Best Swiss Alps Trail Running

The Best Trail Runs in the Swiss Alps 

The terrain of the Swiss Alps lends itself perfectly to the needs of trail runners. Smooth, flowing singletrack, airy ridges and steep climbs characterize the Alps. But add in one of the world's most dramatic landscapes covered in glaciers, green hillsides and stunning peaks, a rich mountain culture, and finally, an infrastructure to make it all accessible, and you have trail running mecca. This collection distills the infinite potential down to some of the very best of the best trail running tours that should be on any trail runner's life list.

Val Surses ||  Nothing but running

We love when places we've never heard of produce great runs. This is one of those places. Right on the side of the Julier Pass Road sits a masterpiece.

Lauterbrunnen Obersteinberg  ||  A trail runner's dream at the back of Lauterbrunnen Valley

Lauterbrunnen Valley is unarguably one of Switzerland's masterpieces. On each side of the valley sit the car free villages of Mürren and Wengen, and also the tiny village of Gimmelwald. This is Sound of Music stuff, and a trail that should top your "Must see to believe" list.

Mettelhorn  ||  A Zermatt Classic with Big Mountain Views

Big vertical days don't get much better than this. It's that simple.

Val Müstair  ||  A newfound paradise in a remote corner of Switzerland

Way off the radar but way up on the list of best runs, anywhere. Get lost in the very corner of Switzerland.

Rosegtal  ||  A Bit of Everything in the Engadine

Just outside Pontresina, the Rosegtal offers a brilliant trail running loop below glaciers and the 4000 meter Piz Bernina. With a variety of trails, and ideal altitude for training, the Engadine is a runner's paradise. It's especially beautiful in the fall if you nail it with golden larch and the mountains freshly covered with snow.

Valsorey - Vélan  ||  A Valais odyssey

This one never stops unfolding in the best possible way, sometimes with great views, other times with more up and distance than you thought.

Fionnay - Col des Otanes  ||  Paradise Found in the Val de Bagnes

Gorgeous trails spread out in all directions in the Val de Bagnes. It's like discovering a secret running paradise, only it's not a secret to the runners already there. Steep climbs and sweet single track make this run a Valais favorite.

Lac de Louvie  ||  Journey Through Three Cols

Another great trail tucked into the Val de Bagnes, this run combines a steep starting climb, three high passes, a sweeping traverse, and a playful descent for a varied and challenging day on the trails.

Via Valais  ||  The Swiss Alps Trail Running Grand Tour

Go big! The multi-stage route moves through some of the Swiss Alps’ most beautiful terrain, traversing in and out of valleys rather than straight up and down. You'll run beneath numerous 4000-meter peaks, alongside glaciers, and over high, alpine passes.