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The Rätikon offers beautiful trail running routes in Graubünden. The trail is a scenic tour from St. Antönien to the front Prättigau with a spectacular border crossing to Austria. This is not just a training, but a real experience.
In St. Antönien, the first 600 metres of altitude start first on a short road, then on an increasingly narrow alpine path. During the summer high season, however, these first meters of altitude up to the Bärgli can be easily mastered with the Bus alpin. Afterwards it gets a bit flatter and a wonderful panorama of the Schijenflue opens. It is worth making a short detour to Lake Carschina before walking on a panoramic trail to the Carschinahütte SAC. You follow the Prättigauer Höhenweg, which winds its way up and down under the Drusenfluh. The highlight of the tour is the transition to Austria through the Swiss Gate. A spectacular path leads through a small gap between the rock faces. Afterwards, the terrain becomes gentler again and the trail over the Verajoch offers pure enjoyment to every trail runner. Before the Lünersee you turn left and pass the state border at the Cavelljoch. Back on Swiss soil you come back to the Prättigauer Höhenweg, which you follow to the Schesaplanahütte SAC. After a short section on a gravel road, turn right at the Vordersäss onto a partly technical, lonely path. This usually leads uphill to the Luderer Egg and then crosses the southwest flank of the Sassauna. The last descent to the Eggli is a worthy conclusion to the tour.
About the author:
Stephan Hugenschmidt is the winner and course record holder of the Eiger Ultra, Zugspitz Ultratrail and Madrisa Trail. Stephan lives in Grüsch and knows the trails in Prättigau like his pocket. He particularly loves the fact that the trails are not overcrowded in Prättigau and that you can spend hours in an intact nature.
From St. Antönien, take advantage of the bus alpine to the "Bärgli" and save yourself 700 metres of altitude difference.
A stop at the Carschina & Schesaplan hut is a must!
Sure-footedness and fitness are required.
Suitable trail running shoes, backpack with drink (water or energy drink), food (bars, gels or a sandwich with Prättigauer mountain cheese and Bündnerfleisch?), windbreaker, mobile phone and emergency kit.
St. Antönien - Carschinasee - Carschinahütte - Schweizer Tor - Verajoch - Cavelljoch - Schesaplanahütte - Vordersäss (Pt. 1699) - Luderer Egg (Pt. 2015) - Eggli
To Landquart with the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), then change to the Rhaetian Railway (RhB) in the direction of Davos. Get off in Küblis. Then take the Postbus to St. Antönien.
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