This spectacular hike through the mountains is also a journey into the past. The Segnes Trek leads you through the Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and shows you geological phenomena in a magnificent alpine landscape with wonderful trails, breathtaking views and magnificent peaks.
In the Tectonic Arena you discover how the Alps were formed. Of particular note is the Glarus Thrust (Glarner Hauptüberschiebung), a major fault line and an awesome spectacle. When the European and African continental plates collided, an older layer of rock was pushed over a younger one. This phenomenon is clearly visible at the prominent Tschingelhörner peak. This is also the location of the famous Martin's Hole, through which the sun shines for two minutes in spring and autumn.
When water joins rock, natural phenomena are created, such as the whirlpool pots on the Alp Mora and the two Segnesböden plateaus, through which the water is constantly seeking new paths. You can find all these features high up in the mountains west of Chur. There’s a treat in store for wildlife lovers too. If you’re lucky, you can observe golden eagles here, so it's worth bringing a pair of binoculars.
The Segnes Trek starts at the train station Reichenau-Tamins and, almost immediately, you find yourself immersed in the mountain environment. Surefootedness as well as alpine hiking experience are required. The highest point of the hike is the Grischsattel, at 2,760 metres (8,760 ft). High up, between the peaks, you spend the night in mountain huts and inns. You should book your accommodation well in advance and we recommend that you start your journey on a Sunday to avoid the crowds. Four of the five nights are spent above 2,000 metres (6,560 ft). Not all of the stages have stops along the way, so we recommend that you bring provisions from the valley or pack some breakfast at the huts.
Climb high, look far into the distance and travel deep into the past in this uniquely revealing mountain landscape.
Please note: Due to maintenance work, the Segnespass Mountain Lodge will be closed in summer 2023. As an alternative, the Tschinglen Inn on the Tschinglen Alp is available. During the construction work of the FlemExpress, the Segneshütte will also be closed for overnight guests. Instead, you can spend the night in the cosy cotton tents of TCS Glamping on Alp Nagens.
On the first stage of the Segnes Trek you make a good portion of altitude difference, which takes you high up into the mountains. There you will spend the next few days far away from the valleys in the middle of nature.
The route starts at Reichenau-Tamins train station, which is on the train route between…
This stage is spectacular from the start: through the beautiful Lawoitobel you first hike a few hundred meters downhill before you climb steeply to Alp Mora. Please note: There is no official hiking trail between the Lawoitobel and the Strudelöpfe. The terrain here is classified as white/blue/white…
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In the high valley, this stage begins quite comfortably on wide paths through a beautiful landscape. As you hike higher and higher, the terrain slowly becomes steeper. At the end of a small plain you can make a detour to the so-called cathedral, where you will find an impressive waterfall between steep…
This stage is the shortest on the Segnes Trek. However, it is not entirely without it, because a steep descent from the Segnespass awaits you. Slowly you leave the rocky heights behind you and advance back into green areas. You have a nice view of the Tschingelhörner again.
Down in the high valley you…
On this stage you hike over the 2,760 meter high Grischsattel, the highest point on the Segnes Trek. There is a steep climb up a rocky and demanding trail, which is partially secured with ropes.
It then goes downhill just as steeply until you approach the lower Segnesboden and the landscape becomes more…
Along the Flem mountain stream you descend back into the valley on the last stage of the Segnes Trek. For this you use the fantastic hiking trail "Trutg dil Flem", the Flimser Wasserweg. It always runs close to the shore, partly above the picturesque river bed, partly through exciting gorges. You cross…
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