Stage 22 of the Trans Swiss trail is 10 km long with 680 m ascent and 150 m descent and goes from Wassen to Andermatt. We are now entering the Gotthard pass area and the second half of this hike (from Göschenen to Andermatt) which included the Schöllenenschlucht gorge and the Teufelsbrücke (Devil’s Bridge) was particularly dramatic.
|Where:||Wassen to Andermatt|
Canton Uri, Switzerland
|Train/Bus:|| Zürich HB -> Wassen, Dorf – 2 hr 2 min|
Andermatt -> Zürich HB – 2 hr 7 min
|What:|| Trans Swiss Trail – Stage 22 – Wassen to Andermatt|
Red and white trail markers – Trans Swiss Trail Route 2
|Skill:|| Medium – About 3 hrs |
Length 10 km, Ascent 680 m, Descent 150 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
Stage 27 – Anzonico to Biasca
Stage 28 – Biasca to Bellinzona
Stage 29 – Bellinzona to Tesserete
Stage 30 – Tesserete to Lugano (Comano)
Stage 31 – Lugano (Paradiso) to Morcote
Stage 32 – Morcote to Mendriso
The Trans Swiss Trail is best done with public transportation as each stage starts and ends at different points. Stage 22 picks right up where stage 21 left off, at the Wassen, Dorf bus stop.
After getting off the bus, we simply followed the trail along the main road out of town.
Although, the trail started out on the main road, it soon took a turn up into the forest. There were several historical signs along the way here about the history of the railroad and a small museum about the quarry. We didn’t stop in at the museum as we needed watch the time on this hike.
As we continued, the views up and down the valley were really lovely.
After we passed over the highway, and the traffic went into the tunnel, it got a lot quieter. We could still hear the river down below, but the forest was too dense to see it. After hiking up out of the forest, the trail followed alongside the train tracks until we reached Göschenen. I loved the green color of the river flowing through Göschenen.
After leaving Göschenen, the trail continued to follow the river. We took our lunch break right by the pretty stone bridge in the fourth picture below.
After lunch the trail continued its ascent towards Andermatt. It was a steady uphill walk but nothing too steep.
The winding road here was also quite a sight.
When we entered the Schöllenenschlucht gorge, the views of the Teufelsbrücke (Devil’s Bridge) were really spectacular.
So, we didn’t actual learn a lesson from watching Dark. When we saw the entrance to a tunnel in the mountain below the Teufelsbrücke, we decided to take a detour from the path and follow it out to the other side. I’m glad we did, no time-travel nonsense, and it gave us a really great view of the gorge and bridges.
After leaving the gorge area, it is a fairly flat walk along the river to the town of Andermatt.
I loved the views here. I definitely need to come back here to do more hiking.
At Andermatt, we got the next train home. From the train, we had another great view of the gorge and bridges as we were leaving. Super nice.
The next stage will take us to the top of the Gotthard pass. It is only September, but it is getting late enough in the year that it could snow and prevent us from continuing until next summer. Fingers crossed the weather cooperates with our schedules and we get to hike it soon.