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Redertengrat (2213 m) - winter wonderland in May!


Published by Roald Pro , 7 May 2019, 21h23.

Region: World » Switzerland » Schwyz
Date of the hike: 7 May 2019
Snowshoe grading: WT3 - Demanding snowshoe hike
Waypoints:
Geo-Tags: CH-SZ   CH-GL 
Time: 7:00
Height gain: 1300 m 4264 ft.
Height loss: 1300 m 4264 ft.
Route:See waypoints and GPS track (15 km)
Access to start point:By car to Hinter Bruch at the very southern end of Wägitalersee. Parking just passed the small bridge where the road makes a turn.

Great snowshoe hike to Redertengrat (2213 m) in early May!

Start of the hike at 8:40 AM. At the parking lot I met a guy who had the same goal as me, but he took the shorter ascent directly through the forest up towards Rinderweid. He was later using snowshoes and carrying his snowboard on the back.

Just 10 minutes into my hike, a skier came down on the forest road from Abern Oberalp. There were a few cm of snow on the forest road, but barely enough to ski down. A little bit further up I got to see a deer crossing the forest road. At Abern Oberalp there were 5-10 cm of snow. I followed an old ski track from Abern Oberalp to Rinderweid, and I mounted the snowshoes halfway between Abern Oberalp and Rinderweid. Near Lufthütte I got onto the track from the guy with the snowboard, and I was glad I did not have to create the track myself. Probably I would not have made it all the way to Redertengrat without his track. At Lufhütte I estimated that there was about half a meter of fresh snow from last Sunday!

At Redertengrat I finally caught up with the fellow hiker with the snowboard, who was just getting ready for the ride down. After a brief chat, I continued to the highest point on the ridge at 2213 m, and just south of there I enjoyed my lunch. There was a great view from the ridge, and some colorful clouds made it look very special.

After my lunch break, I headed back down essentially the same way as I came. Meanwhile, below Abern Oberalp most of the snow had melted on the forest road where the earliest skier had managed to ski almost all the way down to the lake in the morning.

Equipment:
- Alpine snowshoes
- Hiking sticks

Remarks:
Please see the attached GPS track for more details on the route.

Hike partners: Roald


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