Mattmarksee circuit Walk 8047
Canton - Valais / Wallis - Saastal
Length - 8.0 km / 5 miles
Ascent - 120 metres / 396 feet
Descent - 120 metres / 396 feet
Time - 2.50 hours
Grade - easy
A circuit of Mattmarksee is ideal for those days when the cloud base is low and there is little point walking at higher elevations. However, it is probably a perfect place to walk in fine weather as you can really appreciate the rugged mountain scenery that encloses the reservoir.
The start is Mattmark dam, which is served by regular postbus services. There are toilets and refreshments here. From the road walk uphill to the dam wall. We chose to walk anti-clockwise around the reservoir and despite intermittent rain took our time and enjoyed the rocky, watery landscape. For the most part you are walking on a gravel track which for some reason seems more tiring than a true mountain path with its constant points of interest.
Landeskarte der Schweiz - 1:50000 - Sheet SW 5006 - Matterhorn/Mischabel
This walking guidebook to the Bernese Oberland describes 113 day walks. Routes range from 2 to 24km and offer breathtaking scenery of the classic Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains, around Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, Gsteig and Meiringen. There are routes suitable for all abilities from short flat walks to adventurous treks.
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