Ridge hike in Stoos, from Klingenstock to Fronalpstock

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Ridge hike in Stoos, from Klingenstock to Fronalpstock

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Stoos is a picturesque mountain village located in Central Switzerland - in the canton of Schwyz - nestled in the centre of a magnificent alpine landscape between rugged mountains and the turquoise waters of Lake Lucerne. The area offers many hiking trails and other outdoor activities, but is particularly famous for being accessible via the world's steepest funicular railway and for being home to one of the country's most beautiful and scenic hiking trails, the one that follows the mountain ridge from Klingenstock to Fronalpstock. In this article, we tell you about our route and give you some useful tips for planning your hike!

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Stoos is a picturesque mountain village located in Canton Schwyz, Switzerland. The entire area is nestled in the middle of a magnificent alpine landscape surrounded on one side by rugged mountains and on the other side by the turquoise waters of Lake Lucerne. In both winter and summer, the area offers many outdoor and sports activities and a myriad of hiking trails for all levels of fitness. But among locals and international tourists, Stoos is most famous because it is accessible via the world’s steepest funicular railway – the Stoosbahn – which can reach a gradient of 110 per cent in a trip time of four to seven minutes. In addition, the Stoos area is also famous because it is home to one of the country’s most beautiful and scenic hiking trails, the one that runs along the mountain ridge from Klingenstock to Fronalpstock. In this article, we tell you about our route and give you some useful tips for planning your hike!

Hike overview & map

The route we propose starts at the mountain station of the Klingenstock chairlift and, following a ridge trail with varying gradients, reaches the mountain station of the Fronalpstock chairlift, where it ends. It is a moderately difficult route, not excessively long – about 5 km – but being classified T3 on the SAC scale of difficulty, it is highly recommended to be free from vertigo, to wear non-slip shoes and to be in good physical condition. In some sections the trail is exposed and narrow, and although it is secured with chains from about the beginning of June to the beginning of November, caution is highly recommended. On the way you will have access to one of the most beautiful views of Central Switzerland and the entire country, especially if you are lucky enough to be there at sunrise or sunset. A restaurant is only available in the Fronalpstock area or further down the valley in Stoos. Therefore, if you plan to have lunch during the hike, we suggest you take your own food with you.
If, on the other hand, you are looking for a less challenging hike in the area, perhaps to combine with an afternoon at the SPA or a Sunday lunch, we have the perfect itinerary for you at this link!

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For a safe hike, it is important to have the support of maps and GPS. That’s why we plan and track all our hiking routes using Outdooractive, a platform for tracking outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling and more. By subscribing for free to the website you can browse the entire route database, copy our routes, edit them and create your own and of course share them with friends. If instead you want to know why you should sign up for a PRO or PRO+ subscription and why we have already done it, we have told you about it here along with 5 other essential apps for hiking in Switzerland.

Hiking route

Arriving in Stoos and Klingenstock

As mentioned, the alpine village of Stoos is easily accessible from Schwyz via the world’s steepest funicular railway, a jewel of technology that will amaze you. The valley station is large and well organised and has ample parking for those who choose to arrive by car. When planning your visit, we suggest you take into account that during weekends and the summer season, long queues may occur both to buy tickets and to board the funicular. Therefore, our advice is to pre-purchase tickets online to reduce waiting times. All information about the weather situation on site, the operational status of the lifts and trails, and the purchase of tickets can be found on the official website. The ‘Peak Experience Ticket’ is specially designed for this excursion and includes unlimited travel for one day on all lifts in the area, including chairlifts. Once in Stoos, simply follow the signs to the Klingenstock chairlift and the starting point of your hike.

From Klingenstock to Huser Stock

As soon as we reach the top, we immediately realise what awaits us on the hike: an astonishing panorama of the valleys and high mountains of the canton on one side and Lake Lucerne on the other. We know that the hike will be challenging in places, but we don’t worry and decide to take our time and enjoy the beauty of the place to the full. The first two kilometres of the hike run without too much difficulty, except for a short, somewhat bumpier and narrower section of stairs shortly after the start of the trail. We recommend caution and carrying trekking sticks for better stability. Also pay attention to the sections that run along steep slopes and stay on the trail! At about 2.5 kilometres we recommend a short deviation to the Huser Stock, a small peak with a pleasant view and where you will find some picnic tables. The path up and down is rather slippery: be careful and if you feel unsafe, skip the deviation and keep going on.

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From Huser Stock to Fronalpstock

After the Huser Stock, a steep descent (secured in part by steps) of about one kilometre begins towards the lowest point of the hike, at about 1,700 metres, and then back up along a challenging uphill path of about 800 metres. The path is rather narrow and does not easily allow you to overtake slower hikers. Be patient! At the end of the demanding ascent, turn your back for a moment to admire the ridge path you have just walked along! From this point, it is even more beautiful.
From there, the path rejoins the easier Fronalpstock Panoramic Trail, which runs wide and safely further away from the edge of the mountain. This last section of the trail runs fairly flat and presents no difficulty. Another few hundred metres and you will be in Fronalpstock for one last view of Lake Lucerne from above. You are now ready to take the chairlift back to Stoos.

How to get there

See the location in Google Maps. The starting point of this excursion – the valley station of the Stoos funicular railway – can be reached by public transport. The route can be purchased via the SBB website or SBB app and as always, we suggest that you use the same website or app to check the timetables and different travel options in advance.

See the location in Google Maps. The starting point of this excursion – the valley station of the Stoos funicular railway – is also accessible by car. To find the best travel option for you, as always we suggest you use Google Maps. A large covered parking area and a outdoor parking area are available near the funicular. Both are chargeable. More information can be found at this link.

Tips

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If you want to make your hike longer or more challenging, you can decide to skip one or both chairlift rides and reach the summit (or return to the valley) on foot! The choice is yours, but be sure to inform yourself well about the characteristics of the trail and the effort required!

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If you are looking for a less challenging hike in the Stoos area, perhaps to combine with an afternoon at the spa or a Sunday lunch, we have the right itinerary for you at this link!

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No restaurants or cafés are available along the hike, except at Fronalpstock, at the end of the route. We therefore suggest that you take your lunch with you!

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Are you planning an excursion here and have doubts or concerns? Let us know by leaving a comment below and we will give you a feedback as soon as possible!

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