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Daily operation with the Bad Ragaz-Pardiel gondola lift.

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Medium Closed

Length: 11.4 km | Duration: 4.30 h | Elevation gain: 553m 911m

One of the most popular hikes in Switzerland. Five crystal-clear mountain lakes and views of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sardona characterize this route. The 5-lake hike is expected to be accessible from July 1.

The 5-Lakes Hike is one of the most beautiful panoramic mountain hikes in Switzerland. High above the tree line, a mountain trail winds its way through the constantly changing alpine landscape, passing five mountain lakes - each with its own unique character. From the lovely Wangsersee on the Pizol high plateau, the trail continues to the second lake, the striking turquoise-colored Wildsee with the Pizol glacier and summit in the background. Followed by the dark Schwarzsee, the third lake, the Schottensee, shines in a deep, powerful blue. Finally, the trail leads past the greenish, romantic Baschalvasee.

On the hike, it is worth taking in the views in all directions. Along the entire route, there are always new and fascinating views of the Glarus and Graubünden mountains, the Rhine Valley and as far as Lake Constance.

Important notes

Please note the mountain summer report. There you will find the latest information on the condition of the hike.

We strongly recommend starting the hike from the valley station by 11:00 am at the latest. Please note that you must be at the Gaffia chairlift at 4.30 pm or at the Pizolhütte at 4.00 pm, otherwise you will miss the last descent. The last descent with the gondola lift from Furt is at 5.30 pm. After that, transportation by Pizolbahnen AG is no longer possible.

The 5 Lakes Hike is a high alpine hike with three strenuous ascents and descents. The upper section leads through scree and rocky sections that require hiking boots with a good profile.

Tip hiking bus

In summer, when the weather is fine and the chairlifts are in operation, a free shuttle bus runs between the valley stations in Wangs and Bad Ragaz from 2 p.m. to take you comfortably back to your starting point if you are returning to the valley on the other side. There is no fixed timetable, just let us know at the ticket office.

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