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Gantrisch

Trail running in the pre-Alps region near the Stockhorn and Gantrisch, Switzerland

Gantrisch: A sudden Rise from Pastures to Pre-AlpsA friendly cruise through the pre-Alps with views of the big AlpsThis Run is featured in Run the Alps Switzerland:  30 Must-Do Trail RunsAbout The Book→ 21km    ↑ 1239mΔ 2175M ♦ EasyΘ CCWWe discovered this run in December of 2016 when Switzerland recorded exactly no precipitation for the month. With some old November snow still …

Bergün

Trail running above Val Funtauna between Berguns and Davos, Switzerland with golden fall colors

Bergün: Into the Val FuntaunaA valley worth spending a day inThis Run is featured in Run the Alps Switzerland:  30 Must-Do Trail RunsAbout The Book→ 24km     ↑ 1370mΔ 2630M ♦ EasyΘ CCWA photo we made of the Val Funtauna while mountain biking in 2012 stuck in our memory. In the meantime, we’d also discovered Bergün, with its Romantsch charm, and regularly …

Simplon

trail running simplon pass

Simplon: A Path Away from the Pass Surprises around every turn add up to a run that’s nothing short of magicThis Run is featured in Run the Alps Switzerland:  30 Must-Do Trail RunsAbout The Book→ 20km     ↑ 1211mΔ 2737M ♦ MediumΘ CCWWe mooed back and forth, squatting on a stone wall to converse with a heard of grazing cows. This would be …

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Schynige Platte to Grindelwald

trail running grindelwald

Schynige Platte to Grindelwald: Above it all in the Berner OberlandSharing much of the Eiger Ultra Trail course, this is the trail to do in the Jungfrau RegionThis Run is featured in Run the Alps Switzerland:  30 Must-Do Trail RunsAbout The Book→ 38km     ↑ 2340mΔ 2605M ♦ MediumΘ Point to PointTrail runs in the Swiss Alps are often little journeys through different …

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Piz Lunghin

Trail running near Maloja, in the Engadin, while on a running tour to Piz Lunghin. Switzerland

Piz Lunghin: Above MalojapassGolden larch, turquoise lakes, and a summit in the EngadinThis Run is featured in Run the Alps Switzerland:  30 Must-Do Trail RunsAbout The Book→ 20km     ↑ 1051mΔ 2780M ♦ EasyΘ ClockwiseHere’s an easy run to add to the to-do list. It isn’t so many kilometers, and the gain won’t destroy your legs, but the setting is no less …

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Lauterbrunnen Obersteinberg

Lauterbrunnen Obersteinberg Classic LoopA trail runner’s dream at the back of Lauterbrunnen ValleyThis Run is featured in Run the Alps Switzerland:  30 Must-Do Trail RunsAbout The Book→ 19km     ↑ 1400Δ 2146M ♦ MediumΘ ClockwiseBefore I ever ran this loop, I heard two different friends refer to the back of Lauterbrunnen Valley as a “Happy Place”. I too found the place, and more …

Pizol 5 Lakes

Trail running at the Pizol, Swiss Alps

Pizol Five Lakes Tour: Alpine Lakes and Big ViewsRun through the edge of the Alps beside turquiose lakesThis Run is featured in Run the Alps Switzerland:  30 Must-Do Trail RunsAbout The Book→ 30km    ↑ 2272mΔ 2570M ♦ MediumΘ Point to PointLakes. That’s pretty much all you need to know about this run. It’s got a lot of gorgeous lakes. There’s farms too, and …

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Bannalp

Trail running in the Bannalp, central Switzerland

Bannalp: Cowbells and Cable CarsA diverse trail network with quick access to both rugged terrain and long flowing traversesThis Run is featured in Run the Alps Switzerland:  30 Must-Do Trail RunsAbout The Book→ 27km     ↑ 1500mΔ 2559M ♦ MediumΘ ClockwiseI wanted to take off my sweaty socks, but we didnt’ have time to stop. We could have taken a lap around the …

Zervreilahorn

Trail running in the Swiss Alps

Zervreilahorn: Deep in the Valser TalSometimes a trail run is reason to visit a place you wouldn’t otherwise go, and you never know what you might findThis Run is featured in Run the Alps Switzerland:  30 Must-Do Trail RunsAbout The Book→ 19km     ↑ 1106mΔ 2712M ♦ EasyΘ CCWWhile it isn’t exactly on the way to anything, we made a detour to …

Arolla Aiguilles Rouges

Trail running in a wide open flower covered rocky landscape above Arolla, Switzerland

Arolla: Chasing Colors in the Val d’HérensAnother Valais masterpiece tucked away deep in the Val d’HérensThis Run is featured in Run the Alps Switzerland:  30 Must-Do Trail RunsAbout The Book→ 16km     ↑ 1200mΔ 2835M ♦ MediumΘ CCWThere’s nothing like the smell of shit shovelin’ in the morning. And there’s no other valley quite like the Val d’Hérens. We appreciate both as we …