There are several routes in the destination of Gstaad that are suitable for trail running. Besides the 3 existing Helsana trails, the Alpness Trail, and two signposted trail running routes there is now a new trail more. The trail is very worthwhile but very challenging, from Gstaad you go up to the Wasserngrat over to the alp Turnels and from there back to Gstaad.
Helsana Trail: Gstaad – Saanen, blue
Gstaad - Wispile - Lauenensee (Nr. 24)
This signposted Trail Running route starts right by the Wispile valley station and takes you up to the Wispile. Following the route of the Wispile gondola lift, the trail first runs up to the Bodme middle station and then on to the Wispile mountain station and restaurant. If the initial metres upwards are too strenuous for you, you can take the lift from Gstaad to the Wispile. If you wish, you can take a break at the Wispile mountain restaurant and enjoy the superb views. Follow always the highest point of the ridge and enjoy the great view over the Saanenland. At Chrinetritt the path goes steeply downhill to Chrinepass (1659 m). Once there you have another ascent of about 100 meters in altitude and you finally reach the trail in direction Lake Lauenen (1381 m). On the downhill hiking trail you arrive at the nature reserve of Lake Lauenen. The bus takes you back to Gstaad. You may also walk to Lauenen village (1241 m) and take the bus there.
Notes: You can shorten this route if you wish: Gstaad-Wispile gondola or vice versa (Please note the operating hours for the mountain railways).
It is also possible to extend this route: Lauenen-Gstaad or vice versa.
If going from or to Lauenen please note the bus timetable.
The route is not continuously signposted. Follow the signposts to Lake Lauenen/Lauenen.
Gstaad - Wasserngrat - Turnels - Gstaad (Nr. 25)
Start your trail run at the Gstaad promenade. First, follow the signs for Bissen / Wasserngrat valley station. From the Wasserngrat valley station the Trail Run no. 25 is signposted. The next three kilometres take you steeply uphill. You have the option of stopping off at the Wasserngrat mountain restaurant to enjoy the amazing view of the mountains. After this it is time to cross what is the centrepiece of this trail, a rather narrow and exposed ridge that runs from north to south. Although the exposed areas are secured with ropes, this tour is only suitable for sure-footed runners with a good head for heights. In wet weather, fog or snow this route should be avoided. At Turnelssattel turn left and proceed down towards Alp Turnels, the Wasserngrat valley station and Gstaad.
Tips: The trail can be shortened, so do note the operating times for the Wasserngrat chair lift.You can also extend this route: e.g. Alp Turnels-Giferspitz-Turbach-Gstaad or Turnelssattel-Türli-Lauenen or Turbach-Gstaad.