From Elm through the canyon. (Normal route) Martinsmadhütte SAC 2002 m
- 3:30 h, 1070 m
A nice path leading through a gorge and past three impressive waterfalls.
A varied hike, worth doing even for its own sake. After passing through the cold imposing gorge, the eye can barely get enough of the flowery meadows of Tschinglenalp. Beside the rushing waterfalls the hiker quickly gains height. In between each, however, more flower-filled meadows, both at Rindermatt and Biflen am Bach invite you to linger. The last ascent to the hut is steep, but secured with ropes. Children should also be short-roped here.
Follow the marked footpath from Elm Untertal to the lower cable car station. Either board the cable car, or continue walking via Lauiboden, through the forest and along the side of the Chinglen gorge to reach Nideren. The cable car takes an hour off your hike.
From Nideren climb giant steps, first up onto the plateau of Matt, then on to Rindermätteli, before the final climb into the cauldron, location of the Martinsmadhütte.
From Elm Dorf head south to cross the 'Goppelsteg' bridge at P. 976. Follow the road approx. 300 m, then turn left and climb via Gschwend and through steep forest (Gstögg) The forest later thins out and you arrive at Firstboden. At about 1630 m there is the choice to cut left and traverse the slope above Stäfeli, above the old landslide (Elmer Bergsturz 1881), or, continue on the zig-zag path to the viewpoint (P. 1747) on Firstboden. From here, descend to the bridge at P. 1479 (a height loss of only 270m) and continue on the normal ascent.
- Departure point
Elm, Station (957 m)
If you take the cable car to Tschinglen the journey is 1hr shorter.
Elm, Dorf (978 m)
Ausgangspunkt der Variante.