Pfingstegg - StiereggWalk 8009
Canton - Bern / Berne - Jungfrau Region
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 5.0 km / 3.1 miles
Ascent - 260 metres / 858 feet
Descent - 260 metres / 858 feet
Time - 2.00 hours
Grade - easy/moderate
This short route provides the basis for a spectacular if short walk into the hear of the mountains with excellent views of the Lower Grindelwald glacier. The uppermost point of the walk at Stieregg benefits from a beautifully located restaurant with excellent views.
Start & End - top station of the Grindelwald to Pfingstegg cable car. This provides an easy ascent. The lower station is about one kilometre from the train and post bus stations in the centre of Grindelwald. See Transport Map for the Jungfrau Region.
After this walk was researched the restaurant at Stieregg was destroyed by a landslip. A new path was subsequently built to a temporary replacement for the restaurant on the Baregg nearby. This change slightly affects the length of the walk and increases the ascent and descent to approximately 393m.
From the top station of the Pfingstegg cablecar take the signed path to Stieregg. The first few hundred metres are deceiving as you cross a pleasant meadow. Once through this meadow, the path quickly becomes more dramatic with the Grindelwald gletscherschlucht far below on your right hand side. For most of the way to Stieregg there is a protective fence alongside the path which offers some comfort for those who suffer from fear of heights. However care must still be exercised as there is a considerable drop to the river below.
For the most part the path climbs steadily although there are a couple of rocky steps that need more agility. With steep mountainside to your left, the views are concentrated on your right hand side with an excellent view of the Eiger and its northeastern ridge. Progressing higher, the view changes and your efforts are rewarded with the ice and snow of the Lower Grindelwald Glacier. Nearing Stieregg the path descends slightly before reaching the restaurant, which is located in a grassy basin opposite the glacier.
The return route retraces your steps back to the upper station of the Pfingstegg cablecar. From here you can continue into the valley using walk 6010 or descend by the cablecar. On recent occasions walk 6010 has been closed due to a threat of falling rocks. Enquire locally for further information.
Landeskarte der Schweiz - 1:50000 - Sheet SW 5004 - Berner Oberland
Landeskarte der Schweiz - 1:25000 - Sheet SW 2520 - Jungfrau Region
Wanderkarte - Wengen, Mürren & Lauterbrunnental - 1:40000
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Do enjoy yourself when out walking and choose a route that is within your capabilities especially with regard to navigation.
Do turn back if the weather deteriorates especially in winter or when visibility is poor.
Do wear the right clothing for the anticipated weather conditions. If the weather is likely to change for the worse make sure you have enough extra clothing in your pack.
Do tell someone where you are planning to walk especially in areas that see few other walkers.
Do take maps and other navigational aids. Do not rely on mobile devices in areas where reception is poor. Take spare batteries especially in cold weather.
Do check the weather forecast before leaving.
Do do not exceed your capabilities.
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