We were in Grindelwald earlier in our trip and enjoyed the town and our hike.
We decided to go back and try a hike to First, the mountain peak above Grindelwald. We were familiar with the start of the trail since we walked that route previously. This time the walk was all uphill. When we started the weather was nice. But that would change as we made our way up the mountain.
Running into Clouds Hiking to First
As we went up the trail the clouds were hanging near the peaks.
Making our way up the hill, we were met with a very sharp incline. We did not realize what we were in for, but grew more fatigued as we continued, but kept going.
We could hear cow bells in the distance, and evidentially saw them grazing in the meadows.
By now I was joking with J asking him why we did not ride the gondola and walk back down. It would have been much easier.
The further up the foot path we went, the cloudier it seemed to get. The sun disappeared and it was getting cooler.
The clouds were coming in as we went up the hill.
Taking the Gondola to First
Fortunately, the gondola overhead was going to First. Lucky for us it had a few stops along the way. I told J we should ride the rest of the way. He quickly agreed. We encountered the stop at Berhaus Bort. We had traveled about 2.5 miles on a constant uphill walk and the gondola was a welcome site. We paid half price with our Swiss Travel Pass (15 CHF for 2) and headed to First.
It was the right decision. As we traveled up to First the fog rolled in. We could not see anything. Not even the gondola in front or in back of us. We were socked in, deep in fog. We barely saw the end point of the trip before we got off.
Hiking back through fog
The temperature at First had dropped drastically. It’s a good thing we had our winter coats and hats as we needed them. We ventured around the terminal to use the facilities and visit the gift shop. We talked to the attendant and she suggested a walk to Grosse Scheidegg which was east of where we were.
The fog seemed to lift and we were able to see the land and thought the weather was clearing, but as we started into our hike, the fog rolled back in and it was hard to see. As we were walking the trails, we could hear people approaching us but could not see them until they were right on us.
The hike to Grosse Scheidegg was on a gentle slope down. It was a very easy hike, even in the fog.
The GPS kept us going in the general direction of the village. It took awhile, but evidentially the fog lifted and we could see again.
Taking the Schreckfeld gondola
We ran into a family that was walking on the trail. They said that we still had a good 45 minute walk to Grosse Scheidegg, but the bus only ran every hour. We were not interested in waiting around for a bus, so we followed the family to the Schreckfeld gondola. They told us they were staying in Grindelwald and visit every year. They said the views were gorgeous in the area. The fog was starting to lift from the valley below and we finally got to see the spectacular views.
We arrived at the Schreckfeld gondola and found they run constantly and did not have to wait. We paid half price with our Swiss Travel Pass (25 CHF for two) to go back to Grindelwald.
When we landed in Grindelwald, we both agreed we should have taken the gondola up to First and walked back down. The changing weather on the mountain did not help with our hike. We walked 29,932 steps and my joints felt like it. I was ready to go back to our chalet and relax.