM
32T 432413 5186196
w3w 
///eagle.motivates.scramble
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Rating

5.0
(2)
Markus Winter
May 29, 2021 · Community
Wildlife
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Richard Fawcett
May 27, 2020 · Community
Fantastic hike with a real variety of terrain and amazing views
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
13.2 km
Duration
4:53 h
Ascent
841 m
Descent
817 m
Highest point
1,950 m
Lowest point
1,194 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available

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