Gantrisch: A sudden Rise from Pastures to Pre-Alps
A friendly cruise through the pre-Alps with views of the big Alps
This Run is featured in Run the Alps Switzerland: 30 Must-Do Trail Runs
We discovered this run in December of 2016 when Switzerland recorded exactly no precipitation for the month. With some old November snow still lingering in the higher mountains, the Gantrisch was low enough for it to still be runnable. Meanwhile, Janine was starting to research trail running tours for our book, this seemed to be a candidate. On a foggy December day in Interlaken, we decided to give it a go.
The beauty of being in the pre-Alps is the view of the Alps proper, and from here you'll see much of the Berner Oberland. But it's not the only advantage, the terrain is also a bit more friendly for runners to open it up without such extreme climbs. And this is what you'll do for the next 7km as you make your way off the Gantrisch and east to the Oberi Walalp. Once there, a quick 100 meter climb gains the Walalpgrat which you'll follow, steeply at times, to the Homad peak and descent back to the start.
Looking for a similar run? Try the Sigriswilgrat, also in the Bern region.
Start: 46.72344, 7.44427
Consider saving this run for the fall when the cows aren't about to chew up the trails and do their part fertilizing the Alps.
- There are plenty of fountains to use as hydration sources, including a farmer offering a beer trough.
- Our Run the Alps Switzerland guide book has lots more info!
Kim making friends with the locals.
The late fall strategy of staying high in the sun and out of the fog.
Save the Gantrisch for fall when the cows are gone and the air is crisp.
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