Durrboden to Scaletta Pass

Distance: 5.2 miles

near Davos in Eastern Switzerland

The Schwarzhorn, the Raduner Rothorn and Piz Radont

The Schwarzhorn, the Raduner Rothorn and Piz Radont

 

The trail to Scaletta Pass ascends through pastures, rocky meadows and then scree covered slopes with ever evolving views of high summits surrounding the photogenic valley. Highlights include the glacier-clad Scalettahorn, the peaks rising above the Fuorcla da Grialetsch and the Fluela Schwarzhorn massif.

  • Distance: 5.2 miles (RT)
  • Elevation: 6,575-ft. at Trailhead
    Maximum elevation - 8,547-ft.
  • Elevation Gain: 1,972-ft.
  • Difficulty: moderate-strenuous
  • Basecamp: Davos
  • Region: Eastern Switzerland

 

Trail Description - Durrboden to Scaletta Pass

The lovely Dischma Valley, extending southeast from the main Davos (Landwasser) valley, is sprinkled with small villages set amid emerald green meadows beneath rugged peaks. Daily buses travel to the Berggasthaus Durrboden, the last settlement near the head of the valley.

Above the Berggasthaus the valley branches into three lobes ringed by high summits. The Furgga Valley, with its lovely lake and the popular Grialetsch hut lies to the east. The Scaletta Glacier spills down the slopes of the Scalettahorn and Piz Grialetsch in the aptly named Gletschtalli (Glacier Valley) to the southeast. Our trail to Scaletta Pass heads southwest up the third lobe rimmed by the Bocktenhorn, Leidhorn and Augstenhurli to the west and the Peak 2834 (9,298-ft.) to the east.

Take the post bus from Davos to the Durrboden Restaurant (Berggasthaus Durrboden), the last stop in the Dischma Valley. The historic Berghaus includes a nice restaurant with lovely views of the Scaletta Glacier, Piz Graletsch, the Scalettahorn and neighboring peaks rising above the of the Gletschtalli. The Raduner Rothorn and Fluela Schwarzhorn tower above the valley to the east.

Walk to the south end of the car park, located to the east of the Berghaus. Here a trail signpost points to a broad track heading southeast through pastures up the Dischma Valley to Scaletta Pass. A short distance beyond the trailhead the track splits. We bear right on the trail to Scaletta Pass. The trail to the left leads to the Grialetsch Hut, Fuorcla Radont (Radont Pass) and Fluela Ospiz. See the See the Durrboden to Fuorcla da Grialetsch and Fuorcla Radont hiking description for more information.

The trail immediately crosses a bridge over the Furggabach (Furgga stream) and then ascends on moderate grades through pretty meadows between the Dischmabach (Dischma stream), to the west, and Furggabach, to the east.

At 0.4 miles go through a gate and then pass a small lake near Gletschboden. Soon the grade steepens as the path ascends through rocky meadows scattered with shrubs. Ahead are fine views of the glacier-clad cirque, anchored by the Chilbiritzenspitz, Piz Grialetsch and the Scalettahorn, ringing the Gletschtalli valley.

At 1.1 miles pass a junction with a trail branching left toward the Grialetsch Hut. Our path to Scaletta Pass now curves to the southwest, climbing through rocky meadows and then scree covered slopes beneath the west facing slopes of the Scalettahorn massif. A few switchbacks facilitate the climb.

Turn around for great views of the Raduner Rothorn and Fluela Schwarzhorn to the north/northeast. The Dischmabach tumbles down a rugged slope strewn with rock outcroppings to the west of the trail.

As you gain elevation views open to the Fuorcla da Grialetsch, a col at the head of the Furgga Valley to the east. Raduner Rothern, Piz Radont and the Chilbiritzenspitz rise above the col. The Bocktenhorn, Leidhorn and Augstenhureli rise along the ridge rimming the west side of the valley. Seeboden, a small lake, lies nestled in the meadows along the valley floor. The Dischmabach spills down a rugged cliff above the head of Seeboden.

At 2.1 miles the grade briefly abates as the trail reaches a bench. Here the path travels through a rocky area. The trail builders having lovingly laid rock slabs along this section of the trail to easy the passage. Soon the climb resumes on moderately-steep grade through rocky meadows and rocky slopes.

At 2.4 miles the trail crosses the stream and then climbs a few steep switchbacks to Scaletta Pass (8,550-ft/2,606-meters) at 2.6 miles. The pass, on a medieval trade route between Chur, Davos and S-Chanf, is a great place to take a break and enjoy the views of the rugged ridge, dominated by the Chlein Schwarzhorn, Fluela Schwarzhorn and Raduner Rothorn, towering above the east side of the Dischma Valley. To the south, Piz Musella, Piz Viluoch and Piz Griatschouls fill the skyline above the west side of the Val Susauna. The Chuealphorn and its glacier rise above the ridge to the southwest of the pass and are best seen by walking a short distance down the south side of the pass.

Just below the north side of the pass is a small shelter. In front of the shelter are several large, flat rocks – the perfect place for a picnic or a short break. When you are done enjoying the views retrace your steps to the trailhead at Durrboden. Alternatively, you can continue over the pass, descend through Alp Funtauna and then cross Sertig Pass to Sertig where buses return to Davos. See the Sertig to Durrboden hiking description for more information on this option.

I strongly advise catching the first bus of the day to Durrboden. This will give you plenty of time to enjoy the hike. At the time of this writing the postbus between Davos and Durrboden ran five times a day with the first bus leaving Davos as 8:00 am and the last bus returning to Davos at 4:10pm. If you miss the last bus you will need to walk over 4 miles down the valley to Teufi. Check the current schedules at the SBB website or the SBB app.

Elevation Profile

Elevation profile for the hike from Durrboden to Scaletta Pass

Driving Directions

Davos to Durrboden: From the Bahnhoff (train station) in Davos Dorf (at the northeast end of town), board the bus to Durrboden. Get off at the last stop on the bus. The scenic ride up the Dischma Valley takes about 30 minutes. Regularly scheduled buses return to Davos via the same route. A schedule is posted at the bus stop of Durrboden. You can also check the current schedules at the SBB website or the SBB app.

Note: Buses and trains travel between Davos Dorf and Davos Platz. The train ride takes 3 minutes. Buses take a variety of routes through the town. Pick up a bus schedule at the Tourism Office at the Davos Dorf Bahnhof or near the Sportzentrum in the middle of town, or check the current schedules at the SBB website or the SBB app to find the bus roue and stop most convenient to your accommodations.

 

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