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2021: Various Hikes / Tours

4 Days Hike April 2021: Zug - Hochdorf - Schoeftland - Schloss Hallwyl - Horben - Zug


4 Days Hike: Zug - Hochdorf - Schoeftland - Schloss Hallwyl - Horben - Zug (~100km)

Pondered for a brief hike for 3-4 days exploring the pre-alpin middle land (Mittelland) with low ridges of 700-800m high and flat wide valleys in between - easy to hike.

Friday 04/23/2021: Zug - Sins - Hochdorf - Roemerswil (24km)

Starting 8:30, briefly along the Lake of Zug, in Cham leaving toward Sins, over the old bridge crossing the river Reuss. Abtwil, and descending into Hochdorf, briefly shopping and then reaching Roemerswil and a bit outside a small forest where I rest around 16:00 and decide to stay for tonight here. Sunny but windy, wind from the north cooling the strong sunshine of late April, apprx. 18°C - I feel physically well.

◈ Letten, Meienberg, 2021/04/23 11:33
◈ Letten, Meienberg, 2021/04/23 11:33
◈ Winterhalden, Sins, 2021/04/23 11:50
◈ Winterhalden, Sins, 2021/04/23 11:50
◈ Winterhalden, Sins, 2021/04/23 11:50
◈ Oberebersol, Ottenhusen, 2021/04/23 12:54
◈ Oberebersol, Ottenhusen, 2021/04/23 12:54
◈ Wilhoh, Unterebersol, Ottenhusen (Δ 570m), 2021/04/23 13:29
◈ Römerswil (Δ 739m), 2021/04/23 15:06
◈ Römerswil, 2021/04/23 15:58
◈ Römerswil, 2021/04/23 18:28
◈ Römerswil, 2021/04/23 18:29
◈ Römerswil, 2021/04/23 19:29
◈ Römerswil, 2021/04/23 19:47

Saturday 04/24: Roemerswil - Sursee - Schoeftland (30km)

Had a good sleep, leaving 8:00 and crossing a golf park, then a nice forest near Vogelsang ("Birdsong"), with a great view to the next valley of Suhr, below the Lake of Sempach and Sursee (city) at the northern end of the lake, it's noon, and I shop food for today and tomorrow Sunday as shops are closed Sundays in Switzerland. I leave Sursee along the river Suhr heading north for ~3.5 hours until I reach Schoeftland, 16:30 - I feel exhausted so I know I won't continue too far but hike up the hill east from the village and find a nice spot to pitch my tent for tonight. Quite a lot of ticks start to walk on the tent, outer and inner net outside though, so I know next morning to pay close attention to clear the tent thoroughly before packing.

◈ Hildisrieden (Δ 774m), 2021/04/24 08:40
◈ Hildisrieden (Δ 772m), 2021/04/24 08:40
◈ Voremwald, Eich, 2021/04/24 10:17
◈ Schenkon (Δ 717m), 2021/04/24 10:17
Sursee, Lake of Sempach
2021/04/24 11:29
Sursee, Lake of Sempach
2021/04/24 11:29
2021/04/24 12:34
2021/04/24 12:35
2021/04/24 12:35
◈ Blick zur Heimat, Schöftland, 2021/04/24 16:37
◈ Blick zur Heimat, Schöftland (Δ 580m), 2021/04/24 16:37
◈ Schöftland, 2021/04/24 16:59
◈ Schöftland, 2021/04/24 16:59
◈ Schöftland, 2021/04/24 16:59
◈ Schöftland, 2021/04/24 17:03
◈ Schöftland, 2021/04/24 17:03
◈ Schöftland, 2021/04/24 17:23
◈ Schöftland, 2021/04/24 17:24

Sunday 04/25: Schoeftland - Teufenthal - Schloss Hallwyl - Bettwil - Horben (28km)

Good sleep yet the temperature was dropping from 18°C to 5°C during the night, the birds sing early and otherwise no sound of civilization in the midst of the forest - that's why I also like to camp in the forest - and slowly pack everything while I'm in the small tent, and then shake the tent from the inside so 7-8 ticks fall off the inner and outer tent and rather quickly pack the tent as I know the ground is full of ticks waiting to walk up the folding tent or the backpack nearby - that's the other side of camping in the forest, you might find spots which are nice but also host a lot of ticks you like to avoid biting. So, 8:00 I leave still in the forest, and on the ridge further toward Teufenthal down a small valley, and up again - leaving one valley to the next.

