On the road with Michelle
Hike to Piz Clünas
On a Saturday morning in July, my colleague Sarah and I set off for the mountain railways in Scuol. When we met in the village, the weather looked relatively good and at 09.30 it was also pleasantly warm. In the gondola on the way to the Motta Naluns mountain station, the view was a bit cloudy and we were already afraid that we would find ourselves in a thick blanket of fog on Piz Clünas. We covered the first part of the route on the hiking trail in the direction of Alp Clünas, where we turned into a narrow path at the «La Palma» bar. We followed this for about 20 minutes until the trail signal showed us the ascent to our destination: Piz Clünas.
We made the panoramic ascent in 50 minutes. On the way we could marvel at the many different mountain flowers. Once we reached the summit, we rested and had lunch. The initial uncertainty about the fog quickly dissipated - because on Piz Clünas there was sunshine and we could look down on Scuol and the surrounding villages and marvel at the magnificent Lower Engadine Dolomites. The descent surprised us with a special highlight when we saw the small and crystal clear mountain lake «Lai da Minschun». The temperature was a bit too cool for swimming, but we enjoyed the view all the more.
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The hiking route continued via Alp Laret, where we made a longer stop and treated ourselves to something delicious. The Kaiserschmarrn is highly recommended – just the thing for hungry hikers and bikers. Around 4 p.m. the cows, which are allowed to spend the day on the alp, returned to their stalls. We too decided to set off towards the valley and made our way to Prui to take the chairlift to Ftan. Alternatively, I can also recommend the hike to Ftan. This initially leads along a hiking trail and ends in a beautiful forest path. The descent is comfortable and not too steep. In Ftan we caught the post bus to Scuol just in time and dropped into the seats, exhausted but satisfied. An eventful hike came to an end and it was certainly not the last time we were on this wonderful mountain peak.
Important to know:
- Getting there: by car (parking spaces at the mountain railways) and by public transport (Scuol-Tarasp, Staziun stop)
Duration: approx. five hours hiking time
Equipment: hiking boots, warm clothing, sun and rain protection, food and drink
Tip: take a break at the mountain lake «lai da Minschun»
Other: Piz Clünas is one of the peaks included in the PIZstürmer Challenge. After the successful «ascent», a gift awaits you in the valley.
Michelle Zbinden works for the Engadin Scuol Zernez holiday region in the content and marketing team. She has lived in the Engadine since August 2017 and enjoys spending her free time in nature. She particularly enjoys the variety of flowers in the Lower Engadine.