Graubünden Tourism

Hiking Safely: Trail Markers and Signs

Hiking reflects the spirit of our time. No matter if you call it «trekking» or «hiking», it is important that you know the different markers and signs so that you can choose a suitable route.

Hiking trails

Hiking trails are generally accessible trails specifically for walking. The paths run, whenever possible, away from roads with motorized traffic and are usually not surfaced with tarmac or concreate. Hiking trails often run on wide paths. However, they can also be narrow and uneven. Steep passages are fitted with steps. Rivers are crossed on bridges or walkways. Dangerous areas are usually secured with railings.

Requirements

Apart from normal attention and caution, hiking trails have no special requirements for hikers.

Equipment

Sturdy shoes with a non-slip sole, equipment appropriate to current weather conditions and topographic maps are required.

Signs and markers

Yellow (generally)

Sign hiking trails

Mountain trails

Mountain trails are hiking trails that partially access difficult terrain. They are mostly steep, narrow and exposed in places. Some streams are only crossable by fords. Particularly difficult sections are secured with ropes or chains.

Requirements

Hikers on mountain trails must be surefooted, not have fear of heights, be physically fit and have knowledge of the possible dangers in the mountains (rock falls, danger of slipping/ falling, sudden weather changes).

Equipment

Sturdy shoes with a non-slip sole, equipment appropriate to current weather conditions and topographic maps are required.

Signs and markers

Yellow with white-red-white tip (generally)

Sign mountain trails

Alpine trails

Alpine trails are challenging mountain hiking trails. They lead partly through unmarked terrain, over areas of snow, glaciers, screes, rock falls and through rocks with short climbing sections. It should not be assumed that structural precautions have been made and in any case these would be limited to particularly exposed areas with the danger of falling.

Requiremsent

Hikers must be surefooted, not have fear of heights, be physically very fit and know how to use ropes and a pick axe as well as being able to overcome climbing sections with the help of their hands. They must have knowledge of the possible dangers in the mountains (rock falls, danger of slipping/ falling, sudden weather changes).

Equipment

In addition to the equipment for mountain trails, an altimeter and compass may be useful, and a rope, pick axe and crampons may be necessary for glacier crossings.

Signs and markers

White-blue-white (an additional «alpine trail» information panel at the beginning of the trail highlights the special requirements.)

Sign alpine trails

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