Stage 14 of the Trans Swiss trail is 13 km and goes from Eggiwil to Schangnau. With 800 m of ascent and 600 m of descent, it is a solid hike. Fortunately, it is also a hike with views worth the work. I wasn’t sure that would be the case when we headed out for the trail in the morning as we were completely fogged in. And while the fog lingered at the lower elevations, up on the trail, we had wonderful clear skies for the entire hike allowing us to enjoy the spectacular views.
|Where:|| Eggiwil to Schangnau|
Canton Bern, Switzerland
|Train/Bus:|| Zürich HB -> Eggiwil – 2 hr 7 min|
Schangnau -> Zürich HB – 1 hr 56 min
|What:|| Trans Swiss Trail – Stage 14 Eggiwil to Schangnau|
Yellow trail markers – Trans Swiss Trail Route 2
|Skill:|| Medium – About 4 hrs 20 min|
Length 13 km, Ascent 800 m, Descent 600 m
|Stage 1 – Porrentruy to St-Ursanne|
Stage 2 – St-Ursanne to Soubey
Stage 3 – Soubey to Saignelégier
Stage 4 – Saignelégier to St-Imier
Stage 5 – St-Imier to Chézard-St-Martin
Stage 6 – Chézard-St-Martin to Neuchâtel
Stage 7 – Neuchâtel to Murten
Stage 8 – Murten to Laupen
Stage 9 – Laupen to Bern
Stage 10 – Bern to Worb
Stage 11 – Worb to Lützelflüh
Stage 12 – Lützelflüh to Langnau i.E.
Stage 13 – Langnau i.E. to Eggiwil
Stage 14 – Eggiwil to Schangnau
Stage 15 – Schangnau to Sörenberg
Stage 16 – Sörenberg to Giswil
Stage 17 – Giswil to Flüeli-Ranft
Stage18 – Flüeli-Ranft to Stans
Stage 19 – Stans to Seelisberg
Stage 20 – Seelisberg to Erstfeld
Stage 21 – Erstfeld to Wassen
Stage 22 – Wassen to Andermatt
Stage 23 – Andermatt to Passo del San Gottardo
Stage 24 – Passo del San Gottardo to Airolo
Stage 25 – Airolo to Osco
Stage 26 – Osco to Anzonico
The Trans Swiss Trail is best done with public transportation as each stage starts and ends at different points. Stage 14 picks right up where stage 13 left off in the Eggiwil. From the Eggiwil, Dorf bus stop it is a short walk back to the Emme river and the beginning of our next section of the trail.
The trail begins by briefly following along the Emme river. After about a kilometer or so, the trail heads into the woods where some parts of the trail were rather steep (we regretted not bringing our hiking poles with us). But once we left the forest, the ascent became more gradual and we also started to get some fantastic views.
As we walked along, the unevenness of the land here was very striking. I really enjoyed this section of the trail.
I thought that our lunch spot was the highpoint of the hike, but no, we still had some more ascent to go.
When we did reach the highpoint, the views were spectacular! And, there was a bench for a bit of a rest. This spot is at the confluence of several trails, and on a gorgeous day like this one, it was a fairly busy place.
It was now time to begin the hike down. We hiked this part slowly as it was a bit steep. Also, we kept stopping to admire the view.
After we entered the forest, the trail was a bit tricky to walk on as it was very steep and had lots of loose, rolling, round rocks. This was not my favorite part of the hike.
I was happy to be out of the forest and to see the town of Schangnau below. The trail description had said that Schangnau was famous for its mozzarella and that there would be black buffalo visible on the descent. We were disappointed that we didn’t see them or see anywhere to buy cheese. Oh well.
Schangnau isn’t a very large town, so almost as soon as we reached it, we were at our bus stop.