As a side-note: the valley aren't deep, but they all align south to north and end near the river Rhein - they were formed by glaciers from the alps in the central/southern part of Switzerland - the region is also called "pre-alpine" or Voralpen.

So I reach the Hallwilersee or Lake of Hallwil with Castle of Hallwyl at the northern end of the lake, from there ascend to Fahrwangen, Bettwill and then into the forest on top of the long Lindenberg and Horben, apprx 40min before I reach Horben I find a nice spot to camp, again in the forest. 16:30 pitching the tent and resting.

◈ Hirschthal, 2021/04/25 08:16
◈ Hirschthal, 2021/04/25 08:30
◈ Gschneit, Unterkulm, 2021/04/25 09:07
◈ Gschneit, Unterkulm, 2021/04/25 09:07
◈ Schneckenacker, Oberkulm, 2021/04/25 10:20
◈ Schneckenacker, Oberkulm, 2021/04/25 10:23
◈ Schneckenacker, Oberkulm, 2021/04/25 10:23
◈ Schneckenacker, Oberkulm, 2021/04/25 10:24
◈ Pt 672, Dürrenäsch, 2021/04/25 10:51
◈ Pt 672, Dürrenäsch, 2021/04/25 10:52
◈ Pt 672, Dürrenäsch, 2021/04/25 10:52
◈ Pt 672, Dürrenäsch (Δ 721m), 2021/04/25 10:55
◈ Hübel, Leutwil, 2021/04/25 11:06
◈ Boniswil, 2021/04/25 11:43
◈ Schloss Hallwyl, Seengen (Δ 487m), 2021/04/25 11:50
◈ Seengen, 2021/04/25 11:52
◈ Schloss Hallwyl, Seengen, 2021/04/25 11:56
◈ Schloss Hallwyl, Seengen (Δ 502m), 2021/04/25 11:56
◈ Seengen, 2021/04/25 12:11
◈ Seengen, 2021/04/25 12:11
◈ Seengen, 2021/04/25 12:15
◈ Höllrebe, Seengen, 2021/04/25 12:17
◈ Fahrwangen, 2021/04/25 12:46
◈ Flueren, Meisterschwanden, 2021/04/25 12:50
◈ Fahrwangen (Δ 659m), 2021/04/25 13:43
◈ Fahrwangen (Δ 666m), 2021/04/25 13:43
◈ Fahrwangen (Δ 661m), 2021/04/25 13:43
◈ Fahrwangen (Δ 669m), 2021/04/25 13:48
◈ Oberschongau, Oberschongau, Schongau, 2021/04/25 14:33
◈ Unterbad, Buttwil, 2021/04/25 15:54
◈ Unterbad, Buttwil, 2021/04/25 15:54
◈ Müswangen, 2021/04/25 16:28
◈ Müswangen, 2021/04/25 16:28

Many villages end with or contain:

  • au: where a bending river creates wet land or forest
  • wil: literally "spot to rest", or also "a couple of houses"

Monday 04/26: Horben - Sins - Zug (21km)

Awake early in the night, but waiting until the sun rises, and leaving 8:00 again, after 30-40min I reach Horben, a beautiful spot with an old chapel and a restaurant and wide view to Zugerland (Canton Zug) and the mountain of Rigi. Then descend toward Auw, and reach Sins again, over the old bridge and continue to Cham and reach my destination again, 14:00.

◈ Geltwil, 2021/04/26 08:30
◈ Geltwil, 2021/04/26 08:30
◈ Horben, Beinwil, 2021/04/26 09:00
◈ Horben, Horben, Beinwil, 2021/04/26 09:08
◈ Horben, Beinwil, 2021/04/26 09:10
◈ Horben, Beinwil, 2021/04/26 09:10
◈ Horben, Beinwil, 2021/04/26 09:10
◈ Horben, Beinwil, 2021/04/26 09:21
◈ Ober Illau, Hohenrain, 2021/04/26 09:21
◈ Beinwil, 2021/04/26 09:45

The hike was easy, but the steady north wind ("Biese") constantly all day long made my eyes water, on the other hand it limited the heat in the direct sunlight and easy to hike 7-8 hours per day; and running shoes with good grip made a huge difference to traditional hiking shoes, and follow my preference to hiking sandals or lightweight solid running shoes.

I used again the lightweight tent (3F Lanshan 1, ultra-lightweight pitched with a single walking-stick) with barely 500g, and got better experience to pitch it properly, but it's really low with little headspace when sitting (e.g. eating inside the tent), but sufficient headspace when laying down.


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