Muottas Muragl - Lej Muragl - Muottas MuraglWalk 8013
Canton - Graubunden/Grisons - Upper Engadine
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 7.0 km / 4.4 miles
Ascent - 340 metres / 1122 feet
Descent - 340 metres / 1122 feet
Time - 2.50 hours
Grade - easy/moderate
This walk provides a good introduction to the area providing a grandstand view of the Upper Engadine. In addition it takes you away from the crowds and allows you to enjoy the tranquil setting of a lake set amidst the mountains. Note the only point on the walk where refreshments are available is the start/end point of the walk.
Start & End - Mountain station of the Muottas Muragl funicular. The valley station is Punt Muragl which is served by rail and bus services from Pontresina, St. Moritz, Celerina and Samedan. The funicular also benefits from evening services so this high level walk can be completed at sunset without fear of being stranded on the mountain. See Transport Map for the Upper Engadine Region.
Exit the mountain station of the funicular and follow the main path east. After a short way take the left fork signed to Lej Muragl. Starting as a ski track the route narrows and becomes a path traversing the southern slopes of a rocky ridge. The ascent is steady and you can keep going at a good pace. Reaching a path junction turn right and descend to the shores of the lake - Lej Muragl.
It is a wonderful situation with mountains rising steeply from the shores and the perfect place to spend some time. Those who have set off early will probably have the shores to themselves and be able to enjoy the peaceful setting at its best. After enjoying the beauty of the location follow the western shore of the lake and locate the path that follows the exit stream down into the valley. The going is easy with excellent views ahead.
After about 30 minutes walk from the lake you will find yourself following the ridge of an old moraine, evidence of the recent glacial past of this whole region. Reaching a major junction of paths at a small footbridge turn right and continue uphill back to the start.
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