It’s good to have friends in Lucerne – because from there it’s just a short trip with the car to one of the dozens small but amazing hiking possibilities which basically surround the city.
Back in 2017 (and also in 2013), we packrafted the Reuss river from Bremgarten to Baden which is indeed a nice trip that I can recommend. This time, we spent one day on the Reuss and rafted from a place called “Root” (no joking – close to Lucerne) down to Bremgarten.
Even in winter you can catch awesome sunny days with perfect rafting conditions – we caught one of those days a few weeks ago and spent a full day packrafting the icy Thur River.
The Glatt River in Switzerland is most probably one of the worst rivers I have rafted so far – it simply covers all aspects that packrafters don’t like normally: lot’s of civilization, many spots where you need to get out of the river and hardly any interesting parts.
The 5-Lake-Hike is a famous hiking track close to the town of “Sargans” in Switzerland. It can easily be done in one day and the most complicated part of the track is basically making sure that you are not missing the last chairlift down to Sargans. So don’t start too late – and try to go on a sunny day where you can really enjoy the panorama.
More information, inlcuding GPS track (which is not needed) can be found here. Be aware that this track goes up around 750m and descends around 1100m in just a couple of hours.
The forecast was already bad – but nevertheless, we decided to spend the day on hiking up the Roggenstock (1778m) and have a look at the geological trail that offers a lot of information around the geological background of this area.
The Pilatus Mountain, close to the town of Lucerne, provides amazing views into the higher Alps as well as towards the lower north. Recently, we crossed parts of the mountain range beginning in the morning at the Mittaggüpfi (1917m) then continuing towards Tomlishorn (2128m) and ending on the Pilatus Kulm (2119m) close to midday.