AROSA TO THE WEISSHORN

 

Leaving the railway station we walked along the lake and climbed up lanes and paths through the woods to Maran (1862m). Then we took an unmarked path though the forest to reduce lane walking. Just before the Unter Prätschsee we turned onto a Bergweg marked Ochsenalp. This climbed past a dried up lake bed to a small lake. Just beyond this, at about 2110m, we took the path signposted to the Weisshorn.

The Brüggerhorn seen from the path above Ochsenalp

This meanders, generally uphill, over moraines and scrubland before climbing up the side of the Brüggerhorn to the Sattelhütte at 2401m (closed in summer). From this path there are good views of Chur down the Plessur valley. The final climb to the Weisshorn is steep in places – first up a very eroded ridge and then for the last 100m of ascent up a stony path, which winds its way up the rocky summit of the Weisshorn. 

The path to the Weisshorn seen from near the Satellütte

On the summit is an excellent orientation table with a circular mountain profile chart around its rim as well as the direction of the major European cities. The time to the Weisshorn from Arosa was about 3 ¼ hours.