This route starts in the heart of the St. Gallen Rhine Valley, in Frümsen, directly at the valley station of the Staubernbahn. Initially crossing the forest road over beautiful forest paths and then steadily uphill on a hiking trail. In doing so, more than 1200 vertical meters are overcome. Around two thirds of the hike leads through forested areas. After around 2½ hours you will reach Vorderalp, after which the trees will become increasingly clear. Despite seductive deep views into the Rhine Valley, it is important to concentrate again on the last stretch to Staubernfirst, since the terrain drops very steeply. It is not very far from Staubernfirst to the mountain inn. The fine Appenzeller specialties, the view and finally the leisurely descent with the gondola make up for the effort during the ascent.
May 31, 2020