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4 Lake Hike to the Untersee, Stausee, Grüenseeli and Alteinsee

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  • / Grüenseeli
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  • / Alteinsee.
    Photo: Jochen Ihle, CC BY, Tourenplaner SCHWEIZ
  • / Alteinwasserfall
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  • / Der kleine Alteinwasserfall
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This hike takes you to 4 of a total of 10 lakes in Arosa. From the Untersee you start in the direction of the Isel. There you will also reach the Stausee. If you follow the path you will reach the Grüenseeli. On the way back you pass the Alteinsee and you can see the Altein waterfalls. At the end you return to the starting point Untersee.
difficult
Distance 15.5 km
5:50 h
953 m
953 m

The part 10-lake hike leads past four of the lakes. The entire trail leads over hill and dale and is therefore somewhat challenging.

Untersee

The Untersee is located at 1,691 meters above sea level and is directly connected to the Obersee via the Mittelbach. It is the natural bathing lake of Arosa and has a depth of 17 meters.

Stausee

The Stausee, sometimes called Iselsee, is located at 1,606 m.a.s.l., just below the village of Arosa.

Grüenseeli

The Grüenseeli is situated at 1'811 m.a.s.l. surrounded by an idyllic little forest. From the outflow of the Stausee up the road, followed by a narrow hiking trail, the Grüenseeli is reached in about 45 minutes.

Alteinsee

The Alteinsee is situated at 2'251 m.a.s.l. on Altein Tiefenberg, an alpine plateau in the Strelakette, south of the Arosa reservoir. Situated between the Alteiner Riegel and the Alteiner Fürggli, an incomparable view of numerous mountains presents itself from the lake.

The board for the 10-Lake-Plausch is placed at the outflow of the lake.

Author’s recommendation

Wear good shoes, the hike is a bit demanding.

After the hike, take a dip in the Untersee and enjoy a delicious ice cream in the restaurant.

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Update: March 24, 2021
Difficulty
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Technique
Stamina
Experience
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Highest point
Schiesshorn Furgga, 2,430 m
Lowest point
Stausee, 1,607 m
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Rest Stop

Restruant Strandbad Arosa
Restaurant Strandbad
Furggaalp

Tips and hints

10-Lake-Hike

Start

Untersee Arosa (1,692 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'771'438E 1'183'308N
DD
46.778874, 9.683775
DMS
46°46'43.9"N 9°41'01.6"E
UTM
32T 552198 5180818
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Destination

Untersee Arosa

Turn-by-turn directions

The tour starts at Untersee and leads across the Stausee to Grüenseeli. From there you hike behind the Schiesshorn to the Alteinsee. At the end you will reach the Altein waterfalls. From there you return to Untersee, which is the destination of the hike.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

By RhB from Chur to Arosa. Then on foot or by local bus to Untersee.

Getting there

By car on the road from Chur to Arosa to Untersee.

Parking

It has a parking lot near the lower lake.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'771'438E 1'183'308N
DD
46.778874, 9.683775
DMS
46°46'43.9"N 9°41'01.6"E
UTM
32T 552198 5180818
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

good footwear, clothing suitable for the weather, food and drink

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
15.5 km
Duration
5:50 h
Ascent
953 m
Descent
953 m
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