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2 Lake Hike to the Älplisee and the Schwellisee

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  • Älplisee
    / Älplisee
    Photo: Nina Mattli, Arosa Lenzerheide
  • / Schwellisee
    Photo: Nina Mattli, Arosa Lenzerheide
  • / Wanderung Schwellisee
    Photo: Nina Mattli, Arosa Lenzerheide
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This hike takes you to 2 of a total of 10 lakes in Arosa. From the Hörnli valley station you reach the Älplisee and afterwards the Schwellisee. At the end you will return to the Hörnli.
moderate
Distance 7.7 km
2:30 h
347 m
347 m

The part 10-lake hike leads past two of the lakes. Start and end of the tour is at the Hörnli valley station

Älplisee

The Älplisee is situated at 2,156 m.a.s.l. on the Arosa Älpli, southwest of Innerarosa behind the Älpliriegel. The lake is embedded in the source area of the Plessur, between the Schwellisee, the mountains Erzhorn, Aroser Rothorn as well as Älplihorn. In summer the demanding mountain hiking trails in the direction of Erzhornsattel, Rothorn, Ramozhütte/Welschtobel, Hörnli and to Gredigs Fürggli lead past the lake.

Schwellisee

The Schwellisee is situated at 1,933 m.a.s.l. on the Arosa Alp, southwest of Innerarosa on the young Plessur. The stone pine trunks in the lake still bear witness to the extensive stone pine forest that once stretched far above the Schwellisee and was later cleared by the Walsers.

 

The board for the 10-Lake-Plausch is placed at the outflow of the lake.

Author’s recommendation

Take a good camera - the colors of the lakes are beautiful.
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Arosa Tourismus
Update: March 26, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Älplisee, 2,174 m
Lowest point
Hörnlitalstation, 1,832 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Restaruant Alpenblick

Tips and hints

10-Lake-Hike

Start

Hörnli Valley Station (1,835 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'769'536E 1'182'577N
DD
46.772785, 9.658610
DMS
46°46'22.0"N 9°39'31.0"E
UTM
32T 550283 5180125
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Destination

Hörnli Valley Station

Turn-by-turn directions

The start is at the Hörnli valley station and then leads via the Restaurant Alpenblick to the Älplisee. From there you hike on to the Schwellisee and back to the Hörnlitalstation.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Take the RhB from Chur to Arosa. Then on foot or by bus to the Hörnli valley station.

Getting there

By car on the road from Chur to Arosa to the Hörnli valley station.

Parking

There is a parking lot at the Hörnli valley station.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'769'536E 1'182'577N
DD
46.772785, 9.658610
DMS
46°46'22.0"N 9°39'31.0"E
UTM
32T 550283 5180125
w3w 
///circular.reddish.exonerate
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

good footwear, clothing suitable for the weather, food and drink

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
7.7 km
Duration
2:30 h
Ascent
347 m
Descent
347 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Geological highlights

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