Planning your dream Trail Running Tour in the Swiss Alps

Updated: Feb 23




Introduction

The Swiss Hiking network explained

Planning essentials

Apps and Maps

Gear considerations

Decision time



Introduction

So, you have found your way here to my page about planning your dream trail running trips in the Swiss Alps. Maybe, you just want to enjoy running without much effort on the beautiful trails of Switzerland. There are many trails already planned for you. (See my tour page.) Or, you are a vertical mountain junkie and want to stand on top of the countless high peaks in the Swiss Alps. Maybe you are even looking for more challenging and technical terrain, crossing glaciers or combining running with a little climbing or traversing spectacular mountain ridges.


glaciers at Trifthütte
At Trifthütte

Most trail running in the mountains requires some planning. But on longer tours, when you venture into the high mountains, good planning and preparation is an absolute must and could be the difference between an exhilarating amazing experience or putting yourself in a risky and dangerous situation.


The Swiss Hiking network explained

If you are, or have been trail running or hiking in Switzerland, you already have an idea of the immense network available for your use. In fact, 65000km of it! Much of it, sign posted and marked along the route you are taking.

Swisstopo and the Swiss Hiking Federation depict the principal network using yellow for hiking trails, red for mountain hiking trails and blue for Alpine hiking trails, which corresponds with the colours on the signposts and markings. Green is reserved for the 'Hiking in Switzerland' route offering. This is a numbered system for trails from local featured circuits to national long distance trails. An example would be the 'Via Alpina' which is marked no1.



Hiking trails are marked yellow. These often are on wide paths and tracks. You find them also in towns and villages. But they can also be narrow and uneven. Steep passages are often constructed and maintained with steps and more exposed sections secured with railings. Apart from the usual attention and caution, hiking trails do not make any special demands on the trail runner or hiker.