This beautiful hike from Engstlenalp to Planpatten visits the scenic Tannersee, takes in the terrific views atop the Balmeregghorn and then travels to the overlook at Planplatten with incredible panoramic views of the high peaks towering above five valleys.
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- Distance: 4.5 miles (one way) to Balmeregghorn
6.4 miles (one way) to Planplatten (Meiringen)
- Elevation: 6,017-ft. at Trailhead
7,398-ft. at Balmeregghorn
7,365-ft. at Planplatten (Meiringen)
- Elevation Gain: 1,382-ft. to Balmeregghorn
-567-ft. to Planplatten (Meiringen)
- Difficulty: moderate-strenuous
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Meiringen / Engstlenalp / Bernese Oberland
Why Hike Engstlenalp to Meiringen
This scenic hike, with breathtaking views from beginning to end, follows the classic Alpine Pass route between Engstlenalp and Meiringen, traveling along the steep slopes and high ridges on the northwest side of the Gental Valley. The Bernese Alps towering above Rosenlaui and Grindelwald dominate the view to the southwest. To the east the Jochstock and Titlis rise to the southeast of the Jochpass. The Wendenstocke, Tallistock and the rugged ridge connecting the peaks fills the skyline across the Gental Valley.
From Engstlenalp the trail climbs the Spycherflue to Tannalp. Here the Rothorn, Glogghus and Hochstollen, rising along the rugged ridge rimming the west side of the Melchsee Valley, form the perfect backdrop for the Tannersee, a pretty lake nestled in the pastures of Tannalp.
After skirting the southeast side of the Tannersee the trail climbs atop a ridge with impressive views in all directions. The trail now travels along the ridge crest to Balmeregghorn with more splendid views. Here the Dammastock rising above the glistening Trift Glacier on the south side of the Gadmental valley joins the scene.
Beyond the Balmeregghorn the trail follows a descending traverse along the rugged southeast flanks of the Rothorn before ascending along the steep slopes of the Lauber. The trail then travels atop a ridge to Planplatten, where an overlook at the convergence of five valleys showcases an amazing panorama of the area’s peaks and glaciers.
From Planplatten a combination of gondolas and a cable car whisk hikers to Meiringen. Aternatively, it is possible to hike from Planplatten to Reuti and then take the cable car to Meiringen or, if you are a purist, walk the entire way.
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