The third stage of the Via Grischuna, which connects the two famous Swiss mountain destinations of Davos Klosters and St. Moritz, begins in Bergün and leads over the Albula Pass past the emerald-coloured Palpuegna Lake and over the Fuorcla Crap Alv to Spinas.
Distance 18 km
Highest point2,467 m
Lowest point1,361 m
Stage 3 is the commuter stage into the Engadin region. Follow the river Alvra, out of Bergün, rolling without too much elevation gain along gentle forest trails, and passing under the arches of the Albula Railway. You’ve covered some quick kilometers by the time you reach the popular turquoise Lai da Palpuegna.
Cross the road at Crap Alv and recross after a gray rocky traverse. Climbing over the Albula tunnel, you arrive at another scenic turquoise lake, Lais digl Crap Alv, a picturesque stop to picnic. From there, the trail climbs a short bit more to Fuorcla Crap Alv. From the pass, it’s a steep descent into the Val Bever. Spinas is just a few kilometers downstream along the Beverin, a hotspot for mountain bikers and day hikers because of the easy access by train.