Murren (Allmendhubel) - Wasenegg - Rotstockhutte - MurrenWalk 8004
Canton - Bern / Berne - Jungfrau Region
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 13.0 km / 8.1 miles
Ascent - 610 metres / 2013 feet
Descent - 825 metres / 2723 feet
Time - 4.50 hours
Grade - moderate
The route is varied and, although the paths in the early stages of the walk may be quite busy, you will be able to enjoy the wonderful solitude of the upper Sefinental. There are two modest climbs although these are balanced by some easy walking. The paths are good and well signed. The scenery is excellent throughout and the Rotstockhütte provides good food in beautiful surroundings. On the day the route was researched cloud reduced the views although this was more than balanced by the drama of the mountains.
Start - This walk starts from the upper station of the Allmendhubel funicular. You can start the walk in Mürren but the funicular saves 260 metres of ascent. See Transport Map for the Jungfrau Region.
End - The village of Mürren, where cablecar and railway connections take you down into the Lauterbrunnen valley.
Leave the upper station of the Allmendhubel funicular and follow the footpath that runs west to a broad col where a number of paths join. Take the clear path descending half left passing Pension Sonnenberg below on your left. Reaching the main valley track turn right and continue to Suppenalp. Here you turn right and follow the signed route to Shiltalp. The path climbs out of Blumental and goes under the Schilthorn cablecar to contour around the mountainside to reach the small farm at Schiltalp. Stay on the path to the Shilthorn for a short way past the farm to pick up a poorly defined path descending half left to a footbridge in the valley.
Cross the footbridge and take the rising path signed Rotstockhütte. This path climbs steadily onto the Wasenegg ridge with improving views in all directions. Reaching a fence on the crest of the ridge, go through the gate and take the path that descends gently across the mountainside. Stay on this path for the remainder of the outward route to the Rotstockhütte where, despite its isolation, excellent refreshments can be enjoyed amidst some tremendous mountain scenery.
Return by the same route to reach a path junction where you turn for Birg. The climbs is steady and takes you onto the Wasenegg ridge the crest of which is marked by a fence. Turn right to follow the fence downhill on a superb path with the Jungfrau straight ahead. This path is an absolute delight although care needs to be taken in places as there is quite a drop to your left. Reaching a path junction, you rejoin your outward route turning left to descend to the river. Do not cross the bridge, instead taking the path on the south side of the stream towards Spielbodenalp. Cross the bridge here to gain the northern bank and follow the signed path via Gimmela that leads you easily back to Mürren.
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