The mountainous area between Sernf Valley and Linthal is not only interesting because of its beautiful landscape but also because it has an interesting history. In 1548, it was declared Europe's first hunting reserve, the Free Mountain Kärpf. Only specially appointed hunters were allowed to hunt here. They hunted for "wedding chamois", that is chamois that were then roasted at weddings held between July and November.
These days, there is a wondeful hiking trail that snakes right into the high alpine valley connecting Mettmenalp and Wildmad-Furggeli, the pass that crosses down into Elm. Every once in a while one will chance upon the sculptures by the Glarus sculptor Tina Hauser. Alpine flowers, moors, forests, and craggy cliffs line the trail. One may be lucky enogh to find entire herds of chamois or ibex jumping around on the higher ledges. On the Wildmaad-Furggeli one has a wonderful view of the Sernf Valley and across the valley to the various peaks such as Spitzmeilen, Surenstock and Piz Segnas. Then clamber up the grassy flanks towards Empächli, from where one takes the aerial cable-car to Elm.
Charming mountain inn on Mettmenalp (Tel. 055 644 14 15). Didactic Fen Hiking Trail Garichti, Mettmenalp-
How to get there:
Drive or take public transportation from Glarus to Schwanden, take the bus to Kies, the aerial cable-car
to Mettmenalp. Return by aerial cable-car Empächli-Elm, in Elm, take Swiss Post Bus back to Schwanden
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.