Schynige Platte to First
The Grindelwald High Route is a Jungfrau Region classic day hike.
START: Schynige Platte
FINISH: First or Grindelwald
VERTICAL: 1000 meters
Most everyone doing this route will start on the cog train to the Schynige Platte station. But, runners may want to include the 1600 meter climb from Interlaken to Schynige.
From Schynige Platte, the trail heads east near the crest of a long ridgeline with views down to the Brienzersee (Lake Brienz) on the left, and some of the region's best views of the Jungfrau Peaks to the right. After this section you’ll wander through remote feeling rocky terrain for a time before reaching the Berghaus Männdlennen, an opportunity for calories and/or caffeine.
After this it’s a short climb to the Faulhorn (2681 meters, your highpoint) before a long descent on one of the most scenic panorama trails anywhere along the shore of the Bachsee. Shortly after the lake, you'll arrive to the First restaurant and lift station. Here, most hikers will climb into a gondola for the long drop to Grindelwald. But you do have the option of continuing down to Grindelwald (1200 meters down) on trails.
From Grindelwald, trains run every half hour back to Interlaken.
For trail runners, much more information is available at our Elevation Schynige Platte to Grindewald Run.
TIP: This is a great day hike, so... make a day of it! Plan to stop at the Berghaus Männdlenen for something to eat or drink. And carry a picnic and eat at one of the many jaw dropping view points. Just be sure to know what time the last gondola goes to Grindelwald from the First Station.
The map shows the option of starting on the trail from the Wilderswil train station. However, most everyone takes the cog train from Wilderswil to Schynige Platte and starts at the trail from there.
Leaving the Schynige Platte bound for the First Station.
Hiking above the Sägistalsee before the Berghaus Männdlenen.