Snowshoetrail First

3.0 km
Travel time
approx. 1 ½ h
Tour details
Tour details
Snowshoetrail First
Weitsicht nach Sörenberg und die Berner Alpen.
Photo: UNESCO Biosphäre Entlebuch
Snowshoetrail First
Photo: UNESCO Biosphäre Entlebuch
Snowshoetrail First
Bergrestaurant First über dem Nebel.
Photo: UNESCO Biosphäre Entlebuch
Snowshoetrail First
Schneeschuhtrail auf die First. Im Hintergrund die Schafmatt.
Photo: UNESCO Biosphäre Entlebuch
Snowshoetrail First
Schneeschuhtrail auf der First über dem Nebelmeer.
Photo: UNESCO Biosphäre Entlebuch
Snow crunching underfoot amidst a snowy winter landscape – the range of hills featuring the Napf on the right, a mountain backdrop with the Risetenstock, Schimbrig and Schafmatt on the left. And once you arrive at the First, a welcome Entlebuch-style coffee with schnapps. What more could you ask for?
Heiligkreuz is a real gem in the Entlebuch UNESCO biosphere. The snowshoe trail begins in this well-known destination for pilgrims. You climb past the Kurhaus Hotel and the former holiday home of the Ingenbohl Sisters of Mercy; the second half of the route follows the winter hiking trail. Passing the First alpine refuge you follow the panorama of the Schafmatt towards Hasler Howald over snow-covered pastures in mostly open terrain. Continue slightly uphill to the Doppleschwanderhowald. If you're lucky with the weather, this is where you can glimpse distant views to Sörenberg and the Bernese Alps: aside from the Schrattenfluh and Brienzer Rothorn, you could see the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau triumvirate and other tall Bernese peaks.

Are your legs still in good shape? Then, if it's safe to do so, how about a detour to the Farnere, the mountain nearest Schüpfheim, gateway to the Entlebuch? The First snowshoe trail leads from the Doppleschwanderhowald directly and relatively evenly back to the First mountain restaurant. You may like to pause here and enjoy the panorama on the sundeck while sipping a genuine Entlebucher Kafi, which is coffee laced with Träsch or Chrüter (fruit or herb schnapps). On one side, you can see the Heiligkreuz ski lift, backed by wide-ranging views of the Napf and even the distant Jura chain. The other side is more alpine, with the imposing Risetestock, Schimbrig and Schafmatt jutting skywards.

After taking a break to enjoy the sweeping views, follow the route back to the First Alpine Hut. Then continue along the same trail as at the beginning back to Heiligkreuz, the starting point. If you prefer not to take the same route back, turn off at the mountain restaurant and head straight for Reistegg; this brings you back to Heiligkreuz on the same route as the winter hiking trail.

Technical details

Tour type
Starting point
Bergrestaurant First
Point of arrival
Bergrestaurant First
3 / 6
122 m
121 m
Best Time of Year
January, February, March, November, December

Bergrestaurant First - Doppleschwander Howald - Hasler Howald - Alphütte First- Bergrestaurant First

Safety information

Bitte beachten Sie, dass die beiden Routen hinauf zur First keine reinen Schneeschuhtrails sind, sondern auch auch als Winterwanderwege genutzt werden.

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Good to know

Es stehen mehrere kostenlose Parkplätze in Heiligkreuz zur Verfügung.
Arrival / Return journey
Heiligkreuz ist mit dem Auto von Hasle in ca. 5 Minuten erreichbar und von Schüpfheim in knapp 10 Minuten.
Accessible by bus and train
Public transport

Sie erreichen Heiligkreuz mit dem Postauto. Die Postauto-Haltestelle «Heiligkreuz» befindet sich direkt neben der Wallfahrtskirche sowie dem Hotel Kurhaus Heiligkreuz.

Der Start der Wanderung befindet sich ebenfalls direkt bei der Postauto-Haltestelle.

Further information & links

UNESCO Biosphäre Entlebuch
Chlosterbüel 28
CH-6170 Schüpfheim
Tel. +41 (0)41 485 88 50