Hinderelabria circular walk
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We start the hike at the mountain station Palfries. With the Palfriesbahn we have previously overcome about 1,250 meters of altitude in just 8 minutes. The train passes an imposing waterfall (Ragnaterbach) and takes us up to the Palfries plateau.
The beautifully laid out and varied path always leads slightly uphill over small bridges through beautiful vegetation. If we are lucky, we will discover rare flowers, visited by various butterflies and (wild) bees. The view of the St. Gallen Rhine Valley rewards us for the 170 meters of altitude we had to overcome.
During the mountain spring you will be surprised by many gentians, along with other alpine flowers. It is also not excluded that we even see a white gentian off the path.
Daytime hiking backpack (approx. 20 litres) with rain cover, sturdy and comfortable footwear, weather-adapted and durable clothing in the multi-layer principle, if necessary telescopic poles, sun and rain protection, provisions and drinking water, first aid kit, pocket knife, mobile phone, possibly headlamp, map material
From the mountain station we hike on the asphalted alpine road in a southeasterly direction to Chamm. Continue downhill along the road and continue towards Labria. In dry weather, the shortcut over the alpine pasture can also be chosen from the Chamm. Then we turn left and follow the hiking trail to the Hinterelabria area. The beautifully laid out and varied path always leads slightly uphill over small bridges through a beautiful vegatation. If we are lucky, we will discover rare flowers, visited by various butterflies and wild bees. The view of the St. Gallen Rhine Valley rewards us for the 170 meters of altitude we have to overcome.
During the transition, we become aware of the vastness of the Palfries plateau. We have reached the highest point of the hike. There we turn half right and follow the marked mountain path. During the mountain spring we are surprised - among other alpine flowers - by many gentians. It is also not excluded that we even see a white one off the path. We follow the white-red-white marked mountain path to the Berggasthaus Palfries or back to the mountain station.
If we want to enjoy a wonderful alpine flora a quarter of an hour longer, then we do not branch off and continue the hike on the more or less flat path, until we reach the mountain path Avier (2,342 m above sea level). Here we take the path downhill, where we will arrive within a very short time at the parking lot belonging to the Berggasthaus Palfries. The hiking time from here back to the starting point, namely to the Palfries mountain station, is a quarter of an hour.
By train to Flums or Sargans, then by bus to the stop Heiligkreuz Ragnatsch. Ride on the Palfries cable car.
Motorway exit Flums, then on the main road towards Sargans/Mels. The valley station of the Palfriesbahn is located in Heiligkreuz on the left side of the road. The Palfriesbahn is signposted.
Public parking available at the valley station of the Palfriesbahn (subject to charges)
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