Last summer we decided to try out the newly inaugurated Trutg dil Flem – a special water/mountain trail in the Swiss Alps.
“Trutg” is the Rhaeto-Romanic (the fourth official Swiss language) word for mountain trail; “Flem” is the river, which flows through Flims and is the village’s lifeblood guaranteeing the water and electrical power supply of the famous mountain resort.
The river marks the landscape of Flims and the surrounding areas which are part of the UNESCO world nature heritage; hiking the Trutg dil Flem allows you to enjoy the natural attractions embedded into the stunning mountain scenery. The trail leads from the village’s center to the breathtaking waterfall on a platform called “unterer Segnesboden”. Some passages lead you directly alongside the riverbank through narrow valleys, over unique bridges constructed by the local engineer Jürg Conzett, past waterfalls, water mills and water slides; other passages take you along the upper edge of the stream cut in the midst of lovely, alpine landscape.
You have the choice between several routes varying from two to five hours either going up or downhill. We – being the mountain goats – started in Naraus (we got there by cable car from Flims), moved up towards Cassons where we crossed to reach the “unterer Segnesboden”.
We spotted many grazing cows, luscious grassland and beautiful flowers typical for the Alps like gentians and Alpine roses.
One of the highlights is for sure the thunderous waterfall on the platform “unterer Segnesboden” where we took a break – over 2000 meters above sea level. It was a beautiful, sunny and hot summer day but the water coming down the waterfall was ice cold; ideal to cool our beers for the picnic.
We continued our way downhill and reached the village after about 4.5 hours of hiking – good hiking boots are definitely a must as the trail is at some points rather steep! Here a few more impressions:
By the way: the stream Flem flows into the Rhine river in the Ruinaulta – a valley which is called the Swiss Grand Canyon. Another spectacular site but lets leave that for another post!