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Zinal Petit Mountet

Trail running in the Ticino, Swiss Alps

Zinal: In the shadow of 4000 meter peaksPerfect singletrack through one of the Alps most dramatic landscapesThis Run is featured in Run the Alps Switzerland:  30 Must-Do Trail RunsAbout The Book→ 17km    ↑ 1058mΔ 2583M ♦ EasyΘ CCWLooking for classic Swiss running? This route has high elevation cruising, a quaint mountain hut, cowbells, wildflowers, all around views of 4000 meter peaks, and …

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Ritom Lakes

Trail running in the Ritom Lakes area, Switzerland

Ritom Lakes: Tibetan Trails in TicinoLakes, waterfalls, prayer flags, yaks… It’s like being far away without traveling far at allThis Run is featured in Run the Alps Switzerland:  30 Must-Do Trail RunsAbout The Book→ 23km     ↑ 1455mΔ 2571M ♦ EasyΘ CCW”They’re squares.” Dan says. “Way over there, those are yaks not cows. You can tell because they’re more square.” Sure enough …

Alpstein

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Alpstein: Inside Switzerland’s Secret KingdomA friendly route set in scenery that’s nothing short of magicalThis Run is featured in Run the Alps Switzerland:  30 Must-Do Trail RunsAbout The Book→ 20km     ↑ 1622mΔ 2074M ♦ EasyΘ CCWGrüezi, hallo. Grüezi. Be ready to say hello too. Sections of this route are popular with hikers and families happy to offer a chipper greeting. When you reach …

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Gental

Summer trail running in the Swiss Alps from Engstlenalp, near the Susten Pass. Switzerland

Gental: Cruising through the heart of SwitzerlandDetermined to find an easy early season route, this one took us four reconnaisance missions, but we found the best way to goThis Run is featured in Run the Alps Switzerland:  30 Must-Do Trail RunsAbout The Book→ 27km     ↑ 1126mΔ 2116M ♦ EasyΘ Point to PointThis run is the very definition of a sweet cruiser, …

Val Ferret

Trail running in Val Ferret, Switzerland

Val Ferret: Another Valais dead end valley alive with trail running energyA magical corner of the Swiss Alps, a hop into Italy, and a Sound of Music vibe→ 20km↑ 1208mΔ 2556M ♦ EasyΘ CCWSwitzerland, being tiny, has few hiding places. But, at least there are a few. Val Ferret, and especially La Fouly, is one of them. And while one the of …

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Bettmeralp Aletschgletscher

Trail running along the Aletschgletscher, the Alps largest glacier and UNESCO site, while doing the loop trail from Bettmeralp, Switzerland

Bettmeralp: Alongside the Aletsch GlacierTrail running alongside the Alps biggest glacierThis Run is featured in Run the Alps Switzerland:  30 Must-Do Trail RunsAbout The Book→ 28km    ↑ 1062mΔ 2393M ♦ EasyΘ ClockwiseRunning along a piece of the Aletschgletscher, the Alps biggest glacier, isn’t a run you should do, it’s a run you must do.First, the trail could not be better for running. …

Klausenpass

Trail running on the Gemsfairenstock, above Klausen Pass, Switzerland

Klausenpass: Along the GemsfairenA quick trail running fix in Central SwitzerlandThis Run is featured in Run the Alps Switzerland:  30 Must-Do Trail RunsAbout The Book→ 23km     ↑ 1110mΔ 2149M ♦ EasyΘ ClockwiseA well known spot for motor bikers, and cyclists, Dan rode his bike over the pass one day. It’s easy to see that there’s going to be some great running …

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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 …

Col de Balme

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Col de Balme: Running the Swiss French borderEasy trail running with massive views of Mont Blanc→ 18km   ↑ 1302mΔ 2341M ♦ EasyΘ CCWThis is classic Chamonix trail running, but on the Swiss side of the line. The usual uphill climb through the trees takes you up to great Mont Blanc views touching the French border at Col de Balme Refuge. Just before the …