Philosophers' Trail

Philosophers’ Trail

Route: Philosophers’ Trail

Area: Switzerland

Date of walk: 18th January 2019

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 4.6 miles

Ascent: 1,100 feet

Weather: Sunshine and blue skies

The Philosopher’s Trail is one of the classic winter walks in Switzerland. We’ve walked here on three occasions in the past (click here for an earlier winter visit four years ago), and were keen to return – it’s a spectacular route that it would be impossible to tire of

After catching the train from Guarda to Punt Muragl we walked over to the nearby base station of the funicular railway, which took us up to the starting point, the Romantik Hotel on Muottas Muragl, at a height of about 8,000 feet. There are huge panoramic views along the valley from here over Celerina and St Moritz and towards the beautiful lake of Silvaplauna

The trail is well prepared and waymarked, and at the outset there is a choice of routes: the blue sign indicates a short easy circuit, red is intermediate, and black is the longest option. We chose the latter, and headed up the ridge to the far point of the walk at 9,000 feet. Although this involves an ascent of 1,000 feet the path is so well graded that it’s hardly noticeable and it’s a very easy walk. It would be difficult to get lost, and even though we had a white out when we were last here, we had no difficulties on that occasion

The black route is in essence a figure of eight, enabling different views to be enjoyed on the return leg. There are well placed benches along the way, some with blankets, and it would be easy to spend a full day up here

We arrived back at the Romantik Hotel at lunchtime, and as we were enjoying a glass of beer and gazing at the views from the outside restaurant, a pair of golden eagles circled overhead – a perfect end to a perfect day

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