This scenic hike climbs to Fuorcla Surlej, with panoramic views of Piz Bernina and Roseg, and then travels along a high trail with splendid views of the Benina Range. Hikers can opt to visit the Coaz Hut, set amid a glacial wonderland, or walk to Pontresina via the beautiful Val Roseg.
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- Distance: 3.0 miles (round trip) to Fuorcla Surlej
4.1 miles (one way) to Viewpoint
12.3 miles (one way) to Pontresina (Complete Hike)
- Elevation: 8,855-ft. at Trailhead
9,039-ft. at Fuorcla Surlej
8,710-ft. at Viewpoint
5,830-ft. at Pontresina (Complete Hike)
- Elevation Gain: 327-ft. to Fuorcla Surlej
766-ft. to Viewpoint
-2,880-ft. to Pontresina (Complete Hike)
- Difficulty: strenuous
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St Moritz / Eastern Switzerland
Why Hike Fuorcla Surlej to Pontresina via Coaz Hut
Glorious, panoramic views of Piz Bernina and Piz Roseg from Fuorcla Surlej, front row seats to an incredible spectacle of rock and ice from the Coaz Hut and a lovely walk through the beautiful meadows and peaceful forest of Val Roseg make this one of my favorite hikes in the St. Moritz area.
This hike starts at the Murtel middle station of the Corvatsch cable car where hikers are greeted with terrific views of the Upper Engadine lakes plateau. From Mutel a good trail climbs to the Fuorcla Surlej (Surlej Pass), renowned for its magnificent views of the Piz Bernina, Piz Roseg and the Tschierva Glacier. In the background, impressive glaciers spill down the slopes of the Stella massif.
Beyond the pass the trail curves southwest, traveling high above the west side of the Val Roseg through pretty meadows sprinkled with wildflowers. With every step the views of the Bernina range get better and better. Straight ahead are splendid views of peaks forming the valley’s glacier-covered headwall, including Piz Stella and Piz Gluschaint. Piz Bernina and Piz Roseg rise directly across the valley. The milky glacial waters of Lej da Vadret lie cradled on the valley floor.
Hikers can either find a scenic lunch spot along the high trail to take in the views or walk to all the way to the Coaz Hut at the end of the trail. The hut, perched on a rocky knob, enjoys awesome up-close views of the massive Roseg and Stella glaciers tumbling down the valley’s headwall. From the high trail, two paths descend to the floor of the Val Roseg and then head down valley through pretty meadows and forests to Pontresina.
It is too long for most hikers to go over the pass, visit the hut and then walk down to Pontresina in one day. This trip is best done by spending a night at the Coaz Hut. Day hikers can either visit the hut on an out-and-back hike from Murtel or go part way to the Coaz Hut, finding a scenic overlook on the high trail, before hiking down Val Roseg to Pontresina.
Pick a nice day for this hike. A good segment of the trail travels along open, exposed slopes -- not a good place to be if the weather is threatening.
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