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Mattmarksee circuit
Walk 8047

Canton - Valais / Wallis - Saastal

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 8.0 km / 5 miles

Ascent - 120 metres / 396 feet

Descent - 120 metres / 396 feet

Time - 2.50 hours

Grade - easy

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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.

Suggested Maps

Landeskarte der Schweiz - 1:50000 - Sheet SW 5006 - Matterhorn/Mischabel

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Stay Safe

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.

Please Note - These walks have been published for use by site visitors on the understanding that Walking Sitzerland is not held responsible for the safety or well being of those following the routes as described. It is worth reiterating the point that you should embark on a walk with the correct maps at the most detailed scale where possible. This will enable any difficulties with route finding to be assessed, and corrective action taken if necessary.