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Hiking trail

Zermatt Forest Trail (Nr. 12)

Hiking trail · Switzerland
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  • Walk through the forest of Swiss stone pine
    / Walk through the forest of Swiss stone pine
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Pascal Gertschen
  • / Oh there hidden in the trees is a squirrel
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Pascal Gertschen
  • / Starting point: Tufteren (2,215 m), an excellent photo location with the Matterhorn in the background
    Photo: Zermatt Tourismus, Kurt Müller
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The path traces a leisurely zig-zag through the mixed larch forest. The trees provide shade but also offer frequent views to the horizon. Around Ried, the vista opens up dramatically to reveal the resplendent Matterhorn.
moderate
6.3 km
1:50 h
115 m
719 m

When the sun shines on the forest, the resin of the larch and Swiss stone pines gives off a lovely scent. Take a deep breath and enjoy its soothing effect. All along this well-made gravel trail, there’s rustling in the foilage. Who will be the first to spot a squirrel gnawing at a pine cone? And who can identify the chattering call of the nutcracker, one of the local resident birds?

  • Appropriate for children from age 4
  • For pushchairs with large wheels
  • Clear view of the Matterhorn
  • Commanding view of Zermatt village
  • Place of departure: Sunnegga - Tufteren (30 min.)

Author’s recommendation

An upgraded forest path, which is suitable for prams and baby carriages with large wheels. In addition, the path is lined with blossoming Alpine roses.
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Author
Zermatt Tourismus
Updated: February 19, 2020

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2213 m
Lowest point
1608 m
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Rest Stop

Othmar´s
Ried

Safety information

  • Plan every mountain tour carefully and adapt to participants’ fitness level as well as the weather and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.
  • Inform others of planned route, and whenever possible avoid going alone.
  • Do not leave the marked routes; do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • Please be considerate to other walkers and to plants and animals.
  • Take note of the warning signs drawing attention to the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs.

Start

Tufteren (2,215 m) (2212 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.029544, 7.774380
DMS
46°01'46.4"N 7°46'27.8"E
UTM
32T 405148 5098060
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Destination

Zermatt (1,620 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

Tufteren - Patrullarve - Ried - Zermatt (station)

(Hiking time in reverse direction: approx. 2h 25)

Place of departure: Sunnegga - Tufteren (30 min.)

This hike is marked on the signposts as “Waldweg”.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By train to the Matterhorn village: 3½ hours from Zürich airport or 4 hours from Geneva airport. Change at Visp onto the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (Matterhorn Gotthard Railway). From Visp, the railway leads through the Mattertal valley past idyllic small villages to Zermatt.

Zermatt is also the start and finish point for the world-famous Glacier Express panoramic train journey (Zermatt to St. Moritz or Davos).

Getting there

Zermatt is car-free. Private vehicles are permitted only as far as Täsch (5 km before Zermatt). The Täsch–Zermatt road is closed to the public.

Onward travel to Zermatt is either by private taxi or shuttle train. Trains depart every 20 minutes; the journey takes about 12 minutes, and ends at the Bahnhofplatz in Zermatt.

Parking

Täsch has car parks with both covered and open-air parking – e.g. at the Matterhorn Terminal or privately operated facilities.

Onward travel: see “Getting there”.

Coordinates

DD
46.029544, 7.774380
DMS
46°01'46.4"N 7°46'27.8"E
UTM
32T 405148 5098060
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

A walking map (1:25,000) is available from Zermatt Tourism’s guest information centre, along with brochures containing tips and recommendations.

Equipment

We recommend:

  • Good footwear
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof)

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
6.3 km
Duration
1:50h
Ascent
115 m
Descent
719 m
Point-to-point Scenic Refreshment stops available Family friendly Botanical highlights Faunistic highlights Cableway ascent/descent Suitable for strollers

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