Catch the S15 train at 8.39 at Zurich main station at 8.39 am on Track 43 or 44. At 9.08 am you will arrive at Rüti ZH on Track 2. Please change to Track 3 and take the train S26 at 9.12 am (direction Winterthur) to Steg where you will arrive at 9.31 am. Archie & Betty - your four legged tour guides will wait with me at the train station for you. Whenever fog covers the lowlands, we take a little sunshine hike to the "Hoernli" (1133 m above sea level). After a short walk through the little village Steg, we can admire a colorful bunch of Alpacas grazing at the hillside next to the road. Shortly after we turn off the road unto the hiking route to the Hörnli mountain with a bunch of steep ascends followed by some flatter bits that let us catch our breath. After about 40 minutes we can spot the Restaurant at the top of the Hoernli. With our eyes fixed on it, we will manage the last steep 15 minutes with ease. While hiking up (and on the top) we are rewarded with beautiful views over the mountains and hills. After having had a coffee, we have a few options descending: If you are adventurous, you may descend on your own terms by kickboard or sledge (in winter) to the station or with us on foot. Walking time: about 2h45, ascent / descent 440m each. Route: Steg 695m - Breitenweg 901 m (45min) - Tanzplatz 970m (10min) - Hörnli 1133m (40min) - Steg 695m (1h10).
I'm an regular hiker and spend lots of time outdoors with my beautiful white Akita dogs. As they and I get easily bored doing the same rounds over and over again, we continuously look for hiking tours in the greater Zurich area or my home region, the Toggenburg - Switzerlands answer to Hobbit-Land. Our hikes are easy to medium level, so most of you should be able to follow with no problem at all.
Alpaca-Ranch Hiking Trail from Steg to Hörnli Hiking Trail from Hörnli via Hinterhörnli to Steg If snow conditions allow: sledging trail down If guests would like to drive down on their own terms with the kickboards - the kickboard road.
Please note, that my very friendly Akita Dogs are hiking with us. Should you have further appointments after the hike, please check feasibility before booking. The time span of the experience is based on an average hiking speed and includes a coffee break.
Mountain hike to Hörnli with Akita dogs