Glarus region

Glarus canton and all regionย is the place I visited quite little, but wanted to explore much more as it offers very beautiful mountain peaks and valleys.

Glarus itself is quite small city, with a population just little higher than 12 000 people, but is definitely very cosy place to visit. This time we didn’t spend much time in Glarus, just drove through as we were going to the village called Unter Stafel. But as much as I saw, Glarus is very welcoming small mountain city.

The road from Glarus to Unter Stafel is very lovely and offers delightful views to mountains. The distance between those destinations is just 25km so in 20 we reached our destination.

Unter Stafel

At first I thought that Unter Stafel is a very small farmers city in the middle of big valley, but it seem that no people are actually living there. There are many many cows in the fields, hundreds. This village has a restaurant and it seems that quite a big military base. While hiking we heard a lot of shots fired and quite many bunker doors in the middle of mountain meadows ๐Ÿ™‚ As well we saw quite a few used bullets and some other military stuff ๐Ÿ™‚ So that’s definitely an interesting place itself.

At first our goal was to reach Panixer Pass. It’s a very interesting destination as in the 18th century general Suvorov from Russia crossed it with all his army. It must have been a very difficult task to complete. As far as I know, general Suvorov lost quite big numbers of people while crossing Alps.

So, Panixer Pass. The problem was that the first sign to Panixer Pass showed us to go through one bridge in Unter Stafel, but it was closed, so we just chose another way and hoped to get back on the trail immediately.

We started to get higher and higher, but found no signs. We saw that higher in the mountains there’s a possible pass and the small trail was seen from below and thought that maybe that was our way up ๐Ÿ™‚

But as we got higher and higher, found zero signs, we came to conclusion that this is not the path to our mountain pass. The trail looked quite abandoned and we had to cross river with no bridge at all this is quite unusual in the trails in Switzerland ๐Ÿ™‚

Still, the views, the trail, the surroundings were so beautiful that we decided just to continue our hike up and see what we get there ๐Ÿ™‚

As we got to the top and as it always happens, there are more places to go up ๐Ÿ™‚

We crossed one bridge (it was actually a wooden plank) above a very fast Alps river and continued our trip further. In two hours we got ourselves to a pretty huge valley with many rivers, snow and enormous peaks around us. The view was stunning.

So we decided to have our small lunch there (4 bananas) and just relax near the river. We washed our legs, faces in the river and as well filled our bottles there. If saying the truth, that is the most delicious water in the world ๐Ÿ™‚

Near the valley as well we found one small house with solar panels, window shutters were open, but the house was closed… so I am not sure if anyone is living or spending time there. We saw no people ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh, what was very cool, for the first time we saw Alps foxes couple of times there. That is quite unusual. They are very fast, but still, very cool thing to see. And we saw one beaver as well ๐Ÿ™‚

At the moment I am not sure if the valley we got ourselves to has a name as I do not find any on the internet. But if you ever get to Unter Stafel and you decide not to go to Panixer Pass, just keep hiking slightly to the right.. as well on the right you are going to see a big waterfall, so just pass it and go up and you will get to the valley we went ๐Ÿ™‚

All in all it took us two hours to get there and less than two hours back. 13 km in total, 3h50min, min altitude 1287m, max altitude 2048m ๐Ÿ™‚

If you have any questions about Unter Stafel or hiking there, please let me know ๐Ÿ™‚ And do not forget to follow me on Instagram: @golookexploreย 

And please enjoy my first ever GoPro video :))




  1. nice story.
    Do you have a map with your hiking route in Glarus region?

    • Yes, I do ๐Ÿ˜‰ I track all my hikes with ENDOMONDO app ๐Ÿ˜‰
      but you simply should start in Unter Stafel and keep going up ๐Ÿ™‚

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