Rautispitz (2283 m) - snowshoe hike


Published by Roald Pro , 26 May 2019, 20h44.

Region: World » Switzerland » Glarus
Date of the hike:26 May 2019
Hiking grading: T3+ - Difficult Mountain hike
Snowshoe grading: WT3 - Demanding snowshoe hike
Waypoints:
Geo-Tags: CH-GL   Oberseegruppe 
Time: 7:00
Height gain: 1325 m 4346 ft.
Height loss: 1325 m 4346 ft.
Route:See waypoints and GPS track (15 km)
Access to start point:By car from Näfels to Obersee, free parking just before Berghaus Obersee. The road from Näfels to Obersee is curvy, steep, and in many places only one lane wide.

This tour to Rautispitz was a mixed hike and snowshoe hike. There is still a lot of snow left above elevation 1700 m. The weather was not that great, with low clouds and fog lingering around the mountain tops. But at least it remained dry.

I followed the wrw marked trail from Obersee to Grapplistafel and almost to Rautihütten. After Grapplistafel, in the steepest part of the wrw marked trail (Tritt), there is a snowfield blocking the trail. I found it quite tricky to cross it, and therefore I have rated the hiking T3+. (Under normal summer conditions, the hike is probably a T2). Further up there is another snowfield blocking the trail, but there it is possible to make a small detour around it.

At elevation 1650 m I mounted the snowshoes, and continued up through the Rautialp area up to Rauti Furgglä. The last part of the ascent is nearly 30° steep. The snow was pretty soft.

At the summit of Rautispitz, the view was not great due to the fog and low clouds all around. But I enjoyed the view to Höchnase and Wiggis, and the sun actually came through for a short period of time!

For the descent, I generally followed the same route.

Equipment:
- Alpine snowshoes
- Gaiters
- Hiking sticks

Remarks:
- Please see the attached GPS track for more details on the route.
- Above Grapplistafel I did not meet any other hikers.

Hike partners: Roald


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