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Traverse east-west from Wasserauen (Normal route) Marwees 2055 m

  • Difficulty
    T4-
  • Ascent
    4 h, 1350 m
  • Descent
    2:30 h, 1350 m

Like flying. Only better.

On Marwees nature and interesting trails built by courageous builders make for a hiking tour which satisfies every wish an alpine hiker might have: impressive views deep down, a boost of adrenalin on the steep ascent to Bogartenlücke or the feeling of flying when balancing on the Marwees ridge. East of Bogartenlücke stands a huge boulder called Bogartenmannli, which appears to guard the col. The view from the summit goes from Hoher Kasten to Stauberen and Kreuzberge against the backdrop of the Rätikon and Vorarlberg mountain ranges. Looking northward, Lake of Constance sparkles in the distance, while in front the hilly landscape of Appenzell and Thurgau is spread out.

Route description

Wasserauen - Bogartenlücke

From Wasserauen follow the hiking trail through Hüttentobel, which leads steeply up to below Klein-Hütten (P. 1177) and on to Bogartenlücke (1709 m). On the other side of the col descend a few metres.

Bogartenlücke - Marwees – Widderalpsattel

On a narrow, white-blue-white marked trail zigzag up a couloir, then traverse steeply to the east end of the ridge. From there the exposed path, overgrown with grass, leads to the east summit of Marwees at P. 1992 (summit cross). Most hikers leave out the highest point (P. 2055; summit book), but it is easily accessible on a faint path in pastures (add 15 min.). The descent is on the alpine hiking trail to Widderalpsattel.

Widderalpsattel - Meglisalp - Wasserauen

From Widderalpsattel descend to Meglisalp via Bötzelsattel and Spitzigstein. From Meglisalp take the exposed, but well-equipped Schrennenweg high above Seealpsee to reach Klein-Hütten and Wasserauen.

Variant: Widderalpsattel - Trüest - Kreuzböhl

The following variant is more direct and slightly faster: from Widderalpsattel descend the Bötzel bowl and follow a rough path through the rocky ledges of Trüest to reach Kreuzböhl.

Variant: Meglisalp - Seealpsee - Wasserauen

The descent from Meglisalp can also be via Unterstrich and Seealpsee (restaurant). The stretch from Seealpsee to Wasserauen is on a tiresome concrete road. Same hiking time.

Additional information

Departure and arrival point

Wasserauen, Bahnhof (868 m)

Time

Wasserauen–Bogartenlücke–Marwees: 4 h

Marwees–Meglisalp–Wasserauen: 2½ h

Difficulty / Material

Until Bogartenlücke the difficulty is T2. Then the trail to Marwees is marked white-blue-white (alpine hiking trail). An information board details the dangers of this stretch. Granted, the trail is steep, and the traverse to a grassy terrace may be precarious or even impassable, especially when wet or snow-covered. However, in good conditions, with appropriate gear and surefootedness the hike on the ridge should be a real pleasure (low T4). Some exposed passages are also found on the descent on Schrennenweg from Meglisalp to Wasserauen, but they are well equipped (T3).

Waypoints
Neighbor summit

Bogartenmannli (1730 m)

The Bogartenmannli rock tower at Bogartenlücke can be climbed with a few moves (II-III, rope).

Authors

Fabian Lippuner

David Coulin

David Coulin works as a communications manager, photojournalist and author. In addition, he provides mountain experiences throughout Switzerland and has published several alpine hiking and snowshoeing guides through the SAC.

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