Mount Pilatus


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Trail stats

14.25 mi
Elevation gain
6,795 ft
Technical difficulty
Elevation loss
6,893 ft
Max elevation
6,794 ft
Min elevation
1,520 ft
Trail type
One Way
Moving time
7 hours 11 minutes
7 hours 49 minutes
December 6, 2017
December 2017
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near Kriens, Kanton Luzern (Switzerland)

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Itinerary description

I started the trekking in the public parking that exists at the foot of the cable car station in Kriens, small village next to Lucern.
My initial idea was to climb the whole mountain, hiking to the summit. But this was not possible because of the weather. It was December and unfortunately there was a lot of snow, and the final part of the trail, after the Frakmunksegg station, was closed. Then, the last few meters I was forced to do using the cable car.
Anyway, it was an amazing hiking, of infinite beauty.


Pilatus (also often referred to Mount Pilatus) is a mountain massif overlooking Lucerne in Central Switzerland. It is composed of several peaks, of which the highest (2,128 m (6,982 ft)) is named Tomlishorn and is located about 1.3 km (0.81 mi) to the southeast of the top cable car and cog railway station. The two peaks right next to the stations are called Esel (Donkey, 2,118 m (6,949 ft)), which lies just east over the railway station, the one on the west side is called Oberhaupt (Head-Leader, 2,105 m (6,906 ft)). Jurisdiction over the massif is divided between the cantons of Obwalden (OW), Nidwalden (NW), and Lucerne (LU). The main peaks are right on the border between Obwalden and Nidwalden.

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PictographPhoto Altitude 1,686 ft
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Start point

The trail begins in the parking of the cable car, at Kriens, beside Lucern.

PictographBridge Altitude 2,385 ft
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Wood Bridge

PictographPanorama Altitude 2,792 ft
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First part of the climb

PictographIntersection Altitude 3,333 ft
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PictographMountain pass Altitude 3,343 ft
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PictographMountain pass Altitude 4,633 ft
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Second cable car station.

PictographPanorama Altitude 4,672 ft
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Cable car


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