Kreuzboden - Gspon (Gspon Höhenweg) Walk 8050
Canton - Valais / Wallis - Saastal
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 13.0 km / 8.1 miles
Ascent - 140 metres / 462 feet
Descent - 650 metres / 2145 feet
Time - 5.50 hours
Grade - moderate
The Gspon Höhenweg is one of the classic walks of Saastal offering extended panoramas throughout. To reach the start take Kreuzboden lift from the northern outskirts of Saas Grund and exit the station. The route is well signed and all you need to do is follow the signs for Gspon. Almost immediately you will pass a man-made reservoir on your left as you cross the northern side of a basin to reach Hannig (2445 m) which is the highest part of the walk. Here ignore the path heading downhill and continue crossing a large boulder field to descend to Grüebe (2300m)
The onward route stays relatively level and reaches the buildings at Hoferälpji after which you join a clear track. Little description is necessary as the route ahead is always obvious leading you through to a single house at Obere Schwarzwalde (2200m). All you need to do is relax, walk and enjoy the views although there is a section where care is needed as you cross the Leidbach river.
After this it is easy walking across Alpine pastures until pass the small chapel above the path on the final approach to Gspon. The cable car station is easy to find and provides a moment of excitement as you glide down to the valley station at Stalden. Unusually there is an intermediate station which in itself is not a problem when you descend. More concerting is the fact that after picking up passengers you come to a stop hanging over a gorge with a river far below - this is to allow passengers on the ascending car to disembark at the intermediate stop!
Public transport in the area is good. There is a regular postbus service back to Saas Grund, Saas Fee and Saas Almagell. In addition, trains link Stalden with Zermatt and Brig.
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