|Starting point:||Susten (Leuk railway station)|
|Destination:||Susten (Leuk railway station)|
|Getting to the starting point:||Railway / car, Brig–Sierre/Sion|
|Back from the destination:||ditto|
|Difference in elevation:||Ascent 320 m, descent 320 m|
|Hiking time:||2h 30m|
|Season:||April to November|
|Note: Pulligen (Pletschen) can be reached by car. During long periods of heavy precipitation, visitors should not remain in the vicinity of the trench.|
An "awesome" and memorable vista down into the Rhone Valley opens up from the upper Grabenrad near Chandolin, or from the Illhorn (2716 m).
This short hike starts at the Leuk station (625m) and passes the old well before reaching the Hexenplatz. The forest trail follows the Illgraben - an impressive trench where the water continually wears out deep grooves. At the highest point of the trail at 855 metres, the 134-metre long Bhutan Bridge crosses the Illgraben. The hanging walkway that connects the Lower and Upper Valais symbolises the bridging of a cultural divide. The return trip passes through the Pfyn Forest in the direction of Obere Abschlacht and back to Leuk station.
It is well worth continuing a little further up into the trench (Güetji) for an impressive view of its interior.
After crossing the Bhutan Bridge, the return route follows the left side of the trench, through the Pfyn forest towards Obere Abschlacht and back to Leuk railway station.
The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.