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HIking Switzerland's Via Alpina: Engelberg to Meiringen

Hike from Trubsee lake and Jochpass and down to Engstlensee lake for stunning views of the Wetterhorn.
  • A view from the Gasthaus Gerschnailp in Engelberg. The team awoke to the sound of cowbells echoing through mountains at 4,139 feet. (Anthony Cerretani)
  • Contributing Editor John Harlin gets ready to hike up over 1,800 feet on the team's way to Trubsee lake. (Jonathan Dorn)
  • A view of Trubsee lake. (Jonathan Dorn)
  • Gear Editor Kristin Hostetter takes in the sites from the Trubsee lake as the team gets ready for the push up to Jochpass. (Anthony Cerretani)
  • Kristin Hostetter and Jon Harlin work their way above Trubsee lake. Rigidalstock, and Wissberg mountains can be seen in the distance.  (Jonathan Dorn)
  • Anthony Cerretani, Kristin Hostetter, and John Harlin work their way up to Jochpass. In late October, snow started appearing at around 6,000 feet. (Jonathan Dorn)
  • On their way down from the pass, the team scouts the route and takes a bird's eye view of Engstlensee a natural lake and reservoir.  (Anthony Cerretani)
  • The team stops for a well-earned beer at the Hotel Engstlenalp. The Wetterhorn looms in the distance. (Anthony Cerretani)
  • Chasing daylight as the team works its way down valley route towards Meiringen. (Anthony Cerretani)
  • Continuing on the descent, snow melts below treeline along the valley route. (Anthony Cerretani)
  • Kristin Hostetter tests the Sierra Designs LT Strike 2. The Wetterhorn sets the perfect backdrop. (Anthony Cerretani)
  • As the sun sets, the moon rises on the Via Alpina. (Anthony Cerretani)
  • Jonathan Dorn, John Harlin, and Kristin Hostetter stop for a bite to eat and check the map below Engstlenalp at 5,385 feet. (Anthony Cerretani)
  • Alpenglow--the real deal--looking back towards Jochpass. (Anthony Cerretani)
  • The Wetterhorn looms at 12,112 feet. (Anthony Cerretani)
  • John Harlin hikes down from Engstlenalp, into Meiringen. The team would drop over 4,000 feet. (Anthony Cerretani)
  • Anthony Cerretani descends from Engstlenalp towards Meiringen. The weather turned to almost 65 degrees and the team shedded layers as they descended.  (Jonathan Dorn)
  • Near Underbalm, the contours of the Wetterhorn come into glaring clarity as the team moves further into Meiringen. (Jonathan Dorn)
  • Dropping down further below treeline, the team found themselves under mid-autumn canopy of trees. (Anthony Cerretani)
  • A picturesque church sets the scene in Wyler, as the team flattens out in the valley to Meiringen. (Anthony Cerretani)
A view from the Gasthaus Gerschnailp in Engelberg. The team awoke to the sound of cowbells echoing through mountains at 4,139 feet. (Anthony Cerretani)
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A view from the Gasthaus Gerschnailp in Engelberg. The team awoke to the sound of cowbells echoing through mountains at 4,139 feet. (Anthony Cerretani)


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