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Rosegtal

trail running rosegtal pontresina graubünden

Rosegtal: A Bit of Everything in the EngadineJust outside Pontresina, the Rosegtal offers a brilliant trail running loop below glaciers and the 4000 meter Piz BerninaThis Run is featured in Run the Alps Switzerland:  30 Must-Do Trail RunsAbout The Book→ 35km     ↑ 1655mΔ 2753M ♦ MediumΘ Clockwise”I just had an epiphany,” Dan says when we catch up. “I don’t remember exactly what …

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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 …

Diablon des Dames ⇑

Diablon des Dames: Viewpoint to Valais 4000ersQuality & Quantity running and scrambling ⇑→ 18km↑ 1926mΔ 3537M Difficult ⇑ MediumΘ CW LoopCountless road construction projects forced a late start. And a late night pizza order. It was clear we’d be getting down in the dark, and so at the very last minute, decided to order our dinner before heading up for 2000 meters …

Alpjuhorn ⇑

AlpjuhornA summit for when you don’t want it to be too easy   ⇑→ 23km↑ 2135mΔ 3144M Difficult ⇑ MediumΘ CW LoopThis is not our typical tour. The trail isn’t perfect, there’s loose rock on the ridge, and the descent is very overgrown in places. As we climbed to the summit we decided it would not even be going on the site. …

Bella Vouarda

Bella Vouarda  (bonus peak: Le Toûno)A nice loop with fast forest running, a tucked-in canyon, and an optional peak→ 19km     ↑ 1230mΔ 2621M MediumΘ CCWWe started out slowly, thanks to a late summer heatwave and our reluctance to leave the homemade granola, strong coffee, and eggs with bacon at our trail runner’s basecamp, La Bergère. But with so many trails …

Sasseneire

SasseneireA lot of work with huge rewards. Wait for it…→ 23km     ↑ 1800mΔ 3254M DifficultΘ CCWThis run makes for a hard day, but leads to one of the best descents we’ve ever run. Starting off mellow, the trail follows the flow of La Gougra, before cutting uphill and roller-coastering all the way out to the Bendola lift station above Grimentz. …

Ayer Hotel Weisshorn

Ayer Hotel WeisshornLike Sierre-Zinal but less traffic→ 17km     ↑ 1100mΔ 2337M EasyΘ ClockwiseThe perfect warm up for your arrival to the Val d’Anniviers, AKA, Trail Running Paradise. This loop starts in Ayer and quickly climbs perfect, and steep, singletrack to the famous Sierre Zinal Trail. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you’ve stopped climbing and there are Z’s painted on a …

Wasenhorn ⇑

Wasenhorn: Ideal for learning to summit scramble  Quiet forest, big views, ridge running, and a 3200 meter summit on the Italian border→ 17 km     ↑ 1400mΔ 3246M Difficult ⇑ EasyΘ CW“I’m not sure how many more runs I’ll find that are enough quality to be on the site.” Janine announced as we set off running alongside the road from the Simplon …

Aletschhorn ⇑

AletschhornWill it continue to be traditional mountaineering or become a mountain run?→ 40km     ↑ 4100mΔ 4195M♦ ⇑ ExtremeΘ Out & BackA few weeks back, I got an email from Remco Graas asking if I’d be interested in joining him for a run up the Aletschhorn. We’d never met, but he’d seen our Black Diamond film, we’d seen his and …

Grand Muveran ⇑

Grand MuveranA fun scramble to a summit above 3000m in a Dolomite like setting.→ 20km     ↑ 1869mΔ 3051M Difficult ⇑ EasyΘ CCW Loop When driving from Chamonix to Zermatt, I would always notice this one big mountain towering over the Rhone Valley. Annoyingly, it was a blank spot in my Swiss geography knowledge. Just ahead of the first snow, I decided …