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Trift

Flower-filled trail leading to a high mountain hut in a variety of terrain.

By the Numbers

Sport
Hiking
Shape
Out-and-Back
Profile
Pyramid
Distance
5 miles
Elevation
2000 ft
Time
2h
Nutrition
Huts along the way
Logistics
Easy access to the trailhead from within the town of Zermatt
External
Strava | Komoot

After a day hiking around the meadows under the shadow of the Matterhorn I decided to enjoy the Botanischer Lehrpfad (Botanical Trail) from within town and hike the Trift trail to the namesake hut.

View down to the valley and Zermatt
View down to the valley and Zermatt
Wildflower meadow
Wildflower meadow
Edelweiss on the way up
Edelweiss on the way up

The hike starts steeply ascending the Edelweiss hut but no stopping on the way up!

Forest trail leading from Edelweiss
Forest trail leading from Edelweiss

Shortly after leading Edelweiss you arrive at a melting tunnel of ice which on the very hot day was instantly refreshing a considerably colder than the surrounding air temperature.

Ice tunnel
Ice tunnel
Trail winding it's way along the Trift stream
Trail winding it’s way along the Trift stream
Waterfall of spring runoff
Waterfall of spring runoff
Trail twisting below
Trail twisting below
Rocky trail
Rocky trail

The trail winds along a creek with incredible mountain views the entire way. I had planned to complete the hike to Trift Berghaus but was uncomfortable with some of the exposure so I turned around just shy of the hut.

Heading back down through the ice tunnel
Heading back down through the ice tunnel
Much needed break at Edelweiss
Much needed break at Edelweiss

On the way back down I stopped at the Edelweiss to enjoy a cold beverage and the views.

Matterhorn
Matterhorn

Back in the Zermatt with another visit to see the famous Matterhorn!

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