Obersteinberg Loop

Distance: 6.7 - 7.6 miles (loop)

Bernese Oberland, near Lauterbrunnen in Bernese Oberland

Schmadri Falls and the peaks rising to the southeast

Schmadri Falls and the peaks rising to the southeast

 

This loop hike travels to Obersteinberg, a pretty alp with impressive views of the glacier-clad summits rimming the head of the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Views stretch from the Jungfrau in the north to the Breithorn and Tschingelhorn in the south. Extend the hike with a trip to the Oberhornsee, a small lake.
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  • Distance: 3.8 miles (one way) to Obersteinberg
    3.5 miles (round trip) to Oberhornsee
    2.9 miles (one way) to Stechelberg
  • Elevation: 2,985-ft. at Trailhead
    5,833-ft. at Obersteinberg
    6,775-ft. at Oberhornsee
    5,833-ft. at Stechelberg
  • Elevation Gain: 2,880-ft. to Obersteinberg
    940-ft. to Oberhornsee
    -2,880-ft. to Stechelberg
  • Difficulty: strenuous
  • More Hikes in:
    Lauterbrunnen / Bernese Oberland

Why Hike Obersteinberg Loop

Obersteinberg offers a front row seat to a photogenic waterfall, a stunning cirque of summits adorned with glaciers, rugged crags and pretty meadows at the head of the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Two steep trails travel through forests and meadows to this beautiful overlook. The valley trail which is a little longer and not quite as steep is recommended for the trip to Obersteinberg. The high route that is shorter and steeper but enjoys some great views before it dive bombs to Stechelberg, is suggested for the return leg.

Hikers looking for a longer and more challenging day can extend the day by visiting the Oberhornsee, a small lake situated in the rocky meadows between the moraines of the Breithorn and Tschingelhorn glaciers. This side trip adds 3.5 miles and 940-ft. of elevation gain to the hike.

Another alternative is to spend the night at alp at Obersteinberg, which includes a circa 1880 hotel with comfy rooms and dormitory accommodations and a small restaurant with stunning views of the peaks across the valley.

My favorite option is to visit Obersteinberg as part of a trip to Tanzbodeli. This challenging hike requires very steep climbs rewarded with breathtaking scenery. See the trail description on the Tanzbodeli hike for more information.

Elevation Profile

Elevation Profile for the Obersteinberg Loop Hike

Trail Resources

Trail Photo Gallery / Trail Map

Basecamp(s) Information:
Lauterbrunnen

Region Information:
Bernese Oberland

Other Hiking Regions in:
Switzerland

 

Obersteinberg Loop

Distance: 6.7 - 8.6 miles (loop)

Bernese Oberland, near Lauterbrunnen in Bernese Oberland

Schmadri Falls and the peaks rising to the southeast

Schmadri Falls and the peaks rising to the southeast

 

This loop hike travels to Obersteinberg, a pretty alp with impressive views of the glacier-clad summits rimming the head of the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Views stretch from the Jungfrau in the north to the Breithorn and Tschingelhorn in the south. Extend the hike with a trip to the Oberhornsee, a small lake.
Read Full Description

  • Distance: 3.8 miles (one way) to Obersteinberg
    3.5 miles (round trip) to Oberhornsee
    2.9 miles (one way) to Stechelberg
  • Elevation: 2,985-ft. at Trailhead
    5,833-ft. at Obersteinberg
    6,775-ft. at Oberhornsee
    5,833-ft. at Stechelberg
  • Elevation Gain: 2,880-ft. to Obersteinberg
    940-ft. to Oberhornsee
    -2,880-ft. to Stechelberg
  • Difficulty: strenuous
  • More Hikes in:
    Lauterbrunnen / Bernese Oberland

Why Hike Obersteinberg Loop

Obersteinberg offers a front row seat to a photogenic waterfall, a stunning cirque of summits adorned with glaciers, rugged crags and pretty meadows at the head of the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Two steep trails travel through forests and meadows to this beautiful overlook. The valley trail which is a little longer and not quite as steep is recommended for the trip to Obersteinberg. The high route that is shorter and steeper but enjoys some great views before it dive bombs to Stechelberg, is suggested for the return leg.

Hikers looking for a longer and more challenging day can extend the day by visiting the Oberhornsee, a small lake situated in the rocky meadows between the moraines of the Breithorn and Tschingelhorn glaciers. This side trip adds 3.5 miles and 940-ft. of elevation gain to the hike.

Another alternative is to spend the night at alp at Obersteinberg, which includes a circa 1880 hotel with comfy rooms and dormitory accommodations and a small restaurant with stunning views of the peaks across the valley.

My favorite option is to visit Obersteinberg as part of a trip to Tanzbodeli. This challenging hike requires very steep climbs rewarded with breathtaking scenery. See the trail description on the Tanzbodeli hike for more information.

Elevation Profile

Elevation Profile for the Obersteinberg Loop Hike

Trail Resources

Trail Photo Gallery / Trail Map

Basecamp(s) Information:
Lauterbrunnen

Region Information:
Bernese Oberland

Other Hiking Regions in:
Switzerland