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Hardergrat

The Hardergrat to Brünig PassAn exposed journey along a knife edge ridge trailThis Run is featured in Run the Alps Switzerland:  30 Must-Do Trail RunsAbout The Book→ 35km     ↑ 3290mΔ 2293M ♦ DifficultΘ Point to PointThe Hardergrat has become a classic, and for good reason. There are few geographic features this defined with a trail so long. Of its 35km, about 18km are …

Gspaltenhorn ⇑

Gspaltenhorn A perfect Way Up for climbers who trail run   ⇑→ 22km     ↑ 2350mΔ 3436M Difficult ⇑ MediumΘ Out & BackCombining a 1000 meter tall north face with a shark fin profile, the Gspaltenhorn catches most everyone’s attention. It’s a peak that tourists always ask, “What is that?” The mountain lives up to its name. “Gspalte” means “split”, and from …

Wildi Frau ⇑

Wildi Frau: Surrounded in glaciers above KanderstegReal climbing to the final summit and a beautiful position beneath the Blüemlisalphorn   ⇑→ 24km     ↑ 2250mΔ 3274M Difficult ⇑ MediumΘ Out & BackWe’d climbed the Blüemlisalphorn and passed by the Blüemlisalp Hut many times, but honestly, we’d never taken note of the Wildi Frau. The “Wild Woman” is not a peak you notice …

Gasterespitz ⇑

Trail running on the Gasterespitze, a small peak on the Balmhorn, above Kandersteg, Switzerland

Gasterespitz: Big Vertical to a Small SummitOn the shoulder of the Balmhorn, this is a Way Up to start your Way Up list   ⇑→ 13km     ↑ 1680mΔ 2821M Difficult ⇑ EasyΘ Out & BackFollowing an unlikely recommendation, we all piled into the car, excited to explore this mountain we knew nothing about. Friends were visiting from the States, and with …

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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, …

Rosenlaui to Dossen ⇑

A trail runner on the Dossen Peak, with the Rosenlauigletscher in the background, Swiss Alps

Rosenlaui to Dossen: From green hillsides to alpine glaciersAlpine trail access to the big mountains ⇑→ 15km    ↑ 1850mΔ 3138M ♦ Difficult⇑ EasyΘ Out & BackOne of my earliest discoveries for the Way Up, I’ve now done the Dossen twice. Both times have included a summit dinner, complete with wine, before a headlamp lit dash back to Rosenlaui. It’s a great tour …

Lauterbrunnen to Kandersteg

Trail running the Lauterbrunnen to Kandersteg tour, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen to Kandersteg: Crossing the Berner OberlandConnecting two iconic Swiss regions, this trail is a classic journey through quintessential Swiss Alps This Run is featured in Run the Alps Switzerland:  30 Must-Do Trail RunsAbout The Book→ 32km     ↑ 3000mΔ 2835M ♦ DifficultΘ Point to PointThe north side of the Swiss Alps is quintessential Switzerland. Monster peaks, like the Eiger, rise above both …

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Lauterbrunnen to Grindelwald

Trail running in the Jungfrau Region of Switzerland with the Mönch above

Lauterbrunnen to Grindelwald: The best of the Jungfrau MarathonTrail running through some of the most iconic Swiss Alps locationsThis Run is featured in Run the Alps Switzerland:  30 Must-Do Trail RunsAbout The Book→ 25km     ↑ 1678mΔ 2339M ♦ MediumΘ Point to PointWe’re lucky enough to live in Interlaken, making this run home turf. As such, I use it as my go …

Sigriswilgrat

Trail running in the Jusistal, a classic Swiss Alps landscape, above Interlaken, Switzerland

Sigriswilgrat: Traversing Both Walls of the JustistalOpposite the Alps is a valley tucked away with a wild rim to rim traverseThis Run is featured in Run the Alps Switzerland:  30 Must-Do Trail RunsAbout The Book→ 28km     ↑ 2067mΔ 2061M ♦ MediumΘ CCWStriding-out along high trails on both sides of the bucolic Justistal – you see where you’re going and where you’ve …

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Eiger West Flank ⇑

Ueli Steck climbing the Eiger

The Eiger West Flank from GrindelwaldClimbing one of the most famous peaks in the Alps with a mountain running approach  ⇑→ 15km     ↑ 3170mΔ 3970M ♦ ⇑ ExtremeΘ Point to PointWARNING: This is not a tour for trail runners, this is a tour for experienced alpinists that includes a trail running approach. Do not consider the Eiger West Flank a trail running tour, …