After reaching Bachalpsee, I decided to take trail #9 down to Waldspitz. This portion of the hike requires proper hiking boots and is recommended for experienced mountain walkers. I agree with the shoe recommendation, but if you’re healthy and in decent shape, it’s a relatively easy hike.
Trail #9 has a constant view of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau straight ahead, with green, flower covered mountains on either side of the path. A meandering stream accompanies you to your left down the valley. In other words, it’s freaking awesome.
At Waldspitz, I chose to take the steep, direct route to Bort (trail #4). It’s a seemingly endless switchback staircase, which would have been okay if I had trimmed my toenails. By the time I reached Bort, I felt like I had ripped up both nails on each of my big toes (I’ve done this before). Luckily, this wasn’t the case, but they are still sore to touch.
I had originally planned to hike from Bort back down to Grindelwald, but I didn’t want to cause my toenails any additional damage. I decided to take the gondola back down instead (this cost 8 CHF).
I’ve been itching to get out again and try a different hike, Kleine Scheidegg is next on my list, but the weather has been awful this week. However, if there’s one thing I’ve learned since moving here, the weather never stays the same for long.