Von St. Antönien über die Chleibach-Hängebrücke nach Schiers
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Lonely hike in Prättigau: A lot of forest, a lot of water, many bridges, including a new suspension bridge and the world monument Salginatobel Bridge.
In the Walser village of St. Antönien you will find various inns in the immediate vicinity of the Postbus stop Platz, where you can strengthen yourself for the ascent. Next to the Postbus stop, follow the road in the direction of "Aschüel" uphill. In a zigzag you walk uphill, pass the Panoramabergasthaus Michelshof and turn right at a barn to the houses. For a few minutes you follow the road slightly uphill to Aschüel.
Directly after the parking lot no. 21, the hiking trail begins in the direction of "Salfsch/Schuders"; a soft meadow path leads over a raised bog - here it is magical during the mountain spring! Where the path becomes wider, pay attention to the marking - the descending path follows the Wissbach towards the forest for a while. Now you cross a damp willow. Back in the forest, the route turns right along the slope, while on the left a huge erosion ravine opens up. Wetlands alternate with dense forest; Ferns line the path, you feel far away from civilization. In the slight up and down you finally reach the Chleibachtal, climb down to the suspension bridge, which crosses the roaring torrent.
On the opposite slope, it goes back up stairs to the Höhenweg, which now leads less damp and tannadelweich along the height curve. Countless small villages are elegantly wandered around, a logging area crossed, and finally you reach the beautifully situated hamlet of Salfsch through a swampy cow pasture. Opposite at the same height is Schuders, in between the Schraubachtal. Great view of the limestone walls of the «Graubünden Dolomites».
A forest road now leads to Schiers, which is briefly paved a few times on damp sections. Winding it goes into the Schraubachtal and along the Schraubach down the valley. At the Schuderser Säge there is a possibility to turn off in the direction of Schuder, see "Author's tip".
The rocks on the path and in the stream are mighty. Continue following the course of the wild stream. Where the Wissbach flows in, the stream bed becomes wide and the whole valley is full of debris. Several high concrete walls hold back the debris and form impressive waterfalls.
At the first signpost to the "Salginatobel Bridge", the Salgina flows into the Schraubach. About 150 meters out of the valley you will find a comfortable picnic area with fireplaces and covered hut. Next to the wide gravel bed, we continue to the gravel plant, where the material is sorted and recycled; the path leads through the middle of the high gravel hills - an unreal lunar landscape. Shortly afterwards you will come across the primary school building of Schiers. On the right you walk in 10 minutes through the village to Schiers station.
Detour Salginatobel Bridge: If you are interested in cultural monuments, you can't help but make a detour to the Salginatobel Bridge World Monument. Shortly after the Salginabach you follow the signpost "Historical Circular Trail" and climb about 100 meters up to the Salginatobel Bridge, built by the engineer Robert Maillart. From the bridge you can get back to the Schraubachtobel via circular route or via Unterpusserein to Schiers (Postbus route, few connections per day).
Return via Schuders / Postbus to Schiers: From the Schuderser Säge a path leads to Schuders, from where there is a Postbus connection to Schiers, but with only a few courses per day. The hiking time is thus reduced by about one hour. Before the ascent to Schuders (240 meters in altitude, about 45 minutes), it is advisable to consult the timetable. There is also a place to stop and stay overnight at the Berggasthaus Post, Schuders.
St. Antönien Platz 1414 m - Aschüel 1620 m - Suspension bridge Chleibach 1320 m - Salfsch 1288 m - Schuderser Säge im Schraubachtal 1035 m - Hellstutzbrücke - Salgina junction / picnic area 758 m - Schiers 654 m
Take the A13 and the N28 to Küblis, then follow the Luzeinerstrasse to Pany / St. Antönien.
In St. Antönien all parking spaces are subject to a charge. In the parking lots you can pay with cash, Parkingpay app, Easy-Park or Twint. The parking lot P2 is located in the village center just above the church.
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