Arolla Aiguilles Rouges

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

Arolla: Chasing Colors in the Val d'Hérens

Another Valais masterpiece tucked away deep in the Val d'Hérens

This Run is featured in Run the Alps Switzerland:  30 Must-Do Trail Runs

→ 16km     

↑ 1200m

Δ 2835M 

♦ Medium


There'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 make our way up to the lake. This is a favorite run, short but tough. And it's got tons of curvy drop.  

There's magic at the end of these Valais valleys! If you enjoy running Arolla, Zinal is your next stop.

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GPX Track

START:  46.027393, 7.479784
Town:  Arolla
Canton:  Valais
Country:  Switzerland


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    A trail runner passing through a classic Swiss mountain village above Arolla, Switzerland

    Kim passing all the many chalets on her way through La Gouille.

    Trail running in an open rocky landscape above Arolla, Switzerland, with Mont Collon in the distance

    Meters before the Cabane des Aiguilles Rouges and its view of Mont Collon.

    A couple sits outside the Cabane des Aiguilles Rouges, above Arolla, Switzerland

    Dan and Kim at the Cabane des Aiguilles Rouges, probably staring at Mont Collon.

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

    This is why you drove all that way to the very back of Val d'Hérens.

    A trail runner runs to a classic Swiss Alps village high above Arolla, Switzerland as a massive black thunderstorm sits in the mountains above

    Kim and a massive thunderstorm on a collision course above Pra Gra.

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