On the road with Chantal
Hike to Crap Putèr
I have already heard a lot about Crap Putèr and seen some photos. The longer I stayed there, the more I wanted to enjoy the view for myself. On a Saturday morning, at dusk and with pleasant temperatures, I set off with two dogs.
Since I started early in the morning, I drove by car to the Tarasp Fontana car park. There is a free car park at the edge of the forest. From there, a forest road leads in the direction of Val Plavna to a barbecue area and the starting point of the Dwarf Trail. Here begins the first ascent of the day, up towards Alp Laisch. On this forest road there are a few steep climbs in between and then again somewhat flatter ones. You reach Alp Laisch after about one and a half hours.
After Alp Laisch, the trail continues through the forest on a path that is still wide at the beginning. After climbing a few more metres in altitude, you reach a junction to the left to a small path. This path leads straight up through the forest. Passing the shepherd's hut, you can benefit from the shade of the trees. Every now and then I catch a glimpse of the surrounding valleys, on the one hand into the Lower Engadine and on the other into Val Plavna.
After reaching the tree line, the trail leads over stones and meadows, always towards the goal. The last stretch after the forest line is steep again. The closer you get to the summit with the two benches, the more you can already imagine the view. Once you reach the top, you can simply enjoy the wonderful view towards Scuol and Sent.
Now there is an important question: which bench to choose – the one with the view towards Scuol or the one with the view towards Guarda. A difficult decision – I chose the bench facing Scuol.
After a break and breakfast with a view, we set off again on the way back. One option is to descend to Sur En d'Ardez and continue to Ardez, the other is to return via the same route. Since my car is parked in Tarasp, I decided to take the same route. On the way down, you can enjoy the view again from a different angle.
I will definitely visit Crap Putèr again and I can well imagine that this beautiful hike will be a permanent feature in my hiking plans.
Important to know:
- Arrival: By car (free parking available or by bus to Tarasp Fontana)
- Duration: approx. 5 hours hiking time
- Equipment: Hiking boots, warm clothing, sun and rain protection
- Small tip for dog owners: Since there is no stream or lake along the entire trail, you should not only take something to drink for yourself, but also for your dog. He will thank you for it.
Chantal Mayor grew up in S-charl and has been working as an event manager at the Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair holiday region since 1 May 2019. Besides swimming, her favourite pastime is going for walks with her dog Aiko